Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Children will have the brand new book 'The Three Bears (sort of)' written by Yvonne Morrison and illustrated by Donovan Bixley read aloud to them while they eat their Cheerios and sip on their milo. It's a really funny take on the fairy tale: a parent telling a child the story, with interjections from the child throughout (‘but bears don’t eat porridge!’ ‘bears can’t speak English!’ etc). There will be prizes and colouring-in to do! I hope you can get along to one of the sessions!
Friday, February 22, 2013
Education Officer for Tiritiri Matangi Island and ex-teacher Barbara Hughes-Cleland wrote the story about Mr RG while on a Royal Society of New Zealand Teacher Fellowship Scholarship.
The story is about Mr RG a young male tomtit nd his translocation from the Hunua Ranges to Tiritiri Matangi. We follow the story of his courting his mate, their feeding their young, and being protected from predators by volunteers working in the Hunua Ranges. Mr RG was transferred along with 31 of his relatives to Tiritiri Matangi where he should have lived a happy stressfree life. Read the story to find out what happens to him (and you'll be pleased it is not a sad ending) ... It made the headlines!
The story is written in creative non-fiction style (like a story) and is illustrated with a mix of photographs and cartoons. There's three maps, a glossary, and references.
Suitable for Junior and Middle school (and even Kindy-aged) students. They'll love the cute cartoons and gorgeous photographs - and Mr RG is rather adorable. When author Barbara Hughes was teaching she also used it with Year 13 biology students when they were studying animals responses to the environment.
Illustrator Josie Galbraith recently graduated with an MSC in Biosecurity from the University of Auckland. She enjoys painting, drawing and illustrating.
Barbara is a passionate conservationist and volunteer guide on Tiritiri Matangi (as well as being the education officer).
Buy it here and see more about the book here
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Monday, February 18, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Jossie the jersey cow was tired of living in a paddock.
So she went looking for a new home ...
She investigated the barn - it was too hot and stuffy and gave her hay fever. The food was terrible - stale old straw. Rats and mice ran about the barn all night. She didn't sleep a wink. Jossie tries all types of homes but they're either too slippery, too small, too noisy and the food is awful. Will she find the right place - somewhere the food tastes good and she won't be woken up?
A simple repetitive pattern that young children will try to anticipate. A good book for young children learning to read. The font is big and cheerful. The illustrations are bright and colourful with Jossie's cheerful face on every double page spread.
Recommended age level: 4-6 year olds
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Sally Bangle's life sucks! Her dad went missing at sea seven years ago, her mother has left her job and is acting strange, and Vanessa - the school bully - won't stop hassling her at school. While studying for a school project Sally finds a photograph of her father with Major Blunt and Professor Angstrom. Sally is determined to ask these men what really happened to her father. Her questions get her into a whole load of trouble and unearths more than she bargained for...
A story about standing up for yourself, not to take everyone at face-value, and not giving up. A mystery story for 8-12 year olds who love a good detective book.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Toby lives and breathes sports, can bowl top spinners with his eyes shut and score tries all day long. But then a new kid joins their class. (Someone as big as an adult with hairy caveman legs). Someone called Malcolm McGarvy.
Reviewed by Adele Broadbent