A delight to read, Wally will capture the hearts of children and adults alike. He's an adventurous young penguin who longs to be warm and sets off froA delight to read, Wally will capture the hearts of children and adults alike. He's an adventurous young penguin who longs to be warm and sets off from Antarctica to the Galapagos Islands.
Beautifully written, with a fun, catchy rhyme and the illustrations are gorgeous; colourful and eye-catching. Wally's sense of fun and adventure will appeal to children and the child in us 'big people.'
As Wally explores the Galapagos Islands, readers are introduced to some of the unusual creatures that make their home there. At the end of the story is a Fascinating Facts section about the animals which older children and adults reading to children will also appreciate.
I adored Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin, this was a fun book to read aloud and my granddaughter loved the bright colours. I'd love to join Wally for more adventures ... somewhere else warm of course....more
Great-Grandma's Gifts is such a precious read, it's one of those children's books that will hopefully be passed down through generations. I adored myGreat-Grandma's Gifts is such a precious read, it's one of those children's books that will hopefully be passed down through generations. I adored my Gran and loved spending time with her and my adult sons had a very special relationship with their Nana (my mum) and now with a sweet little granddaughter of my own, this story felt extra special.
The illustrations are simple, almost child-like and I like how the descriptive words look like what is being described. It not only celebrates the bond between a child and great grandma but shows them that grandma and great grandma were once little girls too.
It's a lovely story to share with children and one I think young readers will relate to. It invites a child in, I can imagine this encouraging a wonderful conversation between a child and parent; sharing memories, fun times, favourite things about grandma or great grandma.
With Mother's Day approaching I think this would be a beautiful gift for a mother, grandma, great grandma or that special someone in a child's life.
Am I too old to say I love Corduroy. He's the most caring, sweet little bear ... Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy were two of my boys' favourites whAm I too old to say I love Corduroy. He's the most caring, sweet little bear ... Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy were two of my boys' favourites when they were little. Corduroy Lost and Found is another delightful story about this intrepid little bear.
Corduroy loves his best friend Lisa and Lisa loves Corduroy. I adore Corduroy's innocence and sense of wonder and my boys always delighted in Corduroy's misadventures, mishaps, adventures. It's a sweet story about friendship, with much the same charm as the original books by Don Freeman and the whimsical illustrations will enchant both children and adults.
I had a bear best friend as a child, the teddy that I've had since I was born and boy has that bear had some adventures (much like Corduroy.) We lived in Papua New Guinea for a few years when I was little and Ted dropped from my stroller, was picked up by a dog and a month or two later was found in a fence. 46 years on, my Ted is still with me, a little moth-eaten and worse for wear but still much loved ... so Corduroy Lost and Found really resonated with me....more
I read this online at We Give Books (http://www.wegivebooks.org/) thanks to a link from a blogger. I'm always chasing children's books to add to my coI read this online at We Give Books (http://www.wegivebooks.org/) thanks to a link from a blogger. I'm always chasing children's books to add to my collection and this one has such a sweet message and cute illustrations. Not to mention the adorable bear on the cover, I can't resist. For littlies age 1-3 years. ...more
I love Franklin, my boys loved Franklin (back in the day) and this was actually one of the many Franklin books we owned. Hence the reason I c4.5 stars
I love Franklin, my boys loved Franklin (back in the day) and this was actually one of the many Franklin books we owned. Hence the reason I couldn't resist re-reading and reviewing this one. These books remain timeless, the moral message is just as relevant today as it was when my children were little.
Every year Mrs Owl's class donate toys to the school's toy drive for needy families. Franklin has struggled to choose a gift because all his toys are "too special to give away." Mrs Owl reminds her class that the gift given may be the only gift some children receive so Franklin goes home to think about giving with thought and from the heart.
Franklin and his friends are very relatable and the bright colourful illustrations are a winner for children. Most importantly this cute little book conveys a beautiful message about the value and selflessness in giving.
Mitch Fairchild does a great job of bringing humour to poetry, making FEET a delightfully entertaining read to share; whether that be between parent oMitch Fairchild does a great job of bringing humour to poetry, making FEET a delightfully entertaining read to share; whether that be between parent or grandparent and child, siblings or students reading aloud in class. Children usually find bodily functions highly amusing and Barney's Little Present had universal appeal.
Nonsensical poems, and bold, colourful, simplistic drawings are sure to appeal to the young and the young at heart. This is one poetry book that is definitely funnier read out loud.
My eight year old niece enjoyed Feet: her favourite poems were Amanda the Panda because pandas are her favourite animal, Barney's Little Present and Little Timmy because both these made her laugh. She continued to recite her favourites the next day and giggles ensued. She did wonder why the drawings weren't coloured in properly :))
The Year 5 students of Cooroy State School also gave Feet and Other Silly Poems a tick of approval. Overall students found the poems funny and they especially enjoyed the rhyming ones. Their favourites were once again Barney's Little Present, The Trampoline and Little Timmy.
Quotes from students about the poems:
"they can be quite funny and quite clever"
"sometimes they make you laugh for no reason"
"the drawings were creative and matched the poems"
However some students were expecting to see some emotion or expression on the faces of people in the illustrations.
"I couldn't tell if they were happy, angry or sad"
The year 5 teacher found this a worthwhile resource for her poetry unit and the students found reading out loud a lot of fun....more
A very cute, entertaining book with simple phrasing, colourful illustrations. Perfect for pre-readers, for parents or grandparents reading to littliesA very cute, entertaining book with simple phrasing, colourful illustrations. Perfect for pre-readers, for parents or grandparents reading to littlies and for early readers to read to younger siblings. My niece thought this was a wonderful way to teach her soft toys about African animals.
I thought the 3 clues prior to the reveal of the animal were terrific for heightening anticipation and a fun way to teach & engage children in further discussion. Combining I Spy, Hide & Seek type game play was a great strategy to captivate and maintain attention, and encourage participation.
In this technological age of e-readers, i-phones, netbooks & laptops this is a portable, fun & educational way to keep a young child entertained and definitely a lovely series to keep. Kirstan's next book in the series, I See ... Serengeti is now available. ...more
Narrated by 10 year old Louis Daniel, this fictional story is based on the true events of Hurricane Katrina. Simply told, poignant and beautifully illNarrated by 10 year old Louis Daniel, this fictional story is based on the true events of Hurricane Katrina. Simply told, poignant and beautifully illustrated, A Storm Called Katrina is the ideal way to explain the devastation to young readers without terrifying or overwhelming them with graphic detail.
Louis and his family flee their home in New Orleans as the water rises, making their way to the safety of the Superdome; where Louis's much loved horn features prominently in the story.
With increased media exposure to world events, tragedies and disasters, books like A Storm Called Katrina are a gentle way of exposing our youngsters to the frightening realities occurring around us. I know many children in Australia watching vision of the heartbreaking floods earlier this year had questions, fears and concerns. I'm sure a fictionalised account aimed specifically at their age and level of understanding would be of benefit or at least open the door to further discussion.
The book also includes a resource list for information on Hurricane Katrina; books, websites, dvds and more....more
An adorable story about two young foxes, Rusty & Ginger. The stunning cover photo gives this book instant appeal and a simple story accom4.5 stars
An adorable story about two young foxes, Rusty & Ginger. The stunning cover photo gives this book instant appeal and a simple story accompanied by beautiful wildlife photographs and a fact file on each animal the foxes encounter is sure to delight children.
Here's just a few of the facts I learnt while reading this book:
•foxes can run 45 mph •deer have special stomachs that allow them to eat poisonous mushrooms •wolves are born blind and deaf •cougars cannot roar
I'll be passing this gorgeous book on to my 7 year old niece who loves animals, I'm sure she'll find it entertaining and educational. Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox would make a beautiful gift for a child in your life. ...more
This beautiful story with its gorgeous cover highlights the very real and tragic occurrence of animal poaching and habitat loss for not only the orangThis beautiful story with its gorgeous cover highlights the very real and tragic occurrence of animal poaching and habitat loss for not only the orangutans of Sumatra but many species worldwide. The illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the story; bright, colourful and captivating for both young and old.
Gus becomes a furry ambassador, teaching our children the sad plight of the orangutan and inspiring them to do what's right; show kindness to others, preserve natural habitat and protect our precious animals. The story demonstrates you are never too young or too insignificant to make a difference.
After reading Miracle in Sumatra myself I asked my almost 7 year old niece to read the story with me, so I'm happy to be sharing some of Michaela's thoughts with you. Michaela liked the story, her favourite part was Gabriella the guardian angel of the forest and the beautiful pictures. She thought Gus was a very brave little orangutan and was intrigued when Maya turned into an orangutan to help Gus find his mum and dad, Xera and Cornelius. Michaela is an independent reader but found the amount of text on many of the pages too daunting to read herself, however when reading some of the smaller paragraphs she coped well with the language used. Michaela recognised Hunter as a bully and told me how kindhearted Gus was to help Hunter after all the trapper had done to hurt his family, but the concept of preserving natural habitat for our animals was something I needed to explain further.
This book is recommended for ages 4 - 8 but I think children aged 6 to 10 years will enjoy reading or being read this delightful story. Miracle in Sumatra would make an excellent teacher resource for primary school children, aiding in discussion for environmental units on conservation, deforestation and protection of animals. ...more