Posts Tagged ‘Pets’

Mango the Arrowtown School cat by Wendy Clarke, illus. by the children of Arrowtown school

May 2, 2018 Comments off

mangoMango the Arrowtown School cat by Wendy Clarke, illus. by the children of Arrowtown school. Pub. Wendy Clarke of Arrowtown school.

The children of Arrowtown school and their teachers are very proud of Mango the big ginger cat who visits them every day. He can be found in the library, in the sick bay, in the play ground and anywhere he is comfortable.

Tom is having his first day at Arrowtown school and he is a bit scared. With help of Ginnie, “a girl with lots of plaits and a big wide smile”, and Mango, Tom soon relaxes and enjoys school.

While Wendy Clarke wrote this story it is the children who illustrate the book and it is beautifully done. Mango is drawn and coloured in, fourteen times and we have portraits of Tom and Ginnie and the conniving Mrs Blunt who seems to want Mango all to herself.

A splendid way to get children into reading and to learn the power and necessity for books. The illustrations are a treat and a great way to learn to respect animals and how pets can give nourishment to the school environment.

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My Dog Mouse by Eva Lindstrom.

April 20, 2017 Comments off

my dog mouseMy Dog Mouse by Eva Lindstrom. Pub. Gecko Press, 2017.

If you have ever been able to count the number of teeth in a dogs mouth while it yawns then you are probably dealing with an old dog. Mouse is an old dog with thin droopy ears who is a little over weight and moves real slow.

The little girl with the androgynous hairstyle loves the old dog and always asks the owner if she can take him for a walk.

Wearing her flared green dress with black tights and her back pack she takes Mouse for a walk around the block, through the park, right turn and home again.

They both love it and are clearly comfortable together. This is the way it should be.

I wish Mouse was mine” the little girl says after dropping him off. The last page will put a lump in your throat. Don’t miss this one. Great for studying ┬ápets and reading aloud to juniors.

The illustrations are laid back. Easy autumnal water colours accompanied with pencil etchings. The illustrations also make social commentary – the supermarket trolley left behind, the cigarette butts on the ground outside for smokers.

Superb publication.

The Lost Kitten by Lee. illus. Koma Sakai

January 30, 2017 Comments off

lost-kittenThe Lost Kitten by Lee. illus. Koma Sakai. Pub. Gecko Press, 2017.

Very impressive picture book that begins with this line “When Hina and her mother opened the door, there was a skinny, scruffy kitten”. Makes you want to read it doesn’t it, well it did me.

A good first line sets up a book but the illustration on the opposite page nails it. Mother and daughter stare out at a sickly looking cat while mother cat and sibling look on. Watercolour picture in grays, browns, whites and shades of blue portray a moving yet sad scene.

Mother cat knows her kitten is unwell and needs human care to recover. The mother cat’s head bobs as if saying “please look after my baby” .

I am not going to tell you any more , read it for yourself it is brilliant. There is drama that the kitten may be lost and tears of joy as it recovers. Illustrations throughout are outstanding.

Juniors will love it read to them and new and confident readers will love to read it.