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Children’s Day and Pint-sized Bookworms Reading Club

Dear Pint-sized Bookworms (and their mummies, daddies, aunties, uncles and teachers),

HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY!!!!! (in arrears)

 I hope you had a swell day!!!!

 Here’s how we celebrated. PBW Reading Club had its first ever reading event at Learning Ladder Montessori School, Ajah, Lagos.We had loads of fun!

We read 3 books,

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made DIY reading journals

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And lots more!!!

Stay tuned for more pictures!!

Do you want us to come to your school? Write us here: ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com The subject of your mail should read PBW Reading Club.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Happy Reading!!

Many thanks to our Sponsors and Volunteers 

CAIN PROJECTS, JulieCecil Photography, A.S Homes & Designs, PinPoint Creatives, Blunch Foods Nig. LTD, Dr. N (author of Adaeze, the True Princess); Tolu Banjo (keepingfaithwithtolu) 

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic, Play

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/a-midsummer-nights-dream-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midsummer-Nights-Dream-Usborne-readers/dp/0746063334/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464543391&sr=1-2&keywords=a+midsummer+nights+dream+usborne;  Free Download here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html

Price: N580; 4.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

This play has four interconnecting plots/stories.

  1. The Duke of Athens, Theseus is about to marry the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta whom he has just conquered in battle. He orders four days of festivities to celebrate his impending marriage.
  2. Hermia, daughter of Egeus, an Athenian, refuses to marry Demetrius (against her father’s wishes) because she loves Lysander. Egeus asks the Duke to sentence her to death, based on an ancient Athenian law that requires a daughter to marry a suitor approved by her father or face death. Meanwhile, Helena, Hermia’s friend loves Demetrius. So basically, Helena loves Demetrius who loves Hermia who loves Lysander (Yes, Shakespeare has a thing for love triangles, rectangles and all)
  3. Oberon, the King of Fairies wants to take his wife Titania’s ward as a page but Titania refuses. Angry, he puts a magic potion (juice from a flower) on her eyes to make her fall in love with the first creature she sees when she wakes up. His plan: watch her fall in love with an animal in the forest and then shame her into giving him the young boy.
  4. A group of actors, the Mechanicals, is contracted to perform a play during the Duke’s wedding however, they do not know the first thing about acting so they retire to the forest to practice.

The play is set in the enchanted forest. After the Duke Theseus rules that Hermia must marry Demetrius, face death or become a nun, she decides to elope with Lysander and they find their way to the enchanted forest. Helena learns of this plan and tells Demetrius who gives chase. Helena in turn runs after Demetrius. Oberon spies Helena running after Demetrius and feeling pity for her decides to give Demetrius the magic juice from the flower to make him fall in love with Helena. He enlists the help of Puck a mischievous fairy who mistakenly puts the juice on Lysander’s eyes. Lysander wakes up to see Helena and promptly falls in love with her. An enraged Oberon attempts to correct Puck’s mistake, so the juice is administered on Demetrius who also falls in love with Helena. Of course chaos erupts as suddenly both men who entered the forest loving Hermia now love Helena. Meanwhile, the same mischievous Puck, turns the head of one of the Mechanicals, Bottom, into a donkey’s head causing his fellow actors to abandon him. Queen Titania, wakes up after the juice has been spread over her eyes and falls in love with Bottom. J

Read the story to find out how all fours stories/plots were resolved.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! Puck, the mischievous, was the major highlight. He made this book fun and made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Watch out especially for the part where Queen Titania wakes up and starts professing undying love to Bottom, the donkey-headed man! I loved this story a lot as a child (even though it took a while for me to GET it!) This book however, is much better than the one I read as a child. It is easy to read and not as long.

DOWN: It may be a tad confusing for 4-6 year olds because of the interconnecting plots plus the fact that the play seems to be riddled with characters.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here (the original version): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html
  2. Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

CHALLENGE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  • This little person caused a lot of trouble in this story?
  • Is there a play-within-a play in this story?
  • Who is Oberon?

OR

2. Draw and colour a man with a donkey’s head (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 Thursday, June 2nd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

MY NIGERIA: People, Places and Culture by Constance Omowumi Kola-Lawal

 

 

 

 

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The Mystery of Shelf 12 L pt2

 

Continued from here

It was the biggest library she had ever seen. Rows and rows of books from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. Just books! Small books, big ones, flat ones, thick ones, old ones, new ones, hardbacks, paperbacks! She had never seen so many books in one place at the same time. Her old school’s library was a small dark room with two white plastic tables, six white plastic chairs and twenty-three old books. Ada stood on a spot and spun, staring at all the books in the topmost shelf, her neck bent backwards so much that it looked like it would break. Then she looked down at the rest of the library. Where was her mystery writer, Z? She looked around. There were so many shelves, she didn’t know where to start from.

How can anyone find anyone in this place? she wondered. She looked at the note again. It didn’t say where she was supposed to meet Z. She started walking through the shelves, looking at the letter boxes at the top of each shelf.

“A .. B .. C .. D .. ”

Four shelves and four minutes later, no one walked up to her and no one had said anything to her. Ada looked at the note in her hand again. This time, she studied it wondering if she had missed something.

“Hmmm. Why are the 12 and L darker than the other letters?”

She looked up at the huge clock on the wall. It was 11:58 am. Just beneath the clock, there was a huge chart with the alphabets and numbers 1 -20. Suddenly, Ada’s eyes popped and she knew where she was supposed to meet Z.

She folded the note, pushed it into her pocket and hurried towards the center of the library. Just as she stopped in front of the shelf marked 12 L, a loud bang shook the library! Ada jumped and turned away from the shelf looking around. Everyone else seemed calm, like nothing happened. Then the bang came again and again and again.

Oh! It’s only the clock she thought. It’s 12 o’clock!

She heaved a sigh of relief and counted with the clock.

“ … 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. 11.. 12 ..”

Then from no where, two hands came out of the shelf 12 L, covered her mouth and dragged her into the darkness!

 

 

to be continued …

see you same time next week …

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Little Red Riding Hood

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Title: Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Retold by Renee Cloke

Publisher: Award Publication/Usborne

Number of pages: 24/64

Type of Book: Fiction; Fairytale

Age: 0 – 4

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Ladybird-Tales-Little-Riding-Hood/dp/1409311120/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463697512&sr=1-1&keywords=little+red+riding+hood+ladybird+tales;  http://www.amazon.com/Touch-Fairy-Little-Riding-Ladybird/dp/1409304493/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=514Zl8vx3-L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=15BZ7EE4Z9KHHVQKBX3T ; http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/little-red-riding-hood/ ; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goldilocks-Three-Bears-Usborne-Reading/dp/0746084110;  Free Download here: https://vk.com/doc8069473_212444066?hash=bdc9e2603bc7958ac0&dl=e2e6b90514c43d666b

Price: N500; $2.99; N580; 4.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Another classic fairytale. Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandma is sick so her mum makes a food basket and asks Little Red to take it to her. She repeatedly warns her not to talk to strangers on the road but Little Red disobeys her mum and talks to the sly fox. Sly fox quickly speeds to Grandma’s house, gobbles her up, changes into Grandma’s clothes and waits for Little Red to arrive so as to eat her up as well. Read the book to find out what became of Little Red, Grandma and the food basket. One of my best lines from the book:

“Grandma, what large teeth you have …” says Little Red

“The better to eat you with.” replies the fox.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This was hands down, one of my favourite little girl books! I loved it to pieces! I wanted that red cape too! Red has been my favourite colour since I can remember! Anyway, back to the book. It also introduces kids to the wonderful world of fairy tales! Both have vibrant illustrations but the Ladybird book also has different touch and feels on every page to introduce your toddler to textures. This story has a lesson or two. It teaches little readers that there are consequences for disobedience and talking to strangers. I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4! Older kids can read this too. It’s a board book so it’s sturdy and will survive bites, spills and dunks in water.

DOWN: Depending on the version you read, the end can be sad or not!

RATING

4.5 or 5 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. This story was first published by Charles Perrault and the Brother’s Grimm.
  2. This story has had at least three different versions with three different endings. In some versions, the fox swallows the grandma and the small girl; in others, it hides the grandma in a closet and doesn’t eat the little girl. Sometimes, the fox swallows the grandma and the little girl whole and a wood cutter rescues them from its stomach, and sometimes, the wood cutter is a hunter!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Create your own Little Red Riding Hood book here: https://vk.com/doc8069473_212444066?hash=bdc9e2603bc7958ac0&dl=e2e6b90514c43d666b
  2. Some Little Red Riding Hood activities here: https://vk.com/doc8069473_212444066?hash=bdc9e2603bc7958ac0&dl=e2e6b90514c43d666b
  3. Watch a video here:

CHALLENGE: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the picture of little Red Riding Hood on the cover of the book (4 year olds)

OR

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

http://www.coloring-book.info/coloring/coloring.php?id=2408

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, May 31st 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 

 

 

 

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A Winter’s Tale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: A Winter’s Tale (found in Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare)

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Dover Publications/Penguin Classics

Number of pages: 112/304

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction, Play

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=17883&c=111; http://www.amazon.com/Winters-Tale-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486411184 ; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/winters_tale/full.html

Price: N1500; $3.00; 7.99 GBP

MY SUMMARY

A tale of woes really. The King Leontes of Sicily, in a fit of jealousy imprisons his pregnant wife and tries to poison his friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia because he believes the two are having an affair. His friend escapes however the wife doesn’t. She gives birth to a little girl, Perdita while in prison and dies shortly afterwards during her public trial. Her first son dies during this trial as well. Meanwhile, King Leontes, believing Perdita to be a product of the suspected affair abandons the child. She ends up in Bohemia and is found and raised by a shepherd. Sixteen years later, she meets and falls in love with the only son of King Polixenes, Prince Florizel. Florizel loves Perdita but Polixenes doesn’t approve of this union because they all think Perdita is a commoner and so the lovebirds decide to run away, to Sicily! Read the book to find out how the King Leontes is reunited with his long lost daughter and to see the unexpected but very happy twist at the end of the book!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It evoked a lot of feelings from me. It’s funny and sad at the same time. I remember heaving a sigh of relief after reading this story some 20 years ago.  Great ending. I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Why did King Leontes try to poison King Polixenes? Because he thought Polixenes was having an affair with his wife.
  2. This person falls in love with Perdita but is forbidden to marry her by his father? Prince Florizel, the son of King Polixenes.
  3. Who is Antigonus and what became of him? King Leontes’ servant. He was charged with the task of getting rid of Perdita. A bear ate him.
  4. Apollo’s Oracle had this message for King Leontes: You will not have an heir until you find your daughter, Perdita.
  5. What is the origin of the name, Perdita?! It’s a Latin word meaning LOST.

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

Read the book here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/winters_tale/full.html

CHALLENGE: A Winter’s Tale

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Imagine waking up and realizing that you were lost as a child and you’re really a Prince/Princess, then write a short 600-word story describing life as a prince/princess

OR

  1. Write a 100-word short poem about jealousy.

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 29th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare

 

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NEWS/EVENT THIS WEEK May 22-26th

Dear Pint-sized Bookworms (and their mummies, daddies, aunties, uncles and teachers),

It’s a new week and boy, do I have news for you!

  1. PBW Reading Club

Our first reading club event will take place on Children’s Day, May 27th 2016 and we’re raring to go! The new Pint-sized Bookworms will be reading three books: HANDA’S HEN by Eileen Browne (read review here); AFRO: THE GIRL WITH THE MAGICAL HAIR by Okechulwu Ofili (read review here) and HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN COUNTRY by Valerie Wyatt (read review here) and two stories with lots of activities like word games, puzzles, and an arts and craft session. We will also have one author book reading by newbie author Nnenna Ochiche. She will read her new book, ADAEZE, THE TRUE PRINCESS (read review here).

 

  1. Connect Nigeria’s Writer’s Conference

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The annual conference for writers, ‘The Business of Writing’ organized by ConnectNigeria held two days ago at the Sleek Center, in Victoria Island, Lagos. It featured speakers like Okechuchukwu Ofili of Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair, Eghosa Imasuen of Fine Boys, Efe Paul Azino, poet par excellence, Adebola Rayo of Artyliving and Director and screenwriter Ike Nnaebue. Yours truly attended with the latest Pint-sized Bookworm. More information on the conference can be found here.

  1. Movies  

a. Through the Looking Glass

The movie, Through the Looking Glass, sequel to Alice in Wonderland, will premier in the US on May 27th! Yes! Children’s Day! Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it features actors like Anna Hathaway (Princess Diaries), Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. The movies are based on the books of the same title by Lewis Carroll. Be sure to read the two books before going to see the movie!

b. The BFG Movie

Fans of Roald Dahl and the BFG (read review here) will be glad to know that the BFG is about to hit the big screen. Premiering this July in the US, this sure to be blockbuster was directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by Dreamworks!!! Can you imagine?! Definitely a feast for the senses!

You can find last week’s news here

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Twelfth Night

Title: Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic, Play

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/twelfth-night-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twelfth-Night-Young-Reading-Two/dp/0746099002; Free Download here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/full.html

Price: N580; 4.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Yet another play featuring a shipwreck, twins and a comic case of mistaken identity. Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are lost at sea after a shipwreck. Viola lands at Illyria and disguised as a boy (Cesario) goes to work for and falls in love with Duke Orsino. The Duke meanwhile is madly in love with the Countess Olivia and sends his trusted servant Cesario (Viola) to woo her on his behalf. In an interesting turn of events, the Countess falls in love with Cesario (Viola). Read the book to see how this love triangle is resolved and the chaos that ensues when Sebastian shows up at Duke Orsino’s court!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! As usual, the case of mistaken identity caused by identical twins makes for hearty laughter. The characters made this book a delightful read. The major highlight was Viola. Her asides were entertaining. The love-struck Duke Orsino was a highlight too. His silliness was comical. I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This play is also called What You Will
  2. It was named after a Christian holiday/festival, the Twelfth Night.
  3. It was first performed on the twelfth night of Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, in either 1601/1602[1]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here (the original version): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/full.html
  2. Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

CHALLENGE: Twelfth Night

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. Who is Cesario?
  2. How are Viola and her brother separated?
  3. This play is also called ………. ?

OR

2. Draw and colour identical twins (a boy and a girl) (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 Thursday, May 26th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night