Friday, 19 May 2017

Chip: Book Review

Title: Chip
Author: Kylie Howarth
ISBN: 9781760400736

Classification: Fiction
Themes: seagulls

Monday, 1 May 2017

Early Childhood: Short List 2017

Here is the round-up of books that appear on the Book Week 2017 Short List for the Book of the Year Early Childhood category.

Please note: quite a few of these books are new to me so I have taken the summaries from other sources until I can get hold of the books.

Picture Book of the Year: Short List 2017

Here is the round-up of books that appear on the Book Week 2017 Short List for the Picture Book of the Year category.

Please note: quite a few of these books are new to me so I have taken the summaries from other sources until I can get hold of the books.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Younger Readers: Short List 2017

Here is the round-up of books that appear on the Book Week 2017 Short List for Book of the Year: Younger Readers category.

An odd sort of collection for this category with a range of topics explored - Wendy Orr is the only author I am familiar with so I am looking forward to reading works from the other authors.

Please note: quite a few of these books are new to me so I have taken the summaries from other sources until I can get hold of the books.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Older Readers: Short List 2017

Here is the round-up of books that appear on the Book Week 2017 Short List for Book of the Year: Older Readers category.

This year is quite diverse in style and topics compared to some previous short lists and this is a refreshing change.

Please note: quite a few of these books are new to me so I have taken the summaries from other sources until I can get hold of the books.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Information Books: Short List 2017

Here is the round-up of books that appear on the Book Week 2017 Short List for The Eve Powell Award for Information Books.

One thing that I immediately noticed was a shift away from books focused on war. Over the past few years I had noticed a trend where a lot of the books were about war - and sure, we need to educate the present about the past to ensure the same doesn't happen in the future but it was refreshing to see a wider range of topics represented.

Please note: quite a few of these books are new to me so I have taken the summaries from other sources until I can get hold of the books.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

It's Started Again: Book Week 2017

Super quick post! Things are still all over the place for me but I do have some more photos to write about for the chook shed - so keep an eye out!

Also, can you believe it is March already? And yes, with March comes the announcements of the Notables List for Book Week 2017 - Escape to Everywhere. More posts about that topic coming this week!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Is It a Plant or a Weed?


A heatwave hit this week which really put a stop to our gardening plans. It was just too hot - even to have the children under the shade...but we are hoping that as the temperatures are now cooling off a bit that tomorrow we will be continuing with the chook shed transformation!

This post though is going to be about another focus I have with my children: plants vs weeds. They both know what trees and bushes are....but working out plants vs weeds got a little tricky. Why? Read on!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Chook Shed: The Learning Begins!

 As summer came to an end the other day and autumn began you might be wondering what we've been up to. We have been making full use of the lovely days (even though some have been a little too warm) to get stuck into the garden before winter arrives again.

This year the kids and I have a couple of goals:
* start a vegetable/fruit garden
* get a chook shed together (complete with chooks)

We probably should have concentrated with one thing at a time but at 2.5 years of age they needed the differentiation. Today's post looks specifically at the chook shed.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Alligators Just Don't Belong In Math Class

Tonight I came across a picture...yes, a simple picture...and it annoyed me...oh dear! What was the picture you ask?

It was a photograph of a "fantastic teaching resource" featuring two alligators posing as greater than and less than (okay there were three, another was shown as equal to)...grrrrr! I've chosen not to include any images of those resources as I don't think any of the authors will like what I'm about to write...but here goes!



Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Soldier's Song: Song Review

Song: Soldier's Song
Artist: The Hollies
Songwriter: Mike Batt
Year: 1980
Nationality: British

Classification: 
Ballad
Theme:
war, coming of age

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Fifty Clever Bastards: Book Review

Title: Fifty Clever Bastards
Author: Martin Fone
ISBN: 9781537047287

Classification: Non-Fiction
Themes: inventors, science
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