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…

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…

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…

Book Review: Violet

Violet Written by Tania Duprey Stehlik Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Published by Second Story Press 32 pages Age range: KS1+ / 5+ Summary (from Goodreads): Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one…

Multilingual flashcard: Little Red Riding Hood

Continuing with a fairytale theme with Little Red Riding Hood in 10 languages. This story is one I have used to learn and teach languages as it is readily available in multiple languages. Have a look at some more fairytale, fantasy and Harry Potter themed flashcards here.

Multilingual flashcard: Magic Potion

Multilingual flashcard 123 – Magic potion in 10 languages. This is one of our favourite activities to do when learning fractions – I give the children some potions and they have to work out the fractions of ingredients. They then get the chance to create their own magic potion, using fractions to represent how much…

Multilingual flashcard: The Big Bad Wolf

Multilingual flashcard – The Big, Bad Wolf in 10 languages. In fairy tales all over the world, across the ages, the Big, Bad Wolf turns up again and again. I love alternate fairytales which turn the story on it’s head and repaint the wolf as a victim e.g. The True story of the Three Little…

Book review: On the Spectrum

On the Spectrum Written by Jennifer Gold Published by Second Story Press Age range: 13 + Summary (from Goodreads): Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to…

Book review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond Written by Bao Phi Illustrated by Thi Bui 34 pages Published by Picture Window Books Age range: All ages Summary: (from Goodreads) Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about…