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The Little Mermaid

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Title: The Little Mermaid

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Publisher: Usborne Publishing/ Hythloday
Press

Number of pages: 48/80

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here:

http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-little-mermaid-young-reading-series-1/; http://www.amazon.com/Little-Mermaid-Original-Illustrations/dp/0615963943/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461935499&sr=1-4&keywords=the+little+mermaid; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Mermaid-Young-Reading-Packs/dp/0746085338/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461798575&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+little+mermaid+suborn+young+reading+series+one;

Free Download here: http://hca.gilead.org.il/li_merma.html

Price: N580; $4.00

MY SUMMARY

The little mermaid, the last and the prettiest of the six daughters of the Sea-King, wants more than anything to rise out of the ocean and see the earth and humans! When finally gets the chance to rise out of the ocean on her fifteenth birthday, she stumbles upon a party on a ship and falls in love with the celebrant, a prince. Suddenly she desperately wants to exchange her fish tail for a pair of legs, to be human. Unbeknownst to her family, she visits the Sea-Witch who grants her wish, on one condition. Read the book to find out how she finally meets the Prince and if they lived happily every after.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The original version of this story is replete with vital lessons for children. Young readers learn the advantages of being content, the consequences of disobedience, the importance of love and the soul, etc.

DOWN: The Disney version though it has a happier ending is a bit shallow compared to the original version.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This story has had at least three different versions with three different endings. In some versions, the prince marries someone else and the little mermaid dies of a broken heart, in the original version, the prince marries someone else and the little mermaid joins the ‘Daughters of the Air’, a group of ethereal spirits and in Disney’s version, she marries the prince and they live happily ever after!
  2. The little mermaid is called ‘the little mermaid in some versions, Melody in others and Ariel by Disney.
  3. In the story, the little mermaid had the finest voice in the world!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Watch a video here (Disney’s version):

CHALLENGE: The Little Mermaid

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Read the story here: http://hca.gilead.org.il/li_merma.html (version 1)

Answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  • How many sisters does the little mermaid have?
  • What did the little mermaid give to the Sea-Witch in exchange for a pair of legs?
  • Who are the Daughters of the Air?

OR

  1. Draw and colour the little mermaid (4-5 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, May 3rd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

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The Comedy of Errors

Title: The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Number of pages: 272

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Comedy-Errors-Folger-Shakespeare-Library/dp/0743484886/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= ; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://www.pubwire.com/DownloadDocs/PDFiles/SHAKESPR/COMEDY/COMEDYOF.PDF

Price: $5:99

MY SUMMARY

This story is one of mistaken identity and as is common with stories of this nature, what follows is chaos for the characters and laughter for the readers. One fateful night, two women gave birth to a set of identical twin boys each. The first woman was a wealthy merchant’s wife from Syracuse, the other, a poor woman. The latter sold her twins as servants to the former’s twins. Shortly after, the merchant and his family were caught in a storm at sea; the wife and a set of twins (one son and one servant) was lost. Distraught, the merchant named the surviving boys after the lost boys. Many years later, both boys (Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus) and their servants (Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus) happened to be in the town of Ephesus at the same time. This led to mass confusion, a lot of beatings, some arrests, an almost exorcism and riotous laughter!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! It lives up to its title. Most stories featuring identical twins are filled with laughter, this one features two sets of identical twins so its twice as much fun! I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The story is set in the city of Ephesus
  2. Egeon, (the father of the twins) must do this to avoid being executed the next day? Give a thousand marks to the Duke of Ephesus.
  3. While dining in his brother’s house, (he’s mistaken for his brother) Antipholus of E does this: he woos his brother’s wife’s sister!
  4. Antipholus of Ephesus suffers this as a result of the mix-up: He’s locked out of his own house
  5. His wife thinks he has gone mad and begs an exorcist to cure him.
  6. He’s accused of refusal to pay a debt and he’s locked up in prison.

Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

Watch the play here:

CHALLENGE: The Comedy of Errors

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word comedy of errors. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 1000-word comedy of errors (10-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, May 1st  2016.

Next Book of the Week:

MERCHANT OF VERNICE by William Shakespeare

 

 

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author: Eric Carle

Publisher: Philomel Books

Number of pages: 24

Type of Book: Fiction; Educational

Age: 0 – 4

Available here:http://readingcorner.ng/ProductDetails.asp?SubCatagoryID=621&ProductID=2094;   http://www.amazon.com/Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-Eric-Carle/dp/0399226907; borrow it here: http://zodml.org/eachbook.php?id=694

Price: N2,200; $5.52; Free

MY SUMMARY

A little bit of science for toddlers. This book tells the story of a caterpillar’s journey to becoming a butterfly. But first the caterpillar eats through amazing fruits, veggies (and the book) until it becomes quite sick! Read this little package to your toddler to teach him about butterflies, fruits, days of the week, etc., in the most fun way possible!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: I LOOOOOVVVEEEEE this book!!!!! Using brilliant illustrations, this book shows toddlers how to count (from 1 to 5), some fruits (apples, pears, etc.), some food (cheese, cakes, sausages, etc.), some colors, days of the week (Monday to Sunday), and a little bit of science (the very hungry caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly at the end of the book!). The icing on the cake? The caterpillar eats through the pages of the book as it eats through the fruits in the book. I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4!

DOWN: None!!!

RATING

5 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. This book is sold somewhere in the world every thirty seconds![1]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Team the reading experience with a visit to eric-carle.com
  • Watch a video here: 

CHALLENGE: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour 4 (four) fruits found in Nigeria. (4 year olds)

OR

  1. Identify and colour the caterpillar (2-3 year olds)

http://www.eric-carle.com/ColoringSheet.jpg

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 4 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, April 26th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

 

 

 

 

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-Eric-Carle/dp/0399226907

 

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A Tale of Two Cities

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Title: A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Usborne Publishing/Dover Publications

Number of pages: 64, 304

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/a-tale-of-two-cities-young-reading-series-3/; http://www.amazon.com/Tale-Cities-Young-Reading-Three/dp/0746096984/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461361373&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=a+tale+of+two+cities+by+charles+dickens+usborne+publishing; http://www.planetpublish.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities_T.pdf; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://www.planetpublish.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities_T.pdf

Price: N580; $1.98; $4.50

MY SUMMARY

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’ It was the period just before the French Revolution. The rich got richer and lived lavishly and the poor got poorer and suffered untold hardship and injustice at the hands of the rich.

Against this backdrop Lucie Manette’s life unfolds. Lucie is reunited with her father after eighteen years. He has been unjustly imprisoned in the Bastille for almost two decades for witnessing a murder. They return to a peaceful life in England until fate takes them back to France to serve as witnesses at a trial. In France, Lucie meets Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton who fall in love with her. After an eventful trial, the Manettes return to Engalnd with Carton and Darnay and Lucie marries Darnay. Again, life seems to be peaceful for the Manettes until Charles returns to France, during the French Revolution and is caught, tried and sentenced to death for committing treason. Read this book to find out how Charles escapes death, if he does.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: I enjoyed reading this book, first because it was a bit of fiction with a slice of history and secondly because it reminded me of Les Miserables. Dickens is a wonderful story spinner. My best character was the death spinner Mrs. Defarge who used knitting for a brand new purpose: to put down the names of aristocrats to be killed. The first line is also one of the best opening lines i’ve ever seen, second only to Lemon Snicket’s opening line in ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book One’

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

This line stuck in my head for years! I read this book some twenty years ago and promptly forgot everything about it except this line. I recommend for older independent readers, boys and girls alike.

DOWN: The unabridged version might be a bit much for children especially because the diction is anything but simple but the abridged version is almost skeletal.

RATING

4.5 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. The two cities? London and Paris
  2. An extraordinary feature of Mrs. Defarge’s knitting? She knits the names of all the rich people to be killed during the Revolution.
  3. These two love Lucie Manette and look like identical twins? Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton.
  4. Charles Darnay’s secret identity? He is the nephew and heir to Marquis Evremonde, the much hated French aristocrat.
  5. Why was Lucie Manette’s father away for 18 years? Because he witnessed the death of a young boy and girl at the hands of Marquis Evremonde so the latter put him in Prison.

Visit Charles Dickens here: http://www.charlesdickensinfo.com

CHALLENGE: A Tale of Two Cities

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word essay on the French Revolution. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 600-word essay on the following: a. The French Revolution. b. The Biafran War (10-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, April 26th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

COMEDY OF ERRORS by William Shakespeare

 

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A Pre-School Alphabet Book and A Treasury of African Names

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Author: Noma Sodipo

Publisher: Swan Publishing

Number of pages: 63

Type of Book: African; Fiction; Educational

Age: 2 – 7

Available here: www.preschoolalphabetandafricannames.com; Swan Publishing: 7th floor, 27/29 King George V Road, Onikan, Lagos; TerraKulture: Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos

Price: N1500

MY SUMMARY

My first thought was “Not another ABC book”, but this is an ABC book with a difference. It features the expected – Ants, Balls, Cats, etc. – but it goes many steps further to include colourful illustrations; common plants, animals and food found in Africa; colours; a question on every page and a full glossary of African names with their pronunciation, origin and meaning. It’s the perfect ABC book for the African child!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: I LOOOOOVVVEEEEE this book!!!!! (ESP because good quality African books for preschoolers are hard to find AND (Icing on the cake!!!) this one was written by a Nigerian!) This is easily one of the best books I have read this year and I have read it to my 2-year-old too! It is filled with vibrantly coloured illustrations and it features sights and sounds of 21st Century Africa. I recommend this book for kids aged 2 to 7 especially kids (African and non-African) who would like to learn about Africa. Parents can read this book to their toddlers and beginning readers can read it on their own.

DOWN: None!!!

RATING

5 Stars. If I could, I’d give this more than 5 stars.

TRIVIA

  1. Noma Sodipo, the author, also produces the television programme ‘Storytime with Auntie Noma’ which is aired in over thirty countries in the world! 

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

CHALLENGE: A Pre-School Alphabet Book and A Treasury of African Names

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  • Draw and name 10 animals found in Nigeria using the first 10 letters of the alphabet?

e.g. A – Antelope, B – Bat, C – Chicken (these examples can not be submitted as answers (6-7 year olds)

OR

  • Draw and colour 4 (four) animals found in Nigerian homes (4-5 year olds)

OR

  • Identify and colour the dog (2-3 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 7 age range. The first two correct entries will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, April 19th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle

 

 

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Afeni

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Title: Afeni

Author: Tolulope Fabamwo

Publisher: Amaleez Books

Number of pages: 109

Type of Book: Contemporary, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://222.okadabooks,com/books/10054; http://www.amazon.com/Afeni-Tolulope-Fabamwo/dp/1508722846

Price: N90; $9.99

MY SUMMARY

Ten-year-old Afeni longed for many things. He wanted to meet his father, he wanted his mother to stop working as a housekeeper, he wanted to be accepted by the other kids in school, he wanted to live in a nice house, he wanted to own and ride his own bike, he wanted many things. He often thought about these things, sometimes he dreamt about them in the tiny room he shared with his mother in the servant quarters of the Badmus residence. But it seemed all hope was lost when he got home one day to find his mum dead. He was forced to move to Lagos with an uncle he had seen only once in his life. Afeni’s life changed. All of a sudden, he lived in a big house, in a big estate; he went to a school for wealthy kids, he even made a friend but he wasn’t happy. However, there was one more surprise in store for Afeni …

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The illustrations were beautiful. It had a happy ending.

DOWN: There was a bit of ‘Nigerian English’.

TRIVIA

  1. Afeni’s reaction when he realized his mother was dead. He went into shock!
  2. Why did Afeni grow up without his father? His father disappeared shortly after Afeni’s mother became pregnant.
  3. What did Afeni and Lola have in common? They didn’t know the identity of their biological fathers.
  4. How old was Afeni when he met his father? 10 years old.
  5. “Bastards are bad luck!” Who said this and why? Afeni’s classmate. He didn’t want to be on the same team as Afeni.

CHALLENGE: Afeni

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word short story on any of the following themes: Kindness OR Friendship

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, April 17th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens

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Fox in Socks

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Title: Fox in Socks

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 62

Type of Book: Fiction; Contemporary

Age: 3 – 6

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/literature/192-fox-in-socks-by-dr-seuss.html?search_query=seuss&results=2; http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Socks-Beginner-Books-Seuss/dp/0394800389/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Price: N2000; $5.08

MY SUMMARY

Meet Mr. Fox and Mr. Knox. Mr. Fox is the mischievous naughty one, Mr. Knox just wants to be left alone, but Mr. Fox has other plans. He wants to play a game of tongue twisters and they seem to get more complicated as the poor annoyed Mr. Knox complains of the difficulty of the tongue twisters. But Mr. Fox goes on and on and on, much to Mr. Knox’s chagrin. Read the book to find out how Mr. Knox gets back at Mr. Fox.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book of tongue twisters will make your kids laugh as they struggle with the tongue twisters, or better still, watch YOU struggle with them. I recommend this book for boys and girls aged 3 to 6, especially reluctant readers and kids who love to laugh.

DOWN: None

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This book was first published in 1965!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

CHALLENGE: Fox in Socks 

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  • Create a tongue-twister. (30 words) (5-6 year olds)

OR

  • Draw and colour the Fox in Socks (Use the image on the book cover) (3-4 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 3 – 6 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Thursday, April 14th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

A PRE-SCHOOL ALPHABET BOOK AND A TREASURY OF AFRICAN NAMES by Noma Sodipo