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Tales From the Arabian Nights

imageTitle: Tales from The Arabian Nights
Author: Andrew Lang
Publisher: Award Publications
Number of pages: 304
Type of Book: Fiction; Classic
Age: 8+
Available here: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Arabian-Nights-Essential-Classics/dp/184135838X
Price: $13.57
MY SUMMARY
Set in ancient Arabian lands between Persia and China, this book tells the story of Scheherazade, the wife of the rich and powerful Sultan Schahriar. The Sultan loved his first wife to pieces. Sadly, she betrayed him, so he killed her and developed a hatred for all women. Vengeful,, he married a new bride every evening and killed her the following morning. His once loyal subjects hated and cursed him because they lost daughters to him daily. Then one day, a young lady, Scheherazade decided to marry the Sultan against her family’s wishes. She told him stories for a thousand and one nights to avoid being killed by him.
Scheherazade was portrayed as a master story teller as she wove fantastic magical tales of enchanted lands, genies, fantastic beasts, life changing adventures and dazzling jewels. She was able to keep him so interested in her stories that he kept postponing her death to be able to hear the end of each story. Some of the stories she told were age-old classics like The Seven Voyages of Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Read a review of this book here ) and Disney favorite, Aladdin and the Magical Lamp.
Read the book to find out what happened when Scheherazade ran out of stories.
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP: It is literally a book of stories. It is filled with fun and magical stories for children and adults, some with a moral or two. It also gives readers a sneak peak into life in ancient Arabia.

DOWN: None

RATING
4 stars
TRIVIA
1 Why did Sultan Schahriar kill his wives the day after the wedding?: He believed all women were deceitful like his first wife and he wanted the world to be rid of them.
2 Who was Scheherazade: The first daughter of the Sultan’s Grand Vizir
3 Some of the stories told by Scheherazade: Blind Baba Abdalla, Ali Baba and the Forty thieves, the Seven Voyages of Sinbad
4 What happened after One thousand and one nights: Read the book to find out

CHALLENGE: Tales from The Arabian Nights
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Write a 400 word story within a story set in ancient Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba land (8 – 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, February 19th 2017.
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The No. 1 Car Spotter

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Title:  The No. 1 Car Spotter

Author: Atinuke

Publisher: Walker Books      

Number of pages: 111         

Type of Book: Fiction

Age: 8+

Available here:

 Price: N1200; GBP 5.99

MY SUMMARY (without the ending):

This book, the first in a series introduces the bubbly and cheerful Oluwalase Babatunde Benson as No 1. No. 1 lives in a village where car spotting, a game involving spotting cars sometimes just by hearing the sound of the engine, is a major hobby for the men. He’s the Number 1 car spotter in his village, maybe in the world!

This book contains four ‘complete’ stories in which No 1 saves the day by providing an innovative solution to the problem of the village market cart, goes to the market with the village, buys ‘lipstick’ for Aunty Fine-Fine, runs the risk of losing his hard-earned nickname and helps to save his grandma and improve village life.

The No. 1 Car Spotter series details that fun and frolics of a young boy in a village in an African country (which isn’t mentioned).

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Reading this book is easy-peasy and the illustrations scattered all over make it even more fun!

DOWN: None

RATING

4 stars

TRIVIA

  1. The name of the car manufactured by No. 1 and Wale and his crew: The Toyota Cow-rolla. 
  2. Car spotting is a hobby for the _____________ in No. 1’s village: Men
  3. What did Aunty Fine-Fine send No. 1 to buy from the shop with many small-small bottles and containers and many girls: Lipstick
  4. What did No. 1 buy instead: Nail Polish 
  5. As far as No. 1 is concerned, without __________, there is no such thing as good food. Palm Oil
  6. The 10 pink Porsche convertibles that stirred up dust when No.1 and Coca Cola were returning to the village from the market: Aunty Fine-Fine’s toenails painted with bright hibiscus pink nail polish.

WATCH THE AUTHOR READ FROM THE BOOK HERE:  

CHALLENGE: The No. 1 Car Spotter 

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Are you a car spotter? Can you list 26 types of cars using the 26 letters of the alphabet?

(e.g A-Aston Martin, B-Bentley, C-Cadillac (these examples cannot be submitted as answers) ( 8 – 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, January 12th 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS by Andrew Lang

 

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The Story of Islam

Title: The Story of Islam

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones

Publisher: Usborne Publishing (Young Reading Series 3)

Number of pages: 61

Type of Book: Non-Fiction; History; Educational

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product-tag/young-reading-series-3/page/6/?orderby=date; https://www.amazon.com/Story-Islam-Usborne-Young-Reading/dp/0794518656

Price: N690; $5.86

MY SUMMARY

The story of Islam began with an ordinary man, an Arabian called Muhammad. In year 610, on a mountain close to Mecca, Muhammad sat alone in a cave when, out of nowhere, a voice spoke to him. The voice told him he was a messenger of God, an angel. Through that angel and some visions, he received revelations directing him to start a new religion, Islam. Muhammad spread the doctrines of this religion by word of mouth and with the use of animal skins but it wasn’t well received by Meccans. Muslims were persecuted for about 20 years until they took over Mecca after a war in year 630. Muhammad died two years later in year 632 but that was only the beginning of the religion. Over the next ten centuries, Muhammad’s Muslim army grew under the care of several successors (caliphs) and conquered several nations around Arabia, Christian and pagan alike, converting many to Islam. However, there was trouble in paradise. The Muslims had split into two groups, the Sunni Muslims and the Shi’ites.

Read this book to learn about these groups, the Abbasids, a group of Shi’ite Muslims who brought a period of great wealth, knowledge of the arts and sciences and culture to the world and the magnificent city of Baghdad; the Ottomans, arguably the greatest Muslims that ever lived; the Taj Mahal, the resting place of the Mughal empress, Shah Jahan, and the Crusades, the centuries-long war between Christians and Muslims over the holy city of Jerusalem.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book gives a brief but information-packed history of Islam with pictures, maps and illustrations and the most vivid words, I have read in a book in a very long time.  I have read it twice already. It’s a little slice of world history. I recommend for parents and children alike especially for lovers of history.

DOWN: None.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Islam: Submission to God’s will; Muslims: those who submit to God’s will
  2. The Five Pillars of Islam: Shahadah: a declaration that there is only one true God, Allah and Muhammad is his messenger; 2. Salah: prayers said 5 times a day facing in the direction of Mecca; 3. Charity, giving Zakah – a percentage of savings- to the poor; 4. Fasting (Sawm) in the month of Ramadan and 5. Hajj: a pilgrimage to Mecca
  3. صلى الله عليه وسلم (salla alllah ealayh wasallam) is said every time the Prophet Muhammad’s name is mentioned. It means ‘Peace be upon him’.
  4. Muhammad was buried in a tomb which was placed in: The Mosque of the Prophet, in Medina, ‘The City of the Prophet’.
  5. Some achievements of the Golden Age of Islam: Literature: One thousand and one nights (Tales from Arabian nights) one of the best collections of stories and poems from the Arabian empire (read a review of one of the stories, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves here); Baghdad, the most spectacular city in the world at the time, the House of Wisdom, an enormous library filled with books from which many of their ideas were birthed, Astrolabes and Magnetic compasses: helped people travel the world and used later by Europeans to discover America!

VIEW SAMPLE PAGES HERE: https://usborne.com/browse-books/catalogue/product/1/2338/the-story-of-islam/#&gid=1&pid=1

CHALLENGE: The Story of Islam

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 300-word essay on the story of Islam in Nigeria. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a picture using only the details in the first four lines of the last sample page. See the link above for sample pages

 

  1. Write a 500-word essay on the story of Christianity (10-12 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a picture using only the details in the first four lines of the last sample page. See the link above for sample pages

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, February 5th 2017. 

Next Book of the Week:

THE LAST DAYS AT FORCADOS HIGH SCHOOL by A. H. Mohammed

 

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Top Three Libraries for Kids (plus 1)

*in no particular order

  1. LIAM AND NÖEL BOOKCLUB

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ADDRESS:  1a Victoria Arobieke Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos and Suite 1, 91 & 106 Ikota Shopping Complex, V.G.C. Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 07066260892; 0816145247; 08109618502

EMAIL: info@liam&noel.com

WEBSITE: None

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION: 3 months: N15000; 6 months: N30,000; 1year: N60,000

OPENING HOURS: MON – SAT: 9:30am to 6pm

OUR REVIEW: They have tons of books, especially fiction, for kids 0 – 12. The library is quiet, cool and cosy, just perfect for reading!

  1. ZACCHEUS ONUMBA DIBIAEZUE MEMORIAL LIBRARIES (ZODML) 

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ADDRESS: 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 0908 631 4898

EMAIL: info@zodml.org

WEBSITE: http://www.zodml.org/kids

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION: It’s freeeee!! Weeeee!!

OPENING HOURS: MON – FR1: 9:00am to 6pm; SAT: 9am to 2 pm

OUR REVIEW: We love this library because it has quite an extensive booklist for kids of all ages. But best of all, it’s free. So all kids from all schools and all walks of life can use this library!!

  1. THE BOOKWORM CAFÉ (JUST FOR KIDS)

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ADDRESS: No physical address

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08023388640

EMAIL: info@thebookwormcafe.com

WEBSITE: http://thebookwormcafe.com

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION: Monthly: N5000

OPENING HOURS: 24 hours. It’s an online library

OUR REVIEW: It’s an online library! So if you live in Lagos, this means you can borrow books without leaving your house with three simple steps. 1. Go to the Bookshelf Page on the website 2. Decide on a couple of books to read 3. Send an email to the address above and they’ll deliver the books to you!! (for a N500 fee) They have great picture books and board books for babies and toddlers, basically kids age 0 – 4 (including international bestsellers). Better still, they have books for sale too!

And …. Finally,

Plus 1.  L’INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DU NIGERIA (CHILDREN’S CORNER)

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ADDRESS: 52 Libreville Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, beside Mr. Biggs, Wuse 2, Abuja.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 0805 947 8456; 0806 945 4020

EMAIL: contact@institutfr-nigeria.org

WEBSITE: http://www.institutfrancais-nigeria.com/category/abuja/library/children-corner/

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION: Monthly: N3000 for students, N5,000 for the general public

OPENING HOURS: MON – SAT: 9:30am to 6pm

OUR REVIEW: Our go-to store for French books for kids! They have a wide range of fiction, non-fiction books, comics and magazines for kids in French! They have French language learning books too!

Do you know any libraries that should make this list? Email us at ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

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Black Beauty

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Title: Black Beauty

Author: Anna Sewell

Publisher: Award Publications

Number of pages: 240

Type of Book: Classic

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/literature/223-black-beauty-by-anna-sewell.html ; https://www.amazon.com/Black-Beauty-Award-Essential-Classics/dp/1841358444

Price: N1500; $15

MY SUMMARY

This book is an autobiography of a vivacious and kind horse, Black Beauty. Told in his voice, it chronicles the joys, pains and highs and lows of his life as he is passed from one owner to the other over the course of fourteen years. His young life as a colt is described as happy and carefree whilst adult life brings with it cruel owners, an accident which scars his knees and makes him lose his status as a fashionable horse for carriages, ushering in the the hard life of pulling cabs and cab drivers and the death of a friend. Black Beauty finally finds a wonderful home in which to live out his days and where he regains the happiness and vigour of his youth as well as his first name! Read the book to see the world through the eyes of a horse!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It gives the reader a sneak peek into life in England in the 19th century and also shows readers the world through an animal’s eyes. But most importantly, it makes readers aware of cruelties animals endure from humans.

DOWN: None.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The story is set in 19th century England and was first published in 1877.
  2. Checkrein: A rein used to keep a horse’s head in the position desired by the rider. In the 19th century, it was quite fashionable to use checkreins to hold horse heads up high. This was incredibly painful for the horses and sometimes caused trauma to their neck, back and spine.
  3. Some of the names Black Beauty was called by his numerous owners: Black Auster, Jack, Old Crony.
  4. Beauty’s special features? A shiny white star on her forehead, a single white hoof, an incredibly bright black coat and a small patch of white hair on his back.
  5. Black Beauty’s favourite pastimes at Birtwick: Running, lying down, nibbling the grass and standing and talking with his friends under the apple tree.
  6. Beauty’s animal friends: Merrylegs, Ginger, Sir Oliver, Captain.

CHALLENGE: Black Beauty

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 300-word essay on animal cruelty in Nigeria. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Get down on all fours and pretend to be a dog for 10 minutes. Write a 200-word story about the things around you. Use all your senses.

OR

  1. Draw Black Beauty using only these details:

“My coat had grown fine and soft, and was bright black. I had one white foot and a pretty white star on my forehead. A patch of white hair sparkled right in the middle of my back

culled from Black Beauty by Bendon Classics

 

  1. Write a 600-word essay on animal cruelty in Nigeria (10-12 year olds)

OR

  1. Get down on all fours and pretend to be a cat for 10 minutes. Write a 400-word story about the things around you. Use all your senses.

OR

  1. Draw Black Beauty using only these details:

“My coat had grown fine and soft, and was bright black. I had one white foot and a pretty white star on my forehead. A patch of white hair sparkled right in the middle of my back

culled from Black Beauty by Bendon Classics

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, January 29th 2017.

 

Next Book of the Week:

THE STORY OF ISLAM by Rob Lloyd Jones

 

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Okiojo’s Chronicles: 1897

Title: Okiojo’s Chronicles: 1897

Author: Adeniyi Adeniji

Art: Sunkanmi Akinboye

Publisher: Panaramic Comics

Number of pages: 21

Type of Book: Creative Non-Fiction, History

Age: 8+

Buy it here http://www.okadabooks.com/book/about/okiojos_chronicles__vol2__1897_the_benin_kingdom/10788; TerraKulture: Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos; https://www.amazon.com/Okiojos-Chronicles-1897-Benin-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B01FSPZ7PY; read it online here: http://guardian.ng/opinion/okiojos-chronicles-the-benin-kingdom-1/

Price: N200; N200; $1:99

MY SUMMARY

Okiojo’s Chronicles is a comic series featuring stories rich in Nigerian history and culture and told by a wise and all-knowing old man called Okiojo. 1897, one of the comics in this series tells the story of the ancient Benin Kingdom, a kingdom rich in culture, wealth and people that thrived for over six centuries. In the 19th century, this kingdom was strong enough to stay independent of the British rule until a fateful day in February 1897. In what became known as the Benin Massacre, a thoughtless British soldier heading a group of over 200 people entered the kingdom without authorization from the British and the Oba and all but 2 men were killed by Benin warriors. The Benin Massacre maddened the British and in retaliation, they sent over 1200 soldiers to the Kingdom, capturing and killing its men, women and children and looting its treasures (thousands of artworks and artefacts), thereby bringing an end to one of the oldest and most advanced civilizations in West Africa at the time.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: One word: History! A wise man or woman once said that you can’t know where your going if you don’t know where you’ve come from.

DOWN: None or maybe one: I wish it were a book with a longer story, basically, more information.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The story is set in the ancient Kingdom of Benin
  2. The ancient Benin Kingdom was wiped out, burned and looted and the Oba Ovonranwen sacked in February 1897.
  3. In 1897, the ancient Benin Kingdom had been in existence for over six centuries.
  4. The Benin Massacre? The killing, by Benin warriors, of a group consisting of over 200 people led by the British Lt. James Philip. The British retaliated by wiping out the entire Benin Kingdom.
  5. ‘Ma rie okuo!! Okuo!’ literally ‘We are at war! War!’ The Benin warriors roared this line on the battlefield.
  6. The treasures take from Benin Kingdom and sold all over the world: over 900 bronze statues (including the ancient ivory and bronze Queen Idia mask*) and over 2000 religious artifacts.

Visit Okiojo the all-knowing and all wise here: http://www.panaramiconline.com/comics

CHALLENGE: Okiojo’s Chronicles: 1897

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 500-word essay on the Benin Kingdom before 1897. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a 5-paged comic strip on the Benin Kingdom before 1897.

 

  1. Write a 900-word essay on the Benin Kingdom before 1897 (10 -12 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a 5-paged comic strip on the Benin Kingdom before 1897

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, January 22nd 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

BLACK BEAUTY by Anna Sewell

*This mask is currently on display at the British Museum

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News/Events January 16th Week PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge

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

Happy New Year!!!!

Hope you had a great holiday! I did!

  1. We’re back! 

So, the holiday is over (yay!) and we’re up and running again! And this year, we’ll be bigger and better! Please visit our Blog schedule page here to get reacquainted with our basic plan for the year.

  1. The PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge

It’s the first month of the year! The month of making resolutions. So let’s put one more resolution up on that list: Participate in the PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge. 

It’s pretty simple, pick a reading plan below, draw up a reading list and start reading!!

(Let us know how you’re faring for a chance to win the PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge Prize and get a PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge Certificate at the end of the Year!!*)

Reading Plan

Good Bookworm: This plan is trés simple. One book One month. 12 books/year.

Super Bookworm: This plan is for avid readers. Two Books One month. 24 books/year.

Super Duper Bookworm: This plan requires A LOT of commitment. Four Books One Month. 48 books/year.

Reading List

Not sure what to read, simple look at our review list for different age groups: 8-12 years; 4-8 years;  0-4 years.

OR

We can help you create a personalized reading list based on your/your child’s age and interests. Simply send an email to us with the subject: Reading List/ 2017 Reading Challenge.

#PSBWReadingChallenge2017! Let’s get cracking!

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