Last week was an interrupted week; a belated birthday luncheon for our teens with Marnie (my mum) and our annual local festival, always a big week. However despite the distractions we managed to achieve some reading for our Leaping into Literature theme.
Horrible Science mags
Jelly Bean (11)
Jack Jack (9 – late reader)
Read & Learn with Dr Suess
The Bear’s Holiday
Roos in Shoes – Tom Keneally 0 Star
Farmer Drewe has long shared his land with a mob of kangaroos, when an electricity company threatens to throw him off his farm the kangaroos take action. Told in rhyme.
Cranky the saltwater crocodile life is in danger. She sets out to find a safe place of her own, past many dangers until she finds an island in the middle of the sea. Plenty of information interwoven.
Well known and not so known facts about Australia from A to Z. Was impressed with the accuracy of the information, non-fiction.
The stone lion dreams of running, pouncing and leaping in the park. One snowy night a young homeless girl and her baby brother fall asleep at his feet, in danger of freezing to death. He makes a choice.
Adam moves from Africa to an English city, he strives to adjust to his new home. His teacher gives him seedlings and he transforms his surroundings.
Little Pip’s sibling will soon hatch. Gentle introduction to penguin’s habits and living conditions interwoven in the story.
Bamboo – Paul Yee 5 Star
A new bride presents her husband with bamboo seedlings on their wedding day, they grow into a flourishing grove. The husband leaves for work and the sister-in-law creates much misfortune. Eventually the bamboo saves the life of the returning husband.
A fisherman and his wife have ‘no joy’, one day the fisherman finds a newborn baby in his boat, bought by a wave. He brings them joy. Inspired by the painting Hokusai
The story of the Italian composer Bellini’s rise to fame and his forbidden love, Maddalena. Beautiful and tragic.
Stephen longs to play the flute, but his parents can’t afford one. Instead he learns to play the recorder, then the tin whistle, eventually he receives a flute. He creates beautiful music.
Yet More: 5 Star
Bobby has a special relationship with his grandfather. He teaches him to talk and walk, they play games and create rituals. One day Grandfather suffers a stroke, Bobby misses him, when he finally comes home it is Bobby’s turn to teach Grandfather to talk and walk. Beautiful.
Slight variation on the traditional tale, soft illustrations.
Goldilocks – Ruth Sanders 4 Star
Traditional tale, mostly, gorgeous illustrations.
A lonely boy who lives by the sea takes a whale home for friendship. The children found the boy’s loneliness rather sad.
The Storm – Kathy Henderson 3 Star
A fierce storm rages, a small boy and his mother’s home is threatened by the sea, they take refuge up the hill with his grandmother. For the younger child.
A student tells his teacher he lives with twenty-seven owls, eleven dogs, six goldfish and more.
Mr Whistler has a song in his head and a dance in his legs, he loses his train ticket on the platform and dances out of his clothes looking for it.
Star – Natalie Jane Prior 1 Star
Rhyming text for the very little one