Book Review: Ban This Book

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz 256 pages Published by Starscape & Tor/Forge (Imprint of Macmillan USA) Age range: MG (9 +) Summary: (from Goodreads) –Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero…. Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one’s for you.- –Kathi Appelt, author of…

Multilingual flashcard: The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid in 10 languages. It seemed appropriate to post this one after the multilingual flashcard for seal because many believe seals to be the root of legends about mermaids. The Disney movie changed the original story quite a bit – which is your favourite version?

Multilingual flashcard: Seal

Seal in 10 languages with another marine-themed multilingual flashcard. In researching for this flashcard I learned that seals should really be called pinniped (from the Latin pinna for fin and pedis for foot). Had you heard that before? I also learned that their closest relatives are bears and red pandas! Turns out there’s a lot…

Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows (sampler)

A Skinful of Shadows Written by Francis Hardinge 416 pages Published by Macmillian Age range: YA, 12 + Summary: (from Goodreads) Frances Hardinge weaves another darkly extraordinary tale in A Skinful of Shadows, her follow up to the Costa Award-winning novel The Lie Tree ‘Hardinge is an unusual talent who deserves to be read by…

Multilingual flashcard: Penguin

Who doesn’t love penguins? Now you can talk about them in 10 languages, which is always good for a start! I had always associated penguins with Antarctica and didn’t realise until recently that most penguins actually live in temperate zones! There are almost 20 different species ranging in size from the Emperor penguin (over a…

Book Review: I will love you forever

I will love you forever Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Miyanashi 40 pages Published by Museyon Age range: In Japan from age 3, for this particular book maybe 5+ Summary: (from Goodreads) A female Maiasaura finds a lost egg in the forest and decides to look after it with her own egg. Surprisingly, a baby…

Multilingual flashcard: Puffin

Have you ever spotted one of these colourful birds? Puffin in 10 languages with another multilingual flashcard. I love that they are auks of the Fratercula genus – with the name Fratercula, meaning ‘little brother’ coming from the fact that their plumage looks a little like monastic robes. Puffins nest in a number of sea…

Multilingual flashcard: Fossil

Fossil in 10 languages with another multilingual flashcard. How is your language learning journey going? Fossil comes from the Latin ‘fossilis’ meaning ‘obtained by digging’ and are the preserved remains or traces of animals or plants. I still remember learning that most fossils are actually made by minerals hardening in a cavity left by an…

Book Review: In 27 Days

In 27 Days By Alison Gervais Published by Blink 352 pages Age range: YA, approximately 11 up. Notes for parents/ educators: Discusses suicide and depression.   Summary: (from Goodreads) Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that…

Multilingual flashcard: Beach

Beach in 10 languages with another multilingual flashcard. Are you spending any time at the beach this summer? Pretty much my favourite place…it might be a toss-up between a beach and a library at times, but I think the beach has the edge. I grew up with the sea a constant presence in my life,…

Multilingual flashcard: Clownfish

Another sea-themed multilingual flashcard – clownfish in 10 languages. These fish became popular when Finding Nemo hit our screens in 2003, introducing us to Nemo, his overprotective father Marlin and Dory who has since had her own movie (I have yet to watch it – any good?) Clownfish have many different colours and are found…

Multilingual flashcard: Shark

Multilingual flashcard – Shark in 10 languages. Often maligned, kings of the deep, sharks are fascinating creatures. Fossils of sharks date back to around 420 million years ago and they have since then diversified into more than 50 species, ranging in size from the small dwarf lanternshark , which is only 17 centimetres (6.7 in) in…