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The Red Transistor Radio

February is Millennium Development Goals Month

Title: The Red Transistor Radio

Author: Fatima Akilu

Publisher: Cassava Republic Press

Number of pages: 32

Type of Book: Fiction; Educational

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/collections/childrens-books/products/the-red-transistor-radio

Price: N1200

MY SUMMARY

Khalida’s mummy had an old red transistor radio that she played ALL the time and Khalida was tired of hearing that radio. Finally, one day, she burst out,

“Mama … Why do you listen to this radio all day? It’s very annoying!”

Her aunty gave her the weirdest answer ever. “… that radio is special … it has made many things happen, including you, Khalida”

Khalida didn’t think much of her aunt’s response until she was given an assignment in school to write a story about something unusual that happened to her.

So Khalida asked her parents how the radio made her. Read the book to find out how the red transistor radio made Khalida and how its story made her famous!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It emphasizes the Millennium Development Goal of improving maternal health. It takes an important and very adult subject and breaks into tiny nuggets, making it easy for young readers to digest. It also does this in the most peculiar yet fun way, using the story of a radio. Young readers learn how to prevent maternal mortality and improve maternal health by making sure pregnant women frequent antenatal clinics, eat balanced diets and have their babies in hospitals.

DOWN: None.

RATING

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

TRIVIA

  1. The subject of this story is the Millennium Development Goal of improving maternal health.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read an excerpt here: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0103/7312/files/Excerpt_for_websitePages_from_Red_Transistor_01-32_tp.pdf?3624
  2. Learn more about the 7th Millennium Development Goal here: https://www.unicef.org/mdg/files/childfriendlymdgs_edited.pdf

 CHALLENGE: The Red Transistor Radio

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

Read the story above and answer the questions below:

  1. Draw a girl in a Fulani outfit (4 – 6 year olds)
  1. List the Millennium Development Goals? (7 – 8 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a picture showing 3 things pregnant women can do to prevent maternal mortality. (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 Thursday, February 16th 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

NGOZI COMES TO TOWN by Fatima Akilu

 

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Aliyyah Learns a New Dance

February is Millennium Development Goals Month

 

Aliyyah learns a new dance

 Title: Aliyyah Learns a New Dance

Author: Fatima Akilu

Publisher: Cassava Republic Press

Number of pages: 32

Type of Book: Fiction; Educational

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/products/aliyyah-learns-a-new-dance

Price: N1200

MY SUMMARY

Aliyyah loved dancing and she was very good at it too. One day, she was chosen to represent Nigeria at an African dance competition in Tanzania. At the competition, she met and befriended dancers from different African countries especially Fanta, from Ghana. A month after winning the competition in Tanzania, Aliyyah was invited to represent Nigeria in another dance competition, this time in Sweden. Aliyyah, her family, her school, in fact the whole country were ecstatic. Her brother Ashraf started practicing new dance moves with her, the whole school suggested new dance moves, a national competition was even held to design her costume for the competition.

Shortly afterwards, she travelled to Sweden where she met young dancers from all over the world, Japan, China, India, Serbia. She learnt about their culture, e.g. the Japanese Kimono, the Indian Sari and she learnt new languages too (some words in Hindi and Cantonese).

Read the book to learn whether or not Aliyyah won the competition and all the things she learnt from her new friends. Other books in the MDG series by the same author are Ngozi comes to town and Preye and the sea of Plastic, see review here.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It emphasizes the Millennium Development Goal of developing global partnerships. It shows young readers that the world is a global village and we should learn as much as possible from and about our neighbours.

It also shows them that hard work pays, that anything worth doing is worth doing well and that they should strive for excellence in everything. Aliyyah is seen practicing a few times in the book and winning prizes afterwards. Most importantly, it shows young readers the advantages and the need for forging global partnerships. Aliyyah’s costume for the competition in Sweden was sewn by a tailor in Abeokuta, with a fabric made in a Chinese-owned factory in Calabar. This fabric was made from cotton grown in Nigeria whose seeds were sourced in the United States.

It ends with a beautiful line ‘Who thought I could learn so much through dance?”

DOWN: None.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The subject of this story is the Millennium Development Goal of developing global partnerships.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read an excerpt here: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0103/7312/files/Pages_from_Aliyyah_2011.2.pdf?3813
  2. Jigsaw puzzle here: http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=2ac0249767c7
  3. Learn more about the 7th Millennium Development Goal here: https://www.unicef.org/mdg/files/childfriendlymdgs_edited.pdf

CHALLENGE: Aliyyah Learns a New Dance

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw a girl in a Fulani outfit (4 – 6 year olds)
  1. List the Millennium Development Goals? (7 – 8 year olds)

OR

  1. Name the traditional clothing worn by women in the following countries
    1. India
    2. Japan
    3. China
    4. Scotland

Find them in the crossword puzzle below (7 – 8 year olds)

Z D C Y H N M K D G J B X
V G C H E O N G S A M N O
K S A R I D R E S I S A E
H J O H T D W E O M H I N
I F T H S O L A R O E I T
O F S J A V S K T N S U S
O C N K I L T E E O C N A
L X S B A N G L S A K L F

 

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, February 9th 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

THE RED TRANSISTOR RADIO by Fatima Akilu

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Preye and the Sea of Plastic

 

Title: Preye and the Sea of Plastic

Author: Fatima Akilu

Publisher: Cassava Republic Press

Number of pages: 32

Type of Book: Fiction; Educational

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/products/preye-and-the-sea-of-plastic

Price: N1200

MY SUMMARY

Preye is plagued by the plastic bags strewn all over his neighbourhood; on the playground, in the farms and markets, on the roads, everywhere. One day, he decides to take matters into his own hands and he starts an action group made up of kids! This group storms the District Head’s Office and then the local TV station to get adults to help their cause. Eventually, they make a film/documentary about the harmful effects of the use of plastic bags on the environment. This film makes the kids popular and soon enough, they are giving speeches in different towns and having meetings with the president! Better still, they convince market sellers to use paper bags and raffia baskets in place of plastic bags! Read the book to find out what Preye (maybe) plans to do next!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It shows kids that they can make a difference in the world, irrespective of their age. It shows also the advantages of team work (the kids in the action group had to split into 3 groups of 5 to conduct research, film and conduct interviews for their film (documentary)). Most importantly, it shows young readers the importance of keeping our environment safe and clean for man and animals and that they are just as responsible for it as the adults are!

DOWN: None. Well, I wish it showed kids simple practical ways to keep the environment clean e.g. by putting rubbish in bins instead of dumping them on the road, turning some to compost, etc. For kid friendly tips on saving the environment, read our next book of the week, “Help Your Parents Save the Planet”. Subscribe now and get it in your mail!

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The subject of this story is the Millennium Development Goal of Ensuring Environmental Sustainability.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read an excerpt here: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0103/7312/files/Excerpt_for_website_Pages_from_Preye_2011.pdf?3621
  2. Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals here: https://www.unicef.org/mdg/files/childfriendlymdgs_edited.pdf

 

CHALLENGE: Preye and the Sea of Plastic

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

Read the story above and answer the questions below:

  1. List 3 simple things you can do to keep your environment clean (4 – 6 year olds)
  1. List the Millennium Development Goals? (7 – 8 year olds)

OR

  1. Do something to help your community and write a 100-word essay about it (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 Friday, February 3rd 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

AALIYAH LEARNS A NEW DANCE by Fatima Akilu

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No! Don’t Touch Me There

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Title: No! Don’t Touch Me There

Author: Nomthi Odukoya

Publisher: Grace Springs Africa Publishers

Number of pages: 24

Type of Book: Educational

Age: 0 – 4; 4-8

Buy it here: http://www.konga.com/o-no-don-oat-touch-me-there-oa-1992382http://gracespringsafricapublishers.com/product/dont-touch-me-there/; Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.com/No-Dont-Touch-Me-There-ebook/dp/B01EW28LFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481710611&sr=1-1&keywords=no+don%27t+touch+me+there

Price: N600; N500; $4:99

MY SUMMARY

In this book, Ada and Ade familiarize themselves with parts of their bodies, especially those parts that should be private and should not be touched by other people. They learn about boundaries and what to do when someone tries to cross or crosses those boundaries by trying to touch or touching them inappropriately, especially when this improper behaviour is accompanied by a request for secrecy, gifts or a threat. They learn to shout, “Noooooooooooooooo!!!” in the face of inappropriate behaviour, to protect themselves when their parents cannot.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Sadly, child molestation is a pervasive ill in our society and it thrives because of lack of information, shame and fear. This book tries to protect our little angels by giving them the tools to protect themselves when we can’t. It teaches children from age 1 about the sanctity of the human body. It empowers them to protect themselves by protecting their bodies, calling out any improper behaviour and speaking to a trusted adult immediately in spite of threats, gifts and oaths of secrecy. It shows them what to do when a threat is imminent. It is a treasure for mothers of girls AND boys aged 1 and above.

The title is quite catchy and just perfect!

THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ALL PARENTS AND CHILDREN BELOW 8.

DOWN: Sometimes, molestation involves, making the victim touch or do other inappropriate things to the aggressor. I feel this important aspect wasn’t properly addressed in the book.

RATING

5 Stars

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Teach your toddler how to yell a resounding “Nooooooooo!”
  2. Play a ‘sharing secrets’ game with your older child. The aim: to make them understand that they can tell you ANYTHING.
  3. Play a ‘what I learnt from this book” game.

CHALLENGE: No! Don’t Touch Me There

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the parts of the body highlighting the parts that should be kept private. (4 – 5 year olds)
  2. Write a 100-word essay titled “What I learnt from this book” (6 – 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, January 25th 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

DEAR ZOO by Rod Campbell (0 – 4)

PREYE AND PLASTIC by Fatima Akila (4 -8)

 

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No! Don’t Touch Me There

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Title: No! Don’t Touch Me There

Author: Nomthi Odukoya

Publisher: Grace Springs Africa Publishers

Number of pages: 24

Type of Book: Educational

Age: 0 – 4; 4-8

Buy it here: http://www.konga.com/o-no-don-oat-touch-me-there-oa-1992382; http://gracespringsafricapublishers.com/product/dont-touch-me-there/; Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.com/No-Dont-Touch-Me-There-ebook/dp/B01EW28LFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481710611&sr=1-1&keywords=no+don%27t+touch+me+there

Price: N600; N500; $4:99

MY SUMMARY

In this book, Ada and Ade familiarize themselves with parts of their bodies, especially those parts that should be private and should not be touched by other people. They learn about boundaries and what to do when someone tries to cross or crosses those boundaries by trying to touch or touching them inappropriately, especially when this improper behaviour is accompanied by a request for secrecy, gifts or a threat. They learn to shout, “Noooooooooooooooo!!!” in the face of inappropriate behaviour, to protect themselves when their parents cannot.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Sadly, child molestation is a pervasive ill in our society and it thrives because of lack of information, shame and fear. This book tries to protect our little angels by giving them the tools to protect themselves when we can’t. It teaches children from age 1 about the sanctity of the human body. It empowers them to protect themselves by protecting their bodies, calling out any improper behaviour and speaking to a trusted adult immediately in spite of threats, gifts and oaths of secrecy. It shows them what to do when a threat is imminent. It is a treasure for mothers of girls AND boys aged 1 and above.

The title is quite catchy and just perfect!

THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ALL PARENTS AND CHILDREN BELOW 8.

DOWN: Sometimes, molestation involves, making the victim touch or do other inappropriate things to the aggressor. I feel this important aspect wasn’t properly addressed in the book.

RATING

5 Stars

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Teach your toddler how to yell a resounding “Nooooooooo!”
  2. Play a ‘sharing secrets’ game with your older child. The aim: to make them understand that they can tell you ANYTHING.
  3. Play a ‘what I learnt from this book” game.

CHALLENGE: No! Don’t Touch Me There

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the parts of the body highlighting the parts that should be kept private. (4 – 5 year olds)
  2. Write a 100-word essay titled “What I learnt from this book” (6 – 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, January 25th 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

DEAR ZOO by Rod Campbell (0 – 4)

PREYE AND PLASTIC by Fatima Akila (4 -8)

 

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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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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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