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ABC of Financial Intelligence for Kids

Title: ABC of Financial Intelligence for Kids

Author: Gbonjubola Sanni and Adeolu Akinyemi

Publisher: WOW Publishing

Number of pages: 49

Type of Book: Non-Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/ABC-Financial-Intelligence-Kids-Book-ebook/dp/B01BNLXC22 ; Laterna Bookstore, 13 Oke Awo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos; http://www.iqrabooks.com.ng/details.php?code=1463750715

Price: $8.00; N1000

MY SUMMARY

This book introduces readers to the joys, dos and don’ts of financial freedom. First off, it defines terms like currency and money and gives a short expo on the history of money. Then it moves on to the concept of financial freedom and how to make and manage money as well as the creation of goals/visions for the future. It also introduces kids to different formulae for distributing income. The method given here involves dividing up income into six jars. The God Jar (10%), The Play Jar (10%), The Project Jar (10%), The Education Jar (10%), the Freedom Jar (10%) and the Necessity Jar (50%). Does your child know that having a single source of income is dated? According to the authors, to maintain a good standard of living and eventually gain financial freedom, one needs to have at least 2-3 sources of income. Does your child know that he/she can start earning income NOW? Today? In today’s Nigeria, this book is a must-read for every child and some adults. tongue in cheek

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book is a treasury of tips on financial management for kids. Replete with information on making and managing money, it also teaches readers how to set SMART goals, discover their gifts, strengths, weaknesses and passions. One of the highlights for me is the Vision Board, here described as a board containing images (photos, newspaper and magazine cut-outs, etc.), tokens, and all things related to a person’s vision, goals, dream (who you want to become, what you want to do or what you want to have). Every child needs a Vision Board and a map leading to the Board. I recommend this book for every child.

DOWN: There are quite a few typos, some grammatical errors as well as the use of ‘Nigerian’ English.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. When was the Naira created? 1 January 1973.
  2. These were used as money ‘legal tender’ in ancient times: Cowries, Cattle, Whale’s teeth, etc.
  3. Investing is? Putting money into a project with the expectation of getting some more money back within an expected period.
  4. What is a Vision Board? A Vision Board is a poster board with images and little objects related to your vision (what you want to become, what you want to have, what you want to do, etc.)
  5. Financial Freedom = PI > E: We achieve financial freedom when our Passive Income is greater than our Expenses.
  6. Passive Income is? Income earned as a result of work done in the past/investment. Examples of Passive Income are rent, royalties, dividends.

Visit the book here: https://web.facebook.com/FinancialIntelligenceForKids/?_rdr and here: http://thefinanciallyintelligentkid.com

CHALLENGE: ABC of Financial Intelligence for Kids

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write 300 words on the following: a. What do I want to achieve/be in the future? b. What gifts/talents do I have? c. How will I achieve my dream/goal? (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Create a Vision Board (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, July 3rd 2016.

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The Little Blue Cow

Title: The Little Blue Cow

Author: Thecla Ojeifo

Publisher: HTT Communications

Number of pages: 45

Type of Book: Fiction, Faith-based

Age: 0 – 8

Buy it here: Laterna Book Store, 13 Oke Awo Str, Victoria Island, Lagos or Glendora Bookshop, Ikeja City Mall, Lagos

Price: N600

MY SUMMARY

Michael’s mum is an expert story teller; she makes funny faces, uses different voices for the characters and sometimes acts out the stories! Story time with Michael’s mum is fun time for Michael, his baby sister and his friends. But she’s a story teller with a difference, her stories are centered around the Bible. Even better, she has a weekly Bible club for kids. Every Saturday, she picks a verse or two from the Bible, reads it to the kids and then tells a story about the verse.

The little blue cow, the story within this story is about a cow who was different from all the other animals on the farm and the big strong kind horse that helped him. Michael’s mum tried to share the message in Matthew11:28-30. Read the book to find out what became of the little blue cow and what Michael and his friends learnt from this story.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It is a faith-based book for kids! What’s not to love? It is quite easy to read and features a glossary for the more complex words. The story within the story can be read to toddlers while beginning/independent readers can read the whole book without or with minor supervision. I recommend for little boys and girls ages 5 – 8.

DOWN: There were a few typos and the story dragged a bit in the beginning. There was also a lot of telling and not showing but I’ve come to realize that this is a pervading problem in Nigerian children’s fiction. 

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Matthew 11:28-30 reads “28Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 CHALLENGE: The Little Blue Cow

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

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

  1. What happened every Saturday?
  2. Is there a story within a story in this book?
  3. Michael’s mum loved doing this?

OR

2. Draw and colour a blue cow (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, June 28th 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China – Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall

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Title: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China – Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall

Author: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 128

Type of Book: Non-Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magic-tree-house-fact-tracker-31-mary-pope-osborne/1119054505?ean=9780385386357; http://www.randomhousekids.com/books/detail/236086-magic-tree-house-fact-tracker-31-china-land-of-the-emperors-great-wall?isbn=9780385386357

Price: $5.99

MY SUMMARY

This book is the 31st in the Magic Tree House series, an adventure series that takes siblings, Jack and Annie on exciting journeys through time to discover the wonders of the world. Read my review of the first book in this series, Dinosaurs Before Dark here. This book is the non-fiction companion to Magic Tree House #14: Day of the Dragon King. In #14, siblings Jack and Annie visit China during the reign of the Dragon King. This book provides background information to #14. It offers a wealth of information on Chinese history. Readers learn that the Dragon King, Qin Shihuandi united all the states/cities in China and became its first Emperor. He had a burial ground the size of a small city. He was buried with 8,000 terra cotta soldiers to guard his tomb, war chariots, terra cotta horses and lots of weapons (swords, spears and cross bars). Readers also learn how the Chinese invented paper and silk (and refused to share the secret of silk production for about 2,000 years!) This book also introduces readers to the great Chinese Dynasties, philosophers, festivals and the Chinese Language. Does your child know that Mandarin, the official language in China, (and not English) is the most widely spoken language in the world?

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Everything!! This book could easily have been titled, ‘All You Need to Know About China for Kids’. I loved absolutely everything about it. It’s a valuable resource/ reference tool on all things China for kids (adults too!) with all sorts of information ranging from Chinese festivals (New Year, Moon, Kite, Dragon Boat, etc.) to delicacies (rice, frog legs, chicken feet, etc.) and inventions (paper, silk, tea bag, porcelain, compass).

It’s filled with fun facts, photographs and illustrations. It also provides pronunciation guides for some Chinese words e.g. Xie Xie (SHE – ah SHE – ah) meaning ‘Thank You’. The book also has some pointers on how to conduct research in libraries, museums and using books and the internet! I cannot say how much I love this series. I HIGHLY recommend this book for boys and girls between the age of 7 and 12. The Magic Tree House series has sold more than 100 million books world wide! A testament to its value.

DOWN: None!!!!! 

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. What percentage of the world’s population lives in China? 20%.
  2. Chinese rulers and Egyptian Pharaohs have this in common? They are buried with things they would need for the afterlife such as weapons, food, clothes, jewelry, etc.
  3. China is about the size of ……? The USA!
  4. This has formed a basic part of the Chinese diet for thousands of years: Rice
  5. The most famous Chinese Philosopher?
  6. Fast facts about the Great Wall of China: The first wall was built by the first Emperor of China. It took 12 years to complete and it was 1,500 miles long. 400,000 men died while building this wall. It was also called ‘The Cemetery Wall’. The Great Wall was built in the 16th Century and it is 5,500 miles long.

Visit Jack and Annie here: www.magictreehouse.com

Look inside: http://insight.randomhouse.com/widget/v2/?width=600&isbn=9780385386357&author=OSBORNE%2C%20MARY%20POPE&title=China%3A%20Land%20of%20the%20Emperor%26%2339%3Bs%20Great%20Wall

CHALLENGE: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China – Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word essay on any of the following: a. Chinese Terra-cotta Soldiers, b. The Great Wall of China, c. The Chinese New Year (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 1000-word essay on any of the following: a. Confucius, b. The Himalayas, c. The Dragon King (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, June 26th 2016.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post.

Xie Xie

 

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The Mystery of Shelf 12 L pt3

 

Continued from here

Ada opened her eyes slowly, trying to get used to the bright light in the room. She rubbed her head and swayed on her feet. The slide down the twisted tunnel made her head spin. It was worse than a roller coaster ride, she felt like she had been tossed around over and over again in a giant blender.

Slowly she made out the shape of a boy in front of her. “Who are you?”

He was about her height, he wore square glasses and he was completely bald, like a chicken without feathers! He just stared right back at her. She rubbed her head again and looked around.

“What is this place?”

It was much like the library upstairs, but the books were older, browner, bigger and the room was brighter, dustier, deserted.

The boy with no hair smiled. “This is the Room of Knowledge”

He took her hand pulling her towards the center of the room. “You wanted to learn about waterfalls right? Come, I’ll show you”

He stopped at a shelf labelled W and he pulled an old dusty brown book from the stack of books on one of the rows. “Come, help me”

Ada held one end of the book and together they pulled the large book off the shelf and onto the floor. The boy sat cross-legged in front of the book and tapped the space next to him. Ada looked at him and then the shelf and then the mouth of the tunnel.

“My name is Zigi. Break will be over in 30 minutes. If you want to see the waterfalls, sit down, we don’t have time”

She sat.

Zigi flipped the pages of the book. All of a sudden, sounds of thrashing water filled the room. Ada sat up and looked around but Zigi kept flipping the images.

“Can’t you hear that?”

“What?” He looked up and looked around, his large eyeballs turning in his face. They heard nothing. Ada was confused. He flipped another page. The sound came again, louder this time.

That!”

“Oh, that!” Zigi smiled and turned back to the book. He kept flipping pages until he got to the page he wanted. “Now look”

Ada jumped up “You heard it right? What’s happening?”

“Look!!!” Zigi shouted pointing at the book.

Then Ada looked at the book. There were pictures of huge waterfalls splayed across the pages.  Ada stared at the book, then at Zigi. The sounds seemed to be coming from the waterfalls in the book! She shook her head and took two steps back.

“Zigi. What’s that? What kind of book is that? What is this place? I want to go”

Zigi smiled and flipped the pages some more. More pictures of waterfalls came up and the volume of the sounds that filled the room, seemed to rise and fall depending on the size of the waterfalls on the pages. “These waterfalls are in Nigeria! There are so many and this book shows all of them. It tells you everything you need to know about all of them. But do you know the best part?” he stopped, looked at her and smiled harder. “It takes you to all of them”

“What do you mean?”

Ada took a step forward and stared at the strange book. The pages seemed to come alive. She stared at the waterfall closest to her. It was called Agbokim Waterfalls. It was beautiful she thought. She could hear the sounds from the waterfall. A gust of wind flung her plaits across her face.

“Touch it” Zigi said “Touch it”

Ada looked at him, then the book. Slowly, she walked towards Zigi, she knelt next to the book and touched the page. Suddenly a hole appeared where her finger had been and a violent gust of wind rose from its mouth and sucked her into the page!

to be continued …

see you same time next week …

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Jack and the Beanstalk

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Title: Jack and the Beanstalk

Author: Retold by Vera Southgate

Publisher: Ladybird/Ladybird Tales

Number of pages: 10/47

Type of Book: Fiction; Fairytale

Age: 0 – 4

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/literature/220-jack-and-the-beanstalk-a-touch-and-feel-book-.html; https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=12878&c=111; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Beanstalk-Ladybird-Touch-Fairy/dp/1409304515; Free Download here: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/sites/kids/files/attachment/stories-jack-and-the-beanstalk-transcript-final-2012-09-21.pdf

Price: N1000; N650; 2.80GBP

MY SUMMARY

Jack, a poor little boy lived with his mother on a farm. One day, his mother sent him to the market to sell their most prized possession, a cow. Jack however, traded the cow for some bean seeds. His poor mother, angry at the boy, threw the beans out the widow and sent the boy to sleep. The following morning, a beanstalk that reached far into the sky had grown right outside the window. Jack climbed up the stalk into the sky to find a beautiful castle in the clouds, a golden goose that laid golden eggs and a harp that played itself. Read the story to find out what happened when the owner of the castle, a giant, caught Jack trying to run away with his prized possessions.

One of the most popular lines from the story is the giant’s, “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!”

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This is a great introduction to the world of fairytales. Jack’s story is a great adventure story that all kids will love. It’s a board book so it’s sturdy and will survive bites, spills and dunks in water. I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4! Older kids can read this too.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. This story was first told over 5,000 years ago.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/sites/kids/files/attachment/stories-jack-and-the-beanstalk-transcript-final-2012-09-21.pdf
  2. Listen to the story here: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/jack-and-the-beanstalk
  3. Read the play here: http://www.grandviewlibrary.org/ReadersTheater/JackBeanstalk/JackBeanStalk.pdf
  4. Activities here: http://www.penguinreaders.com/pdf/downloads/pyr/factsheets/9780582428591.pdf
  5. Watch a video here:

CHALLENGE: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the picture of the beanstalk on the cover of the book (4 year olds)

OR

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

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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, June 8th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

THE LITTLE BLUE COW by Thecla Ojeifo

 

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As You Like It

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: AS YOU LIKE IT (found in Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare)

Author: William Shakespeare/Charles and Mary Lamb

Publisher: Dover Publications/Penguin Classics

Number of pages: 96/304

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction, Play

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/You-Like-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486404323?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0; https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=17883&c=111; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/asyoulikeit/full.html

Price: $3.00; N1500

MY SUMMARY

A rich Athenian dies, leaving behind two sons, Oliver and Orlando. Oliver inherits the father’s wealth, maltreats his younger brother and eventually tries to kill him in a wrestling match. Orlando wins the match much to Oliver’s chagrin, and he catches the eye of Rosalind, a local maiden. The two immediately fall in love. However, Orlando discovers that Oliver plans to burn him and his house and escapes to the Forest of Arden where he meets Duke Senior.

Duke Senior, Rosalind’s father having lost his lands and title to his sneaky younger brother Frederick has been living in exile in the forest of Arden. His daughter, Rosalind however lives with the wicked brother and his daughter Celia who incidentally is Rosalind’s best friend.

One day, Duke Frederick decides that Rosalind has become a threat to his daughter, so he throws her out of his court. Rosalind and Celia take to the Forest of Arden as well (it really seems to be a place of refuge for everyone). Rosalind disguises as a young man, Ganymede, to ward of thieves and the likes while Celia disguises as his sister. There they eventually meet Orlando and Duke Senior. Ganymede becomes Orlando’s friend and teaches him how to woo the love of his life (herself in disguise) while trying to ward off the advances of a lady in the same forest. Read the book to find out the drama that unfolds!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Shakespeare had a thing for romantic comedies and this is one of them. With a heartwarming love story and some funny characters, it’s the perfect holiday read for the little bookworm who loves Shakespeare. Like other plays of this nature there are at least three couples/weddings at the end of the play. Guaranteed to make you smile, laugh and marvel at human nature. I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. What Oliver does as soon as their father dies? He stops paying for Orlando’s education, treats him like a servant and eventually tries to kill him.
  2. What Oliver does after his second plan to kill Orlando fails? He decides to try a third time so he follows Orlando to the forest of Arden with the intent to kill him there.
  3. Rosalind discovers this to be one of the major consequences of wearing a disguise: A local shepherdess Phoebe falls in love with her believing her to a boy!
  4. Why did Duke Frederick eject Rosalind from his court? Because he felt she was getting more popular than his daughter Celia
  5. Who is Ganymede? Rosalind, dressed as a boy.
  6. How does Ganymede help Orlando? He teaches him how to be a good suitor/husband to Rosalind, i.e. how to woo her.

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

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

CHALLENGE: As You Like It

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, June 6th 2016.

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