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Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival

August 22, 2019 Comments off

ravis roarRavi’s Roar by Tom Percival. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Ravi is not happy being the youngest and smallest in his family even his dog biscuit is bigger than him.  He is always last in a race for anything, he is not allowed on the big slide and he can never find anyone during hide and seek.

When he is last to the ice cream cart and there is none left, Ravi sees red and turns into a tiger that scares everyone off. this loses him all his friends and he has to make a big decision. Read it and find out what it is.

Easy to read script and illustrations that enhance the plot and highlight personality differences. Tom Percival is good at this sort of thing and two others of his picture books are on this blog. Check them out.

Coo Coo Kereru by Terry Fitzgibbon

August 18, 2019 Comments off

coo cooCoo Coo Kereru by Terry Fitzgibbon. Pub. New Holland, 2019.

A big reason why I like living in New Zealand is the birds and not just the feathered variety.

The kereru or blue green wood pigeon is one I have seen less and less of. I used to see many at Totaranui in the Abel Tasman National park where we used to camp every year and the last time I saw one was in the Christchurch botanical gardens.

You don’t just spot one, the first evidence of one in your presence is the noise it makes when it flies. They are a plump bird and are often clumsy in flight probably due to fermenting berries in their stomach.

like many NZ birds the kereru is in danger. Loss of habitat, animals such as the possum and man himself have reduced the life expectancy of the kereru from 20-25 years to 5-6 years. This is a tragedy.

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of the life of a kereru which also features in the Maori legend of Maui. it helped him pull up the North Island.

This book has rhyming verse in the front and information in the back and it tells you what to do if you find an injured bird. The onus is on us all to save these beautiful gifts.

The information is compiled by Terry Fitzgibbon who works for the Department of Conservation.

Simple, easy to understand and excellent for study at primary and intermediate level.

Ringlet and the day the oceans stopped by Felicity Williams.

August 17, 2019 Comments off

RingletRinglet and the day the oceans stopped by Felicity Williams.Pub. AHOY, Imprint Cuba Press, 2019.

One of the most unusual fantasy novels for primary and intermediate students that I have ever read. It is set under the sea and brings a whole new range of terminology and characters with it.

The novel begins with a legend -“when the world began there was water everywhere”, but things have changed and the oceans are in danger. Land has risen, animals have evolved and the seas have formed different currents which go everywhere.

Into the story comes a mermaid named Ringlet and her merdog Iskee. The story stands or falls on how the reader gets on with Ringlet (most readers will). She is a jolly hockey sticks, innocent sort of lass that most fathers would like for a daughter. She is good natured, caring and above all brave.

When Ringlet breaks the baton of a high placed mermaid she is sent away to get another and rapidly finds she is on a quest that can save the oceans. I can tell you no more, read it and find out.

Written with some enthusiasm that at first is hard to get your head around but persistence is worth it. The world of Merfolk is here.

Space on Earth by Dr. Sheila Kanani.

August 9, 2019 Comments off

space on earthSpace on Earth by Dr. Sheila Kanani. Pub. Alma books Ltd, 2019.

A riveting non fiction book with large font and easy to read chapters concerning the spinoff technology from the Space programme that has enhanced life on earth.

I will tell you briefly about three things that we take for granted now and owe greatly to the Space programme.

Firstly taking selfies is a national pastime. The minute camera in a cell phone was developed from the need to have precise, quality photographs from outer space.

Secondly artificial limbs were developed from the need to have robotic arms that could do precision jobs while floating in space as on the international Space station. Did you know that they built an artificial leg for an elephant whose leg was blown off by a land mine?

Thirdly swim suit designs and fabric. Did you know that a suit made from a fabric used in space suits enabled swimmers to go so fast that they banned them?

Read all about the way other space technology has affected the way we live and survive on this planet. Imagine the world without satellite technology in communication and the GPS system.

fascinating reading for those readers not into fiction of intermediate and junior high age.school

 

Dear Pluto by Carmen Gloria.

July 1, 2019 Comments off

plutoDear Pluto by Carmen Gloria. Pub. Uncommon Grammar, 2019.

When the International Astronomical Union downgraded Pluto to a dwarf planet, I was a bit miffed and so was the personalised Pluto in this picture book for juniors.

I mean Pluto has five moons and resides in the Kuiper Belt of asteroids outside of Neptune. But then it is small, is still a part of the Solar system and like the character Pluto in this book, is quite content to be a dwarf planet like the five others in our system.

A lovely characterisation of Pluto that sits comfortably alongside Carmen Gloria’s earlier publication on Mercury. Juniors will love it and it is a simple introduction to a study of the solar system.

The Incurable Imagination by Paul Russell, illus. Aska

May 9, 2019 Comments off

incurableThe Incurable Imagination by Paul Russell, illus. Aska, Pub. Exisle Publishing 2019.

If you let your imagination get away on you where will it end? Audrey was born with imagination and as she grew older she spread it around in her home, at school and with her friends.

It became so overwhelming that it spread into the community and people started smiling at each other in the street. All because of one little girl. Perhaps imagination is not a bad disease to have.

Read this great picture book for juniors and find out where Audrey’s imagination takes her. A good read aloud with illustrations that will have you smiling.

The Box Cars by Robert Vescio, illus. by Cara King

May 9, 2019 Comments off

boxcarsThe Box Cars by Robert Vescio, illus. by Cara King. Pub. Exisle Publishing 2016.

Kai and Liam are imaginitive boys. They build box cars that they use to chase criminals, carry movie stars and pick up passengers. Then Eve comes along. Three into two doesn’t go and when they try to cope, catastrophe.

Nobody is happy but then they come up with a new idea and everybody is happy. I wonder what it is? Read it and find out.

A picture book about imagination and sharing. How would we get on without these two qualities?

Simple text that harmonises with the illustrations that show the emotions of joy, frustration and ultimately happiness..