Six for Sunday: 2019 Books I’m excited for

Six for Sunday: 2019 Books I’m excited for The Lost Tide Warriors by Catherine Doyle Fionn Boyle has been Storm Keeper of Arranmore for less than six months when thousands of terrifying Soulstalkers arrive on the island. The empty-eyed followers of the dreaded sorceress, Morrigan have come to raise their leader and Fionn is powerless…

Book Review: Dragon Dancer

Book Review: Dragon Dancer Dragon Dancer Written by Joyce Chng Illustrated by Jérémy Pailler 38 pages Published by Lantana Publishing Publication date: 1st January 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): It is the eve of Chinese New Year. Lanterns are hung in the shopping malls and Yao is preparing to wake the ancient sky dragon, Shen Long,…

Book Review: The Monkey King’s Daughter

The Monkey King’s Daughter Written by T. A. Bonis 148 pages Published by DVtvfilm.com Publication date: 1st June 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): The Monkey King’s Daughter isn’t about Sun Wukong, the Monkey King – it’s about his daughter, Meilin. Only, Meilin doesn’t know she’s the Monkey King’s daughter. In fact, she doesn’t know she’s half-monkey…

Waiting on Wednesday: Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane Written by Joan He ~400 pages Published by Albert Whitman Publication date: 2nd April 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): “Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.” Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into…

Book Rainbow: Yellow Books Part 1

Originally, I had actually thought that this would be the most difficult colour for me to gather, but I had a surprising number of yellow books tucked onto various shelves and piles around our flat. See the Red book pile here. See the Orange book pile here. Let’s continue with the book rainbow! I did…

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring festival is celebrated in many different countries around February every year. This year, it is celebrated on 5th February and we will be moving from the Year of the Dog to the Year of the Pig….

Book Review: The Great Race

Book Review: The Great Race The Great Race Written and illustrated by Christopher Corr 32 pages Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Quarto) Publication date: 4th January 2018 Age range: 3+ Summary (from Goodreads): Celebrate Chinese New Year and learn how every animal earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the…

Chinese idiom: 半途而废 To give up halfway

半途而废 bàntúérfèi To give up halfway This idiom is particularly relevant for me right now because doing a PGCE is tough and, as much as I love teaching, sometimes it is difficult to maintain motivation when I get bogged down in the paperwork. But, 我不要半途而废!I don’t want to give up (more than) halfway through or…