Spaceboy Spud by Sam Lloyd


Today we read Jody’s favourite book ………

Spaceboy Spud by Sam Lloyd.

It’s bedtime, but Spud can’t sleep.  His alien friends are in a real mess and they need his help to get ready for bed.  So Spud jumps onto his rocket and zooms into space….. What a hero!

Jody loves this book because it takes her back to a time when her children were little and would look forward to their bedtime stories.  This one in particular appealed to her son Daniel because it is funny and makes the boring old bedtime routine much more interesting and entertaining.

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Five Minutes Peace

Poor Mrs Large lives in a house with three excitable little elephants, who will not leave her alone – not even for five minutes! So after reading this book we created our own elephants. Here are a few from 1M…

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Five Minutes Peace

Today we read another one of Mrs Robertson’s favourite books (she has so many it was hard for her to choose just one!)……..

Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy 

All Mrs Large wants is five minutes’ peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again.

Mrs Robertson loves this book so much because it reminds her of her own family.  It is such a fun portrayal of a scenario that every mum faces now and again – the need for just five minutes all to herself! Of course the children in the book (and Mrs Robertson’s own children) can’t quite understand this and keep wanting to join in on her fun.  The scene with all of the kids climbing into the bathtub with her is priceless!

We discussed Mother’s Day with the grade ones in hope that they might give their Mum’s five minutes peace or at least ask their Mum’s if they would like five minutes peace. Our fingers are crossed for all those grade one Mums 🙂


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Our Mutt Dogs…

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Mutt Dog by Stephen Michael King

Today we read one of Mrs Brough’s favourite books….

‘Mutt Dog’ by Stephen Michael King

Mutt Dog is brave and fast and gentle and loyal and smart, but he’s also hungry and he doesn’t have a home.  Then one day his luck changes and he at last finds a family – a cozy, loving place to belong.

Based on the true story of the author’s own beloved dog, Muttley, this is a warm tale of love and belonging.

Mrs Brough loves this book so much because “it’s a feel good book with a happy ending.” It does tug on the heartstrings and you really feel the loneliness and sadness of the little dog, however the wonderfully happy ending more than makes up for this.

The grade one children enjoyed this story just as much as Mrs Brough. It brought up a lot of valuable discussion about homelessness, shelters and the importance of helping both people and animals. Thank you so much for sharing it with us Mrs Brough!

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Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Today we read one of Ms Cappadona’s favourite books…

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae.

Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long.

At the Jungle Dance, the warhogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha and the lions tango.

“Giraffes can’t dance,” they all jeer when it’s Gerald’s turn to prance.

But with some sound advice from a wise cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.

Ms Cappadona loves this book because of the beautiful storyline and the wonderful illustrations created by Guy Parker-Rees.

The book shares the message of believing in yourself, not being afraid to try and being the best that you can be.



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Giraffes Can’t Dance

Here’s some of the Giraffes we created after reading the book

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Mrs Brough’s Favourite Book – Dear Greenpeace by Simon James

Worried that the whale living in her pond is unhappy, Emily writes to Greenpeace, who, though offering the best of advice, insist that it is impossible for a whale to live in a pond.  Undeterred, Emily continues to seek the best course of action for her beloved whale, finally setting him free.

This book appeals to Mrs Brough because it is about a topic close to her heart – the ocean.  Mrs Brough used to read this book to her girls when they were younger.  They loved opening up the little envelopes to read Emily’s questions on how to care for her whale, Arthur.  Mrs Brough says the book has a lovely ending.  If you want to find out what happens you’ll just have to read it for yourselves!

After reading Dear Greenpeace we imagined what other unusual animal might be living in our back yard.  We then wrote postcards to Greenpeace asking for advice about how to care for that animal.











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Ms Jones Favourite Book – Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey

With it’s touching story and engaging characters, it is easy to see why this book is a favourite of Ms Jones’.

Ms Jones says “I’ve always enjoyed reading it to the Preppies because it gets us talking about celebrating our differences and allowing ourselves to be exactly who we are, knowing that our true friends will always bethere for us.  I love the way it shows how sweet and caring and forgiving true friendship can be.  The pictures are great too!”


After sharing the story we thought of some adjectives to describe the two very different characters.

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