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    Africa – Book Finds

    Several weeks ago we had a brief ‘sojourn’ in Africa. Thought I’d share some titles. I have added them over at Aussie Book Threads. Picture Books Enormous Elephant – Mwenye Hadithi & Adrienne Kennaway In the days before the Big Rains many of the animals looked very different.  This story tells how Enormous Elephant’s trunk was stretched. The children enjoyed this one. A Mam for Owen – Marian Dane Bauer Owen the baby hippo and his mama were best friends.  That was before the tsunami(2004) came. Owen is adopted by a tortoise.  A true story, I was near tears.  Beautiful pictures, moving text. Highly recommend. Catch that Goat- Polly Alakija…

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    China

    With the recent Olympics the past several weeks seemed a suitable time to study China. PC and I thought there would be a fair amount of information available, and to our pleasure there were several very good documentaries on China on the television. We also splurged and purchased several new books and found a few in our library. I share the list in the hope of assisting anyone studying China. The chapter books were all after Mao’s Revolution, the picture books more a cultural exposure. Picture books for the younger ones: The Cloudmakers – James Rumford was a big winner. The pictures were soft and inviting and the storyline was…