Sunday, 24 May 2015

Hey Bookworms!

Wasn't it chilly and wet over the weekend? Perfect, perfect, perfect weather for snuggling under a blanket with a good book!

Anyway, have a look at these new books, Peeps!  Some absolutely AMAZING books this week, which I know will be super popular...  (you'll just have to lie on your side, upside down to look at this photo!!!  This week's yoga position!)

Aaron Cruden's new book "The Beginners' Guide to Rugby" is AWESOME!!! Just ask Brooke Mitchell - he's had a look, and since then has been cleaning cars and doing other jobs to earn enough money to buy his own copy - well done Brooke!  Did anyone see him at the Chiefs game on Friday?  He sat right by my family, and posed for a photo with my girls - here he is with Kate.

There is also a new Minecraft book, and a scary looking book from Top Gear's Richard Hammond about weird and scary creatures from the sea.

Have a look at the true story of  Malala:  the Girl who Stood up for Education and Changed the World.  At the age of 17, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for education for girls in Pakistan - she nearly lost her life for it!

And then there is one of my favourite books from when I was a child - Little House on the Prairie - the story of Laura Ingalls and her family living in 19th century America.  It was also a TV programme that I'm sure your teacher will remember!

Come and have a look and reserve a book that tickles your fancy!

Happy reading my little bookworms!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Hello my little bookworms!

Have a look at this. Gargi in Room 14 has written a book review about The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. What a great, well thought out book review, Gargi!  Excellent work! I'm sure it will help other children decide if they would like to read this book. 

Gargi's Book Review

What I like about the story?

I like that Mary discovered fresh air in Misselthwaite and discovered a secret garden that taught her the secret about the life.

I like that she met Dickon and he helped her plant roses, herbs, shrubs and make it into a live, beautiful garden.

I also like that Mary calmed Colin down when he had an angry temper about dyeing.

I loved that she told Colin so much stuff about India and about Dickon.

I also love that Mary is not a contrary child any more.

I am happy because Mary changed her behaviour from being such a wicked girl into a loving and caring child.

I also love that the robin showed her the way to the secret garden.

What I learned from the story?

I learned that being such a nice and kind kid can change someone's life. If you want to make someone happy first you have to be happy in your life. I also learned that from an animal's trust, you can trust other people.  I liked that Mary was positive in her life and that changes Colin's life so much. At the end I like that everyone in the book is happy. The happy ending.

What I don't like about the story?

  • I don't like that Colin was losing his temper too badly and waking everyone up, Mary was such an disagreeing, contrary child, when Colin's mother died, Colin's father is too sad when his mother passed away, when the garden was looking dull initially, when Ben walked away from Mary when she wanted to tell him something, and when Colin was saying that I am going to die.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Hello my little bookworms!

Have a look at our new books this week.

My favourite is a picture book called I Really Want to Eat a Child.  It's about a little crocodile called Achilles who is growing big and strong from eating bananas. He's awfully proud of his beautiful teeth. There's just one little problem: Achilles really wants to eat a child.  I really love this book - it's just a wee bit naughty, and Achilles is a terrible sulk, but you just love him anyway!

If you like non-fiction there are some great books about going into space, dinosaurs, New Zealand birds, and the human ear, and how it works, and a special book in which kids who live on the streets, all around the world, tell stories about what their lives are like.  It really does show us just how lucky we are to live where we do.  

When I was a child, one of my favourite series of books was the Magic Faraway series by Enid Blyton.  Check out the BIG book of the whole series.  Fantastic!  Read all about four children who discover the Magic Faraway Tree, which takes them to meet new friends like Moonface and Silkie the fairy, and discover new lands, like The Land of Treats, and the Land of Opposites, and The Land of Do-As-You-Please!

The one I really want to read though, is called Imaginary and it is the story of Rudger, Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend.  Sounds enchanting!

Don't forget my little competition from last week.  Scroll down and have a look.  You could win a prize!

Happy reading, my friends!

Ciao for now!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Hi,  Howdy,   Kia ora,   Talofa,  Ciao,  Guten tag,  Bonjour  and Gidday my lovely Bookworms!

Thank you to all of those children who handed in their holiday reading logs last week!  What an amazing number of reading logs we got back - 302!!!  I'm so proud of you all for your fabulous reading over the school holidays.  Well done!
It was pretty exciting giving out the prizes on Friday.  Huge congratulations to Zoie Bacal from Room 15 who won the major prize.  She gets to choose between a Chromebook or an iPod as her prize.  She tells me that she already has a Chromebook, so I suspect she will be getting herself a brand new iPod Touch. Awesome, Zoie!
Congratulations also goes to the three classes that all got 100% of their reading logs back - that means that every single child in those classes, did some reading over the holidays, and then remembered to hand in their completed logs.  Terrific!  Well done to Rooms 1, 4 and 14!  Great effort!
Also a fabulous effort from our teachers who encourage you all, every day, to keep reading!

Have a look at the new books out today...  something for everyone!

Take care, kiddliwinks.  Keep reading!

PS  The first ten children to come and tell me their favourite author (or book, or series of books) will win a prize, as long as they mention that they read my blog...  Spot ya soon!