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Magic Tree House #5: Night of the Ninjas

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Title: Magic Tree House #5: Night of the Ninjas

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 69

Type of Book: Fiction; Adventure

Age: 5 – 8

Buy it here: http://readingcorner.ng/P2987-5.-Night-of-the-Ninjas-C752.asp;  https://www.amazon.com/Night-Ninjas-Magic-Tree-House/dp/0679863710

Price: N1,550; $2.97

MY SUMMARY

The magic tree house series is an adventure series for boys and girls aged 5 – 8. Readers join Jack and Annie on many adventures through time to learn historical facts on subjects ranging from prehistoric animals to ancient kingdoms, heroes, warriors, myths and the like. In this adventure, Jack and Annie go to Japan. They meet real-life ninjas, visit the cave of a ninja master where they learn several ninja secrets and hide from a scary samurai. They must find a clue to help them in their search for Morgan Le Fey, the owner of the magic tree house. Read the book to discover the wonders of life as a ninja and whether Jack and Annie where able to find Morgan.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Readers will learn interesting facts about ninjas in olden-day Japan making this book a valuable reference tool for kids. This book, like others in the series, also has some pointers on how to do research in libraries, museums and using books and the internet! I recommend this book for boys and girls between the age of 5 and 9, especially beginning and reluctant readers and kids with a love for adventure. For some extra fun, read the non-fiction companion to this book. It features all sorts of fun facts about ninjas and samurai.

DOWN: None.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This series has sold more than 100 million books worldwide! 

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Visit Jack and Annie and become a member of the Magic Tree House Adventure Club here: http://www.magictreehouse.com
  2. Buy the non-fiction companion here: https://www.amazon.com/Ninjas-Samurai-Nonfiction-Companion-Tracker/dp/038538632X
  3. Listen to the first chapter of this book here:

 

CHALLENGE: Magic Tree House #5: Night of the Ninjas

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

Read the story above and answer the questions below:

  1. List two items used by ninjas (5 – 6 year olds)
  1. Write a 200-word essay on Japanese Ninjas (7 – 8 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 5 – 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 Wednesday, December 21st 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

NO DON’T TOUCH ME THERE by Nomthi Odukoya

 

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The Mystery of Shelf 12L pt 5

Continued from here

Ada’s eyes came open slowly, widening with every second until her eyebrows almost touched her forehead.

The waterfall stood before her in all its glory.

Seven rivers of rushing foamy water gushing towards the cliff and plunging many meters into the pool below with a thunderous roar. The first four and the last drops had gleaming white water while the fifth and sixth had water adorned with shining yellow streaks as if they had been kissed by the sun.

They could barely see the pool as the water pounded the rocks at the bottom creating moving clouds of water which seemed to fight against themselves before tumbling into a river which flowed a channel into the forest. A thick fog rose the foot of the waterfall almost all the way to the top making it impossible to see the bottom of the waterfall and the pool.

Ada took a step closer to the cliff and she felt the cold spray from the mist and the cold wind that seemed to push her aback, keeping her away from the cliff..

“It’s wonderful!!!!” she shouted trying to be heard over the deafening roar of the water

Zigi smiled and held up his camera.

Ada quickly threw her arms in the air and wore her brightest smile. This picture was especially for Iphie and the girls.

Zigi took her and dragged her away from the waterfall.

“We have a thousand and one things to see and do and almost no time left. We have to go!!?”

Fun facts about Agbokim

It’s located 3.5 hours by road from calabar

Swim in the bowl in the dry season and you may catch some fish.

The cave palace, mostly closed during the rainy season as a result of the water, houses the spiritual prince and princess of the area.

to be continued …

see you same time next week …

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The Story of Jesus

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Title: The Story of Jesus

Author: Award Publications

Publisher: Award Publications

Number of pages: 21

Type of Book: Christian; Christmas; See and Say Story Book

Age: 0 – 4

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-story-of-jesus/ ;   

https://www.amazon.com/Story-Jesus-Bible-Stories-Along/dp/1841357448/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481709578&sr=1-2&keywords=award+publications+read+along+with+me

Price: N550; $4:98

MY SUMMARY

In this book, little ones learn about the origin of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. They meet Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, the shepherds and the three wise men. They also catch a glimpse of the later life of Jesus through the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Ultimately, they learn how Jesus came to the world to die that all of us may be saved.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book is one of the titles in the Bible Stories Category of the Read Along with Me Series, a series devoted to introducing toddlers to the joy of reading using picture words. Picture words are little pictures of characters and other things in the book, used in place of words and scattered between the words in the book. How this works: In the course of reading, you pause and point at the words, so that your toddler can ‘see’ the picture and ‘say’ the word. The series has different categories (Classics, Bible Stories, Nursery Rhymes) with at least five titles each.

This is a lovely Christmas present for a baby/toddler/little munchkin because he/she gets to read along while learning about the birth and love of Jesus. They’re quite reasonably priced too! Other books in the Bible Stories category of this series include Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Bulrushes, Stories Jesus Told.

DOWN: Two thirds of the book focused on the birth of Jesus and a very small third was dedicated to the rest of his life. Therefore, the last few pages seemed a bit (for want of a better word) ‘weak’ as the writer tried unsuccessfully to cram the rest of Jesus’ life into 6 pages. I imagine the book would have been much better if it had been left simply as the birth story of Jesus Christ. It was a good book all the same.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. A picture word guide/glossary is included in the inside back cover of the book.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

Play Christmas carols that tell the birth story: 

  1. “Mary’s Boy Child”:
  2. Once in Royal David’s City” :

CHALLENGE: The Story of Jesus

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Colour only baby Jesus. (2 – 3 year olds)

http://www.getcoloringpages.com/images/wu/wu2dtfg.jpg

  1. Draw baby Jesus and his gifts. (4 year olds)

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 Wednesday, December 14th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

NO DON’T TOUCH ME THERE by Nomthi Odukoya

 

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Middle School #5: Ultimate Showdown

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Title: MIDDLE SCHOOL: ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Cornerstone

Number of pages: 256

Type of Book: Contemporary, Fiction, Interactive/Activity

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=17304&c=210; https://www.amazon.com/Middle-School-Ultimate-James-Patterson/dp/0316322113/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481486426&sr=8-1&keywords=middle+school+ultimate+showdown

Price: N3,000; $8.53

MY SUMMARY

In this book, the siblings Rafe and Georgia Khatchadorian humorously argue about their views on some of the features and happenings in middle school like farting, bullying, cafeteria food, school dress code, dancing, etc. Rafe is the carefree, rule breaking, Khatchadorain while Georgia is the serious, rule keeping Khatchadorian. Both are opinionated, smart and good with words. Read this book to enjoy and actively participate in the lively debate between Rafe and Georgia and to try the dozens of incredibly fun activities scattered all over the book.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It is a GREAT interactive/activity book. Readers are kept busy with all sorts of activities like drawing cartoons and comic strips, cutting out bookmarks, writing stories, going through mazes, doing crosswords puzzles, etc. They also participate in the debate between Rafe and Georgia by writing their own points of view in spaces provided in the book! Kids, boys and girls alike, will love this book. Perfect for keeping them busy for hours on end.

Another major highlight: It tackled a few important issues. One of them was Bullying. The section on bullying was quite informative especially the bit on word bullying, one of the prevalent problems faced by children in schools today.

It’s a great book for reluctant readers.

DOWN: This is not exactly a chapter book (which is ideal for children this age). It’s more like an activity book or a magazine.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Types of Bullies? Word bullies and cyber bullies.
  2. A country named after a vegetable? Brussels (from Brussel sprouts!) Newsflash, the vegetable was actually named after the country.
  3. Georgia’s reaction when Rafe tricked her into dyeing her hair green? She decided to put purple dye in his body wash to turn his skin purple! (Luckily for him, she changed her mind)
  4. When does Rafe think jeans (trousers) become perfect? When you’ve worn them for 100 days without washing them, climbed at least five trees in them and worn a hole in the knee.
  5. Rafe thinks fairy tales are for babies, Georgia thinks they’re great. What do you think?

Read a preview here: https://issuu.com/jamespatterson/docs/ms_ultimate_showdown_preview_pdf?e=1711515/7128636

Watch the book trailer here:

 CHALLENGE: Middle School #5: Ultimate Showdown

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a story about bullies. (200 words) (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a 2-paged comic strip on bullying.

 

  1. Write a 300-essay story titled ‘All you need to know about Word Bullies’ (10-12 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a 4-paged comic strip on bullying.

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, December 18th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

OKIOJO’S CHRONICLES: 1897 by Adeniyi Adeniji

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

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Title: The Elves and the Shoe Maker

Author: The Brothers Grimm

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic; Fairytale

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-elves-and-the-shoemaker-young-reading-series-1/; https://www.amazon.com/Elves-Shoemaker-Young-Reading-One/dp/0746063032; free download here: http://teacher.depaul.edu/Documents/TheElvesandtheShoemakerFiction6thGrade.pdf

Price: N690; $4.00

MY SUMMARY

A hardworking but poor shoe maker cut the leather for a pair of shoes one night, and placed them on his work top. I will make the shoes tomorrow he thought and he went to bed. Imagine his shock when he woke up the next morning, to find, in place of pieces of leather, a perfectly made pair of shoes lying on his worktable. He sold the shoes and made a tidy sum so he bought more leather, cut some and laid them on his work top. The same thing happened to him that night and the night after that and many nights after that. So one night, the shoe maker decided to stay awake and hide in a corner of his house to discover the mysterious midnight shoemaker. Read the book to find out what the shoemaker discovered.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It’s a Christmas classic. Perhaps the most important highlight: It’s a Christmas book that captures the spirit of Christmas. It shows the joy of giving either through acts of service or giving presents. The elves gave the shoemaker using acts of service (making the shoes for him) and they reciprocated using gifts (they made clothes and a pair of boots each for the elves.)

It also shows that hard work pays.

DOWN: None.

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This story, along with Disney favorites: Snow White, Rapunzel and Cinderella, was written over 200 years ago!
  2. Other words for shoe maker: Boot maker, Cobbler.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Get all you need to act the play here:

http://teacherweb.com/LA/FloridaAvenueElementary/MrsCrim/The-Elves-and-the-Shoemaker-TPT.pdf

  1. Watch a video here:
  1. Free download here:

http://teacher.depaul.edu/Documents/TheElvesandtheShoemakerFiction6thGrade.pdf

CHALLENGE: The Elves and the Shoemaker 

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

Read the story above and answer the questions below:

  1. List the items the shoemaker and his wife made for the elves and find the items in the grid below (4 – 6 year olds)
Z D C Y H N M K O D G J K B X
V G D F T S J T O E G L E N O
G H C G T D R E S S 1 S I A E
H J O H T R W E T O E H N I N
Y U A A E C A P S N G O A K A
I F T H S O L A C R A E W I T
O F S J A V S K E T C S O U S
O C N X D E Q E G E G C G N A
L X S B A N G L E S A K A L F
I N O T R O U S E R S S E A G

 

  1. If the elves made 1 pair of boots the first night, 2 pairs of boots the second night and 4 pairs of boots the third night, how many pairs of boots did they make on the fourth and fifth nights? (7 – 8 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 Wednesday, December 14th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

MAGIC TREEHOUSE SERIES #5: NIGHT OF THE NINJAS by Mary Pope Osborne

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The Mystery of Shelf 12 L Pt 4

Chapter 2

Agbokim Falls

Continued from here

 

This time, the tumble down the tunnel wasn’t so bad. She was still slammed into the walls of the tunnel over and over again but the wind wrapped around her body like a soft cushion, shielding it from the hard walls of the tunnel. Ada squeezed her eyes shut and screamed all the way down. Suddenly, the tunnel threw her up with a giant belch and she landed on her bum smack in the middle of a forest. She opened her eyes slowly. There were giant trees all around her. Some tall and skinny, some tall and fat enough to be a house, some with lush green leaves, some without. All of them seemed to be trying to touch the sky and for the longest time, they all seemed to be dancing as they swam before her eyes. Shaking away the feeling of dizziness, she got up slowly, dusted her clothes and turned around to explore when whoosh! Something heavy rammed into her from behind and she fell flat on her face. Zigi’s square glasses landed next to her right cheek.

“Phew! Sometimes the tunnel ride is even more fun than the sight!”

He felt on the ground, right next to her eye for his glasses, picked them up, put them on and rose. “Here …” he offered her his hand “Get up, we don’t have a lot of time”

Ada spat a blade of wet grass out, ignored his hand and stood. “At least say sorry”.

“For what?” He perched his glasses on his nose.

“You knocked me down! You could have hurt me badly”

“No, the wind knocked me down and I fell on you. So blame the wind”

“Oomph!” Ada stormed off.

 “Careful, there are man-eating vines ahead and scary steps!” he shouted at her back. She kept walking. “There are two bottomless pits too! You can fall to your death!”

Ada stopped instantly. He ran up to her, grabbed her hand and started walking. “Sorry. Can you hear the birds?”

Ada listened and then she heard the distinct harmonious chirping of birds. It sounded like they were whistling one song in unison.

“There are many types of birds here. Bird watchers come here a lot.”

He dragged her through the lush green forest to a narrow path going downhill with wet slippery steps covered with a bed of green leaves and bracketed on both sides by hundreds of green and brown hairy vines.

Ada stopped.

“Come” he tugged at her hand. “We have to hurry. There’s a lot to see and we have to get back to school soon. Hold on to the vines”

He led her carefully but quickly down the path. They had walked for about ten minutes when suddenly the sound of thunder claps filled the air.

Ada stopped and pulled her hands out of his. “What’s that?!”

“Come on! It’s the waterfall, we’re almost there” he grabbed her hand again and continued walking.

But the thunderous sound seemed to be coming closer and closer.

Ada stopped. “I want to go back! I don’t like that sound! It’s scary. I want to go back”

“I thought you wanted to see a waterfall! Some of them are really loud!! This one is one of the loud ones. It’s the sound of the falling water! Don’t worry, it’s just water, Come!”

“No! She turned around and started walking back up the hill.

“I promise. It’s not scary! It just really loud but it’s not scary. And you’ll take a picture to show Iphie and her friends!”

Ada stopped.

“Ada, just imagine the look on Iphie’s face when she sees your picture. But you can’t take the picture if you go back now and without a picture, no one will believe you!”

She turned around.

“Good! We’re almost there” He grabbed her hand and ran so she wouldn’t change her mind.

The sound of the water was almost ear-piercing now. Ada swallowed and started trembling. Maybe I should just go back.

As if Zigi heard her, he stopped. “We’re here. Close your eyes.”

Ada stopped and squeezed her eyes shut immediately. Then she blocked her ears with her hands too. Zigi grabbed her elbow. They took twenty steps and stopped.

“Now, open your eyes”

 

 

to be continued …

see you same time next week …

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