Book Review: Feather

Feather Written by Cao Wenxuan Illustrated by Roger Mello Translated by Chloe Garcia-Roberts 40 pages Published by Archipelago Books Age range: 5 + Publication date: 10th October 2017 Summary (from Goodreads): A philosophical picture book from one of China’s most celebrated children’s authors and 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Cao Wenxuan. A feather is blown…

Multilingual flashcard: Tiger

Tiger in 10 languages – the largest cat species, beautiful and majestic. Tigers tend to be solitary with a large territory – their natural habitat overlaps with some of the most-populated areas of the globe which has led to many conflicts with humans in the past. Recent estimates put the number of tigers (including all…

Multilingual flashcard: Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark in 10 languages – my favourite shark! The hammer shape of the shark’s head is called a cephalofoil – nobody is quite sure why the shark has evolved this shape of head, but it could offer some advantages in perception or manoeuvering. Hammerhead sharks are found worldwide and often move as part of…

Book Review: Be Brave Little One

Be Brave Little One 34 pages Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Publication date: 3rd October 2017 Age range: 2+ Summary: (from Goodreads) From the author of If I Could Keep You Little comes Be Brave Little One, which honors and celebrates the power of courage in every child. Perfect for…

Multilingual flashcard: I have a cold!

Unfortunately pretty common at this time of the year – here’s how to say ‘I have a cold/ I have caught a cold’ in 10 different languages. As a primary school teacher I am used to my pupils being extremely generous – they like to share everything, including their sniffles! By this stage I should,…

Multilingual flashcard: Watercolour

Watercolour paints in 10 languages – this is one of my favourite media to work with (I particularly like watercolour and ink). How about you?

Multilingual flashcard: Paintbrush

Now you have your paint and you’re ready to get started – or are you? Have you got some paintbrushes yet? Here’s how to say ‘paintbrush’ in 10 languages. Let me know what you have been creating with your paints and brushes!

Multilingual flashcard: To paint

The verb, to paint (a picture, rather than a wall) – does anyone try this to relax? Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!

Book Review: Wolf Children

Wolf Children Written by Paul Dowswell 290 pages Published by Bloomsbury Publication date: 24th August 2017 Age range: 13 + Summary (from Goodreads): It is July 1945, Hitler’s Third Reich has fallen, and Berlin is in ruins. Living on the edge of survival in the cellar of an abandoned hospital, Otto and his ragtag gang…

Multilingual flashcard: Ruler

This was a word I never expected to need, but actually ended up using a surprising number of times when studying in Japan – whether you are figuring out the space available in your room for some new furniture, trying to get the correct-sized frame for a picture or simply draw a straight line –…

Multilingual flashcard: Colouring Pencils

Colouring pencil in 10 languages – you can create some amazing artwork with some simple colouring pencils, particularly if you use the watercolour versions or use a solvent (e.g. vaseline) to blend ordinary colouring pencils together.