The Swap by Jan Ormerod

Today we read our last shortlisted book.  We get to find out who the winner is next week.  It is very exciting!


When a baby is born, little brothers and sisters are not always enthusiastic about the new arrival.  Such is the case with Caroline Crocodile. Her baby brother is smelly, dribbles, is no fun and takes up all the room on his mum’s lap.  So, one day, while waiting for her mum to come back from the hat shop, Caroline decides to swap her baby brother at the baby shop nearby.  The shop assistant obliges, offering Caroline a cuddly panda baby instead.  Caroline is delighted.  She takes the panda to brunch but he ends up eating the bamboo table and chairs.  Caroline takes the panda back to the shop and trades him for a baby elephant.  However, the elephant proves to be ‘too squirty’ for Caroline so she makes another trip back to the baby shop.  Things continue to go awry for Caroline when she finally realises something special about her real baby brother.

The grade ones were totally immersed in this story and could relate to the emotions that poor old Caroline was experiencing.  They understood why Caroline took action in the way she did but were very relieved when she decided to keep her baby brother.

This is  a warm, funny book with divine, retro like illustrations.  I think it will poll very well in the votes next week.

After sharing the story we played a memory game using cards with animals from the story.  It was so much fun……

The Fearsome, Frightening, Ferocious Box by Frances Watts and David Legge

This week’s shortlisted book is by the same author and illustrator who brought us the fabulous ‘Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books”…………

fearsome box

At first your eyes will not believe,

Such terrors they can scarce conceive,

But come, look closely; you will see

Horrific creatures just like me.

Open the box, if you dare,

But danger lies within; Beware!

This is a clever, fun, original and visually beautiful book. The grade ones loved the suspense, looking for all of the hidden animals and the very unexpected and funny ending. It is sure to become one of our all time favourites.

After sharing the story we drew pictures of an animal we would like to see hiding in the box….









Andrea’s Favourite – The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR By Don and Audrey Wood


Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear…. How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry. This is a gorgeous picture book in which the Little Mouse in the story will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader!

The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world and Andrea’s boys are among them.   Andrea has fond memories of reading it to her three boys when they were young.  Thanks for sharing it with us Andrea. We were so happy to see that the little mouse got the strawberry in the end!

Pic Collage

pic collage app

Today we introduced the Grade Ones to the Pic Collage app. This is an easy to use app which allows you to create amazing collages using  photos, fun stickers and text.  We thought we’d ease our way into it today by using the camera tool to take a ‘selfie’ and add some text. In the following weeks we will experiment with backgrounds, stickers, fonts and layouts.  Watch this space…….

Yertle the Turtle

Yertle the turtle

After today’s story it is becoming clear to us that not only are we falling more in love with Dr Seuss but that he also has some very valuable lessons to teach us.  Today we learnt how important it is to stand up for ourselves and that if someone is doing or saying something that we don’t agree with we simply need to say “Stop it, I don’t like it!”

Because of the concept of ‘stacks’ in the story we thought it would be quite fitting to play Jenga.  We tried very hard not to let our own stacks fall but in the end they all came crashing down, much like Yertle’s turtle stack did in the story.

The Cat in the Hat

the-cat-in-the-hat-wpdj41Dr Seuss ignites a child’s imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses and he doesn’t disappoint with The Cat in the Hat.  This is the story of the cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure.  There’s another hidden adventure too – this book really does help children to read.

Although most of our grade ones had already heard this classic tale, all of them enjoyed listening to it again.  The words at the end of the book “Should we tell her about it? Now, what SHOULD we do?  Well….. What would you do if your mother asked you?” promoted some interesting discussion about telling the truth. We all agreed in the end that honesty is the best policy!


Cat Cam

cat cam app

After reading the book we used this fun app to create a Cat in the Hat themed card.  First we chose a card, then we used the camera tool to take a picture of ourselves which we could resize and drag around the screen until it fit nicely into the card.  Once we were happy with our picture we could add a frame and stick on some fun Seuss-y stickers or text.  We had lots of fun creating our cards and we think they turned out pretty great.  What do you think…..

Drawing Pad

drawing-pad-appToday we used Drawingpad to create some Dr Suess inspired pictures.  We think the Great Man would be mighty impressed with our interpretation of his most famous characters…..

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

oh the places youll go

 Today in Information Literacy we had the privilege of sharing ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go!’ with the grade ones.  This is definately my favourite Dr Seuss book of all time.  It has such a strong message that applies to both children and adults alike.  Basically it is about taking charge of your own life and facing difficulties such as loneliness, fear and confusion head on.

“You’re off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting,

So……….get on your way!”

There are so many things that I love about this book that it would take me all day to list them.  You’re just going to have to read it for yourself!

After discussing the book the children had to think of one place they would really like to go or one goad they really wanted to achieve.  We talked about having goals and dreams and how if you write them down and record them it makes them feel more real.