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Press Here

FEBRUARY IS ‘COLOUR‘ MONTH

Title: Press Here

Author: Hervé Tullet

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Number of pages: 56

Type of Book: Activity; Interactive; Educational

Age: 0 – 4

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Press-Here-Herve-Tullet/dp/0811879542/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RAZS2H4WXVAAHT34M159

Price:  $9.09

MY SUMMARY

This book takes young readers on a magical, colourful journey beginning with two words, ‘Press here’. It starts with a yellow dot which magically multiples with each, ‘press’ (really a rub) of the reader’s tiny fingers. The book enthralls the 1 – 4-year-old reader with commands to ‘press’ it, shake it, rub it, blow it, tilt it and watch the coloured dots change colour, multiply, fly and dance all over the pages. Guaranteed to keep your toddler entertained for ages.

Warning: You may read it over and over and over and over again in one sitting! Be prepared.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It features the primary colours and colours are our theme for our 0 – 4 age group for the month of February! It helps kids build fine motor skills and introduces them to the concept of ‘action’ and ‘reaction’. Author, Hervé Tullet, is an artist so he knows how to literally and figuratively ‘play’ with colours! This is why this award-winning New York Times Bestseller is such a favourite with little children. Other titles by the same author, ‘Mix it Up’, ‘Let’s play’. I recommend for all 0 – 4-year-olds. It’s a sturdy book too so it will survive those little fingers.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Make your own Press Here mini book (plus other activities) here: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/presshere/images/PressHereActivitySheets.pdf
  2. Watch the book trailer here: https://www.amazon.com/Press-Here-Herve-Tullet/dp/0811879542/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RAZS2H4WXVAAHT34M159

CHALLENGE: Press Here 

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour 5 shapes using 5 different colours (2 – 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 Tuesday February 7th 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

PRINCESS ARABELLA MIXES COLOURS by Mylo Freeman

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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 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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Peter Pan

 

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Title: Peter Pan

Author: J. M. Barrie

Publisher: Bendon Classics/Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 176/208

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: ; https://www.amazon.com/Peter-Pan-Scribner-Illustrated-Classic/dp/0689830785/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481017791&sr=1-5&keywords=peter+pan&refinements=p_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A2579001011 free download here (unabridged version for older readers): https://cdn.preterhuman.net/texts/literature/books_in_PDF/1904%20Peter%20Pan.pdf

Price: $6:94

MY SUMMARY

This abridged version shows the most important bits and quotes from the original story of Peter Pan, a little boy who refused to grow up. Peter Pan leads the three Darling children, Wendy, Michael and John on the adventure of a life time. They fly off through the bedroom window in their London home to the magical land of Neverland where they meet pirates, mermaids, fairies, Indians and other creatures. Read the book to enjoy the sights and sounds of Neverland and to meet the Darling children and their new friends, Peter Pan, the lost boys, Tinkerbell and Tiger Lily.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: A perfect adventure story for boys and girls! The major highlight was Tinkerbell. I laughed at her mischief and jealousy and rudeness but most importantly, every time she misbehaved, she was called out on it, showing children that bad behaviour should not be accepted. Other highlights were the tick-tocking crocodile, human shadows made of cloth, nightlights that yawn and sleep.

This book is for children who believe in a bit of magic! (Not the Nigerian juju, kind, but the kind that makes them feel like the world is a beautiful happy place, that nothing terrible can happen to them, that everyone gets a happily ever after and that they are invincible!)

And really, every child needs a bit of magic!

DOWN: As with most classics, the unabridged version might be a bit too much for children.

RATING

5 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. Who was the Nana, the nanny? A dog living with the Darlings and charged with taking care of the Darling children.
  2. The beautiful and brave warrior princess of the Indians? Tiger Lily.
  3. Who were the lost boys? They were a group of six boys who became citizens of Neverland because they had fallen out of their baby carriages and were not claimed by their parents.
  4. Captain Hook had a funny relationship with this gigantic animal? The tick-tocking crocodile. It ate Captain Hook’s arm, thought it tasted really good and followed him around to try to eat the rest of him.
  5. How did the beings on the island get the time? They stayed close to the tick-tocking crocodile till the clock struck the hour!

Learn more about Peter Pan here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Pan

CHALLENGE: Peter Pan

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a story within a story. (600 words) (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a picture of the pirates using only these details:

“A more mean looking gang never existed. Here is Cecco with his great strong arms. Now comes Bill Jukes who wears one hundred tattoos. Cookson, Gentleman Starkey and Skylights come next, singing and growling into the darkness. The Irish boatswain Smee and the laughing Alf Mason are sharing a pipe and looking behind every tree for the lost boys. Let us not forget Noodler whose hands were fixed on backward and who is as mean as any of the band. In the middle of them the blackest and largest of the group, is James Hook. He was seated in a chariot drawn by his men. Instead of a right hand he had the iron hook. In person, he was ghostly white, and an evil air hung about him like a mist. His hair was dressed in long thick curls, which at a distance looked like black snakes that wriggled around his handsome face. His eyes were a dancing blue and had a certain sadness – except when he was plunging his hook into; and then, two red spots appeared in his eyes that lit them up horribly.”

Culled from the Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, adapted by Wendi Lowery, pg. 71.

  1. Write an 800-word story titled ‘The Adventures of Eki in the Benin Forest’ (10-12 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a picture of the pirates using only these details:

“A more mean looking gang never existed. Here is Cecco with his great strong arms. Now comes Bill Jukes who wears one hundred tattoos. Cookson, Gentleman Starkey and Skylights come next, singing and growling into the darkness. The Irish boatswain Smee and the laughing Alf Mason are sharing a pipe and looking behind every tree for the lost boys. Let us not forget Noodler whose hands were fixed on backward and who is as mean as any of the band. In the middle of them the blackest and largest of the group, is James Hook. He was seated in a chariot drawn by his men. Instead of a right hand he had the iron hook. In person, he was ghostly white, and an evil air hung about him like a mist. His hair was dressed in long thick curls, which at a distance looked like black snakes that wriggled around his handsome face. His eyes were a dancing blue and had a certain sadness – except when he was plunging his hook into; and then, two red spots appeared in his eyes that lit them up horribly.”

Culled from the Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, adapted by Wendi Lowery, pg. 71.

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 11th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

MIDDLE SCHOOL: ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN by James Patterson

 

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Our Summer Reading Club at OLMQP, Lagos

Pictures from our summer reading club at OLMQP, Ajah, Lagos.

we read short stories, books, poems, bible passages.

we made reading diaries and bookmarks.

we had fun word puzzles

we created our own stories

we had 4 weeks of ‘reading’ fun

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Our Bookmarks

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Our Reading Diaries

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum

Publisher: Usborne

Number of pages: 80;182

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-wizard-of-oz-young-reading-series-2/ ;

http://www.amazon.com/The-Wonderful-Wizard-of-Oz/dp/1403710090/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458186667&sr=8-1&keywords=wizard+of+oz+book+bendon; free download here: http://www.huzheng.org/bookstore/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz.pdf

Price: N580; $7.99

MY SUMMARY

Dorothy lived an ordinary life with her aunt and uncle in a small cottage in the Texas prairie until the cyclone came. It whisked Dorothy and the cottage away to a world so far and different from Kansas. A world filled with all sorts of creatures; witches, wizards, little human beings, talking animals, sleep-inducing flowers, wish-granting Golden caps etc. Only Oz, the Great and Powerful wizard can help Dorothy find her way home. Join Dorothy as she makes new friends and enemies and overcomes the perils along the Yellow Brick Road as she journeys to the Emerald City in search of the wonderful wizard of Oz.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Adventure!!

I watched the movie before I read the book. Somehow that made me love it even more. Some major highlights were the Queen of the Field Mice, the Hammerheads, the Winkies, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Golden Cap and of course, the wizard himself, Oz, the Great and Powerful!

NB: in the movie, Dorothy had ruby red shoes but in the book, her shoes were silver.

DOWN:  None.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. How did Dorothy and her friends find the Emerald City? They followed the Yellow Brick Road.
  2. These three accompanied Dorothy on her journey to the Emerald City to see the Wizard of Oz? The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion
  3. What did Dorothy and her friends want from Oz? Dorothy wanted him to send her back to Kansas, the Scarecrow wanted brains, the Tin Woodman wanted a heart and the cowardly Lion wanted courage.
  4. How many times did the Wicked Witch of the West try to kill Dorothy and her friends? Three times.
  5. How did Oz appear to Dorothy and her friends? To Dorothy: An enormous head (bigger than the head of any giant) without a body, hands or legs. To the Scarecrow: A lovely lady with flowing green hair, beautiful wings, a dress made of green gauze and a crown of jewels. To the Tin Woodman: A terrible beast, bigger than an elephant with the head of rhinoceros, five eyes, five long arms and five long legs. To the cowardly Lion: A great Ball of Fire.
  6. What did Oz ask for in return? He asked Dorothy and her friends to kill the scariest witch of all time, the Wicked Witch of the West!

Read the book here: http://www.huzheng.org/bookstore/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz.pdf

Watch a clip from the movie here:

CHALLENGE: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Imagine waking up in a different world, then write a short 600-word story describing the world.

OR

  1. Draw a picture of the Emerald City using the details below:

“The streets were lined with beautiful houses all built of green marble and studded everywhere with sparkling emeralds. They walked over a pavement of the same green marble, and where the blocks were joined together were rows of emeralds, set closely, and glittering in the brightness of the sun. The window panes were of green glass; even the sky above the City had a green tint, and the rays of the sun were green.

There were many people, men, women, and children, walking about, and these were all dressed in green clothes and had greenish skins.”

OR

  1. Write a 600-word short story with any of the following themes: Courage OR Friendship

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, March 20th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl