With Nan…our water colour illustrations

The illustrations in With Nan are beautiful and simple.  We used water colours to recreate one of our favourite illustrations in the story.  Take a look at our finished product…


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With Nan by Tania Cox

This week we are up to number four of our shortlisted books …. With Nan by Tania Cox

When Simon goes on a walk with his Nan, she shows him (as only grandparents know how) that things aren’t always as they seem.

A leaf that flutters away? A stick that eats? A sliver of ground that scampers? Exploring the great outdoors is certainly an eye-opening adventure when you look for things that are ordinarily hidden in the great expanse that is nature.

This is a beautiful story of love, fun and the importance of intergenerational relationships.

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It’s a Miroocool by Christine Harris

After reading ‘It’s a Miroocool’ we drew a picture of our bedroom showing the Tooth Fairy what our room looks like and where we would put our tooth ready for her or him…

We even made our own envelope by folding and sticking paper together.

Here our some of our very cute drawings and envelopes…

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It’s a Miroocool by Christine Harris

This week it’s book number three.. It’s a Miroocool by Christine Harris

Audrey lives way out in the outback, past the roads and off the map, so when she loses her tooth, Audrey worries that the tooth fairy won’t be able to find her!

Audrey does everything she can to lead the tooth fairy to her tooth. She draws a map, leaves an arrow and even marks the way with footprints in the sand. But night comes and one by one, a terrible storm destroys all of Audrey’s efforts.

She lies awake that night worried that the tooth fairy will not find her special tooth to add to its collection. But morning comes and despite the storm, there is a very special surprise waiting for Audrey in place of her tooth.

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Too Many Elephants in this HOUSE…

After enjoying the story we got creative with our own version of too many elephants in the house…..


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Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2013

Welcome back everyone!  Term 3 is going to be a fun and exciting 10 weeks!  We will be sharing some of the books that have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book of the Year Award for 2013. At the end of the term we will vote for our favourite book and see how our choices compare with the ‘official’ judges votes.  There are some terrific books up for the award and we can’t wait to share them with you.

First up we have The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen……

Sometimes you don’t always get what you want. Instead of the rocket backpack, you might end up with a terrible suitcase for the very first day of school.  And this makes you mad! But sometimes what you think is terrible, might not be so terrible after all, expecially when there are rocket ships and new friends involved.

The Terrible Suitcase is a lovely story about acceptance, making friends and new experiences.

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Look, A Book! by Libby Gleeson

We read our last contender for the 2012 Book of the Year today – Look, A Book! by Libby Gleeson.  It is about two underprivileged children who find a book lying in the dust outside their ricketty old house. They gather the book up carefully and climb atop an old outdoor loo to read it.  Take care. Be careful with it. Must not get dust on it.  These two little poppets understand the need to hold it close, share it, treasure it.  Look, A Book! is short on text but high on imagination and reminds us all of the pleasure reading can bring.

The grade one students created a sailing scene inspired by the book.  We will be making front covers for them next week.


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The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do

This week’s contender for Children’s Book of the  Year is The Little Refugee by Anh and Suzanne Do.  It is based on Anh’s award winning book ‘The Happiest Refugee’ and was written in response to a huge number of requests for a simpler version of the story to target a younger audience.

“Giant waves crashed down on our little boat.  I was terrified but my mum hugged me and told me, ‘Everything will be okay. Don’t worry, it will be okay.'”

Anh’s true story is an excellent one to share with younger readers.  He nearly didn’t make it to Australia.  His entire family came close to losing thier lives as they escaped from war torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat.  Anh’s life in Australia also started off badly as he was a small boy who didn’t speak English, couldn’t afford a proper school uniform and ate strange lunches.  However he never stopped smiling and went on to achieve his dreams.

Our grade ones were really interested in this book, from it’s descriptions of Vietnam (snakes in a bottle and five people on a motorcycle) to the terrifying ordeal on the boat and it’s message of resilience in the face of extreme adversity.  I think it is a book that will have a lasting impact on the students and I am sure it will do very well come voting week.

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No Bears by Meg McKinlay

Ruby is in charge of this book.  And she’ll tell you something right now.  There are NO BEARS in it.  Not even one.  Ruby wants to tell you a story, a story with absolutely no bears.  You need pretty things like fairies and princesses and castles.  And maybe funny things and exciting things but definately no bears!

The grade ones really enjoyed this book (almost as much as Ms McLeod).  We loved spotting all the different  fairytale characters in the illustrations.  Ms McLeod also pointed out that there was a whole other story being told about the Bear and the Fairy Godmother in the pictures. It really is a multi-layered book.  It gets our vote!

Carrying on with the theme of Fairytales we had the choice of creating our own Princesss or Kings.


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