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    Australian Picture Bird Books

    Sharing some recent and not so recent picture bird book reads. Where’s my Mum – Susan Hall A lift the flap book, that takes the reader on a search as the baby bird looks for his mum.  We meet several Australian birds on the way. Surprisingly informative, lovely illustrations. Recommended. The Best Nest – Penny Olsen Before the robins begin to build their nest they visit all their friends to see which is the best design. Each bird feels their nest is the best, but the robins don’t feel any are right for them.  Informative with lovely illustrations. Recommended. The Bush Concert – Helga Visser The countryside is in drought,…

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    Braving the Antarctica/Arctic Regions

    A few months ago we borrowed a stack of Antarctica/Arctic books from our local library. Sharing titles for any who are hardy enough to brave the Poles. Perky Little Penguins – Troy Mitton Bright pictures, simple text following the antics of little penguins as they slide and jump and waddle. Sydney of the Antarctic – Coral Tulloch The journey of Sydney, a stuffed rabbit, who visits the Antarctic, mildly informative with a sweet story line. The Last Polar Bears – Harry Horse Grandfather is on an expedition to the North Pole in search of the last polar bears. He is accompanied by Roo, a dog of character and strong views,…

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    Manners – With Books

    Instilling manners is always a work in progress. One fun, non-confronting approach is to read picture books together. I’d like to share some books we have enjoyed together. *For my local friends these are all available at our library. Fancy Nancy – Jane O’Connor Nancy is determined to teach her family to be fancy, they are rather ordinary. 3 Stars. Excuse me – Learning about Politeness – Brian Moses Deals with politeness, manners and courtesy in several different situations. Lighthearted but clear message. 3 Stars. Someday we’ll have Good Manners – Harriet Ziefert Fun, ‘tongue in cheek humour’. We have checked this book out periodically for years. 5 Stars. My…

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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…

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    Early Church /Roman History

    This Term we have been studying Roman History. We started back at Easter time by reading many books from the Time of Christ. This flowed very nicely into Early Church history. We have covered from 33AD to 300AD using RC History as our spine. I have found RC History very useful this term as I was needing something from a Catholic worldview and was tired of inventing the wheel from scratch. It answered those needs but from our families viewpoint it lacked in areas too. It lacks sufficient hands-on projects and lacks plenty of read alouds, I have two children who read an enormous amount, I also felt it lacked…

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    Picture Book Time

    One of my new resolutions is to regularly fit in picture book time with my younger ones. By younger I mean Michaelangelo, Princess and Jelly Bean and of course Jack Jack. For some reason snuggling up with picture books once a great mainstay of our life has fallen by the wayside. I am determined to re-instate this time where it belongs – daily. To this end I am going to keep myself accountable by recording on the sidebar just what we have read. On the first day of ‘kick of’ I shared with Princess that we were going to pick a group of books around a theme and enjoy them.…