UEL Primary PGCE 2012-13 discussion

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message 1: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Please post links to your reviews here.


message 3: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Griffiths | 6 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

A review of A Monster Calls


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Chloe | 1 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

A review of 'Katie Morag and The Two Grannies' by Mairi Hedderwick


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Huma Khan | 5 comments My three book reviews of:

My sister is a witch by Joan Stimson http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, Helen Oxenbury
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Sarah | 10 comments My review of A Monster Calls. Amazing book and the pictures are hauntingly brilliant.

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Huma Khan | 5 comments This is a review on one book that has been my favourite read for many years now:
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
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Hannah (hannah_uel) | 11 comments The Kites Are Flying (Michael Morpurgo) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Sad Book (Michael Rosen) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Little Beauty (Anthony Browne) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 9: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Huma wrote: "This is a review on one book that has been my favourite read for many years now:
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


That's an interesting idea, Huma. I'd be wary of recommending adult books to children, but John Grisham has written some books for older children about Theodore Boone, a 13 year old boy who wants to be a lawyer.


message 10: by Meghan (last edited Sep 27, 2012 11:07AM) (new)

Meghan Griffiths | 6 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

My review of David Walliams's Billionaire Boy.


message 11: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Great review, Meghan! You'll be pleased to see that David Walliams has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes-an...


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Huma Khan | 5 comments Alison wrote: "Huma wrote: "This is a review on one book that has been my favourite read for many years now:
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."

That's an interesti..."


Thank you for your comment Alison. I read the book when I was quite young, early high school days and you are right, I would not recommend it to really young children. But for a keen reader at that age, I would love to introduce John Grisham as an author. The ideas in the review are also just to get me into the practice of thinking of all the different ways I can use a book to educate children.


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Sarina | 19 comments Lift-the-Flap Fairy Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk (with CD) Lift-the-Flap Fairy Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk by Stephen Tucker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Jack and the beanstalk is an amazing fairy tale that sparks the imagination of children. I read this story to a small group of year two children and the responses I got from them were of amazement. This particular version is more appealing in my opinion as it has lift up flaps that make the whole process of story telling more interactivr; therefore engaging the children more.

If used in the classroom further ideas could be to develop creative writing and making up adventure stories using a wide variety of vocabulary.

I think that this story is suitble for children in the early years and also for children in lower key stage one.



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Sarina | 19 comments Chicken Little Chicken Little by Sally Hobson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


chicken little is an amazing story that depicts the importance of not all stories having happy endings. This story picks up on the importance of being safe and not trusting too easily.I think that lower key stage one and key stage two children will relate particularly good to this story as it uses wide vocabulary aswell as holding an important message.



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Sarina | 19 comments Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come The Dinosaurs! Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come The Dinosaurs! by Kaye Umansky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I think this book is amazing for early year children. It uses a wide range of vocabulary with expanding adjectives aswell as illustrating a wide range of settings. The repitition of 'stomp chomp big roars here come the dinosaurs' is especially appealing to younger children as they can actively get involved with the process of telling the story. So this would definately be a book I would read to a class in reception as it is very interactive and engaging!



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message 16: by Laura Lee (new)

Laura Lee Denby | 12 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Here is my review of Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt.


message 17: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Fantastic reviews, everyone! Thank you.


message 18: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley | 6 comments A Sailing Boat in the Sky A Sailing Boat in the Sky by Quentin Blake

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I read this book to my three year old daughter, who was some what confused by the story line of the book. I found this book was very interested and was particularly fond of the way the author introduces different themes into the one story. I would say this book is suitably for children aged 7 and up. I would use this book in a classroom maybe as a guided reading activity with key stage two whereby I was able to set questions for the students to practice retrieving information from books.



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Kimberley | 6 comments Peepo!. Janet & Allan Ahlberg Peepo!. Janet & Allan Ahlberg by Janet Ahlberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I think this book is absolutely amazing for the end of the day when your key stage 1 /foundation stage class are falling asleep and you need something to wake them up. This descriptive book enables children to interact with the book and to look deeply into the narration a to follow on as we'll as predict the story. As well as being a great story book it is also has good forms of rhyming this will help introduce poetry and rhyming to younger children. I would have this book on my classroom bookshelf so that children could freely use the book to re tell the story and also to look into the pictures at greater depths.



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Kimberley | 6 comments Me And My Mum Me And My Mum by Alison Ritchie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is lovely to read. Great story telling book for the foundation stage nursery and reception classes. This is a good book to use with children to test their comprehension page by page and to extract their ideas of what things are going on in the pictures. The language used is very simple and easy to follow.



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Kimberley | 6 comments Tip Tip Dig Dig Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I think this is an absolutely great book for any early years setting. The repetition along with the simple cvc words makes this a great resource for children to practice their reading as well as following the story with a peer or adult and re telling the story using the words they know and previous knowledge of the book. I would use this book as a guided reading task for children to reception aged 5-6



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message 22: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
These reviews are looking great. You can of course review Beware Of Boys too! I would suggest specifying whether there is a specific area of language comprehension you would focus on for guided reading using a text (e.g. sequencing, character descriptions, recognising dialogue etc).


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Suphia Ansari | 11 comments The Trouble With Dragons

Hello, here is a link to my review on the above book. Enjoy!
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 26: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks Mary and Ayesha! Some great reviews there. I love the sound of Fergus, the Farmyard Dog


message 27: by Laura Lee (new)

Laura Lee Denby | 12 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Here is my review of Celebrity Cat, a wonderful book featuring many famous paintings from a curious cats' perspective!


message 28: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Laura Lee wrote: "http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Here is my review of Celebrity Cat, a wonderful book featuring many famous paintings from a curious cats' perspective!"

That sounds like a wonderful book! Thank you Laura, I'll look out for it.


message 29: by Laura Lee (new)

Laura Lee Denby | 12 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... A review of 'The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle'.
A beautifully illustrated, very funny, rhyming book. This book won the Waterstones Childrens Book Prize 2012.


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Laura Lee Denby | 12 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... A review of the truly inspiring 101 Poems for Children by Carol Ann Duffy.


message 31: by Laura Lee (new)

Laura Lee Denby | 12 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... A review of a lovely story of friendship. Charlie and Lola: My best best friend.


message 32: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks Laura! Three great reviews. Please make sure that you're writing reviews rather than messages, though: Charlie and Lola won't show up in your final reviews.


message 34: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks Sehrish. This is a very touching story, and I agree, for older children.


message 35: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 10 comments Here is a review of Farmer Duck..

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


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Sehrish | 12 comments Bills New Frock by Anne Fine


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Sehrish | 12 comments Not Now Bernard by David McKee

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Sehrish | 12 comments Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

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message 40: by Shehla (last edited Oct 30, 2012 04:57PM) (new)

Shehla Khan | 5 comments My reveiw of Hetty Feather.
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message 41: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Shehla wrote: "My reveiw of Hetty Feather.
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http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Here's the link to your review, Shehla.


message 42: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Great reviews, P2! I look forward to hearing about the books you have read with children on SBT1.


message 43: by Sehrish (new)

Sehrish | 12 comments I Want My Potty by Tony Ross

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message 44: by Mary (new)

Mary | 7 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Hi Alison, This is my book review on Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.


message 45: by Mary (new)

Mary | 7 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Another review of The Gruffalo's Child.


message 46: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks, Mary and Sehrish! Three lovely picture books.


message 47: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Griffiths | 6 comments http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

This is my review of Limas Red Hot Chilli.


message 48: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks Meghan! It is a lovely book, great for stimulating discussions about food from different cultures.


message 49: by Sehrish (new)

Sehrish | 12 comments When Willy Went to the Wedding By Judith Kerr

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Rahime | 8 comments Alison wrote: "Please post links to your reviews here."
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