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Where The Wild Things Are

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Title: Where The Wild Things Are

Author: Maurice Sendak

Publisher: Red Fox Books

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Fiction; Fantasy

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: (Instagram) @tams_ink; https://www.amazon.com/Where-Wild-Things-Maurice-Sendak/dp/0064431789/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519811649&sr=1-1&keywords=where+the+wild+things+are

Price: N2650; $6.36

MY SUMMARY

“Wild thing!”, Max’s mother called him one night after he put on a wolf’s costume and a king’s crown and tried to wreak havoc at home with first, a hammer and then, a fork. Sent to his bedroom without dinner, he imagined himself in an exciting new place filled with wild things, with no mothers, no rules and lots of time to play. He was even crowned the King of the wild things! And all seemed well with the world until …

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP:

  1. It’s a classic, first published in 1963.
  2. Oh the places you’ll go … this time, not when you read but when you have an overactive imagination. This book celebrates one of the joys of most childhoods, an active imagination.
  3. Maurice uses vibrant illustrations to turn Max’s bedroom first into a forest and then a forest leading to an ocean and then a whole new world!

DOWN: Monsters! Monsters and more Monsters! Images of huge, yellow-eyed, horned creatures with long sharp teeth and longer sharper claws are splashed generously across the pages of this book. They are stuff childhood nightmares are made of. My almost 4-year-old sat quietly through the reading, no comments, no questions, just silence. We won’t be reading this again, at least not in the near future. Not recommended for night time reading.

RATING

4 Stars

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Watch a video here:

 CHALLENGE: Where the Wild Things Are

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

Watch the video above, then …

  1. List 3 characters in the book (3 – 5 year olds)
  2. List three characters in the book starting with the letter M. Find them in the crossword puzzle below (6 – 8 year olds)
Z D C Y H N M K S G J B X
V N O H G O N R S R M N O
K B A R E D E E E G E A N
H B G M O T H E R L U E N
I W B U S E A K R R E I T
O D S N A B A G N X A M S
O C O K W E T E G I D B A
L M S S A E L P R U P L F

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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, March 2nd 2018.

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ANIKE ELEKO by Sandra Joubeaud

 

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Sleep Well, Siba and Saba

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Title: Sleep well, Siba and Saba

Author: Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl (illustrated by Sandra Van Doorn)

Publisher: Lantana Publishing

Number of pages: 32

Type of Book: Fiction; African

Age3- 8

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Well-Nansubuga-Nagadya-Isdahl/dp/1911373099/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1518566520&sr=8-1 ; https://www.lantanapublishing.com/shop/books/sleep-well-siba-saba/

Price: $12.75; 7.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

In this heart-warming story, Ugandan sisters Siba and Saba lose things (anything you can imagine, slippers, umbrellas, sweaters, sandals, cats!) during the day and find them in their dreams at night! One day, or rather one night, their dreams take an interesting turn … * read the book*

Dream and wake with Siba and Saba to enjoy the sights and sounds of Uganda.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It gives readers a sneak peek into life in Uganda, from the markets and the beaches to the plants and animals, to the rich culture and a little bit of Lugandan (the language). Readers will go on a safari with the sisters, see and learn about the hustle and bustle of city of Kampala, the sandy beaches at Ssese islands, etc.

DOWN: None.

RATING

5 Stars

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Watch a video here:
  2. Read an excerpt here: https://www.lantanapublishing.com/shop/books/sleep-well-siba-saba/

 CHALLENGE: Sleep well, Siba and Saba

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

Study the picture below, then …

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  1. Find Siba and Saba (3 – 5 year olds)
  2. Find three things in the picture in the crossword puzzle below (6 – 8 year olds)
Z D C Y H N M K D G J B X
V N O H G O N D S R M N O
K B A R E D B E E G E A N
H B G R A Y W T D L U E N
I W B U S E A K R R E I T
O D S J A B A G N R I U S
O C N K W E T E G I D B A
L X S S A E L P R U P L F

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Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 3 – 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 23rd 2018.

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak

 

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The Day the Crayons Quit

FEBRUARY IS ‘COLOUR‘ MONTH

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Title: The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt

Publisher: Philomel Books

Number of pages: 40

Type of Book: Fiction

Age: 3 – 8

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Day-Crayons-Quit-Drew-Daywalt/dp/0399255370 ; http://readingcorner.ng/P3052-The-Day-the-Crayons-Quit-C621.asp ; http://www.tamsinkbooks.com.ng/product/the-day-the-crayons-quit/

Price: $12:09; N2,200; N4,000

MY SUMMARY

There is a crisis in Duncan’s crayon box. When he opens it, he finds a stack of letters from his crayons, they’ve quit! Red and Blue are exhausted – from colouring so many hearts and apples, rivers and oceans – and need a break. Purple wants Duncan to colour inside and not outside the lines and Yellow and Orange are quarreling because they both claim to be the true colour of the sun. Read the book to find out how Duncan solves the problems in crayon-land.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It tickled my funny bone, I loved it. If crayons had voices, they would probably say the things that the crayons in Duncan’s box had to say. Guaranteed to make your little artist laugh.

DOWN: None.

RATING

5 Stars

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Watch a read-aloud video here:

 CHALLENGE: The Day the Crayons Quit

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw a picture of a creature with 10 colours (3 – 6 year olds)
  2. Find ten colours in the crossword puzzle below (7 – 8 year olds)
Z D C Y H N M K D G J B X
V N O H G O N D S A M N O
K S A R E D B E I G E A N
H B G R A Y W K B L U E N
I W O L L E Y K R O E I T
O D S J A A G K N R S U S
O C N K L E T E G I D N A
L X S B A E L P R U P L F

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Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 3 – 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 16th 2018.

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SLEEP WELL, SIBA AND SABA by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

 

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

FEBRUARY IS ‘COLOUR’ MONTH

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Title: Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?
Author: Bill Martin Jnr, Eric Carle
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Number of pages: 26
Type of Book: Fiction; Educational
Age: 0 – 4
Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Bear-What-You-See/dp/0805047905 Borrow it here: https://thebookwormcafe.libib.com
Price:$6.19
MY SUMMARY
A teacher uses a peculiar method to teach his class about animals and colors. He makes the animals and kids believe that they are being watched!

‘Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?
I see a red bird looking at me

Red bird, red bird, what do you see?
I see a yellow duck looking at me’

The kids are introduced to 9 (nine) different colors like red, yellow, blue, purple, green etc. as well as 9 (nine) different animals like the gold fish, horse, frog, bear and bird, etc.
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP
: There were many highlights. First off, the pages were filled with bright and colorful pictures of animals. Then, the book featured lots of colours and colours are our theme for our 0 – 4 age group for the month of February! Then, its edutainment quality. It introduces kids to different animals and teaches them to identify sight words as well as similar words! Kids will be able to ‘read along’, after a few reads. Finally, the icing on the cake: the use of rhyme and repetition.
I recommend for all 0 – 4 year-olds. It’s a sturdy book too so it will survive those destructive little fingers.

NB: this book was first published in 1967, 50 years ago!!
DOWN: None
RATING
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK
1 Sing, instead of reading. Better still, make it a call and response song. So sing
‘Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do you see?’
And let your toddler respond with
‘I see a red bird looking at me’
2 Try the exercises below
3 Try making animal sounds
CHALLENGE: Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1 Draw and colour 4 animals. (2 – 4 year olds)
OR
2 Colour the animals in the sheet below

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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 21st 2017.
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THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Eric Carle

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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)

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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.

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AALIYAH LEARNS A NEW DANCE by Fatima Akilu

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Dear Zoo

Title: Dear Zoo (A Lift-the-Flap Book) and Dear Zoo (A Touch and Feel Book)

Author: Rod Campbell

Publisher: Little Simon /Macmillan Children’s Books

Number of pages: 18

Type of Book: Fiction, Educational

Age: 0 – 4

Buy it here: http://readingcorner.ng/P3415-Dear-zoo-touch-and-feel-C665.asp;  https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Zoo-Lift-Flap-Book/dp/141694737X ; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0230757871

Price: N2620; $5.29; £9.98

MY SUMMARY

The book starts with this line:

“I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet and they sent me an …”

The remaining sixteen (16) pages show eight (8) different animals sent to the narrator from the zoo. He rejects the first seven (7) as they wouldn’t make suitable pets and decided to keep the eighth (8th) one, the puppy. The book introduces toddlers to animals, especially animals they would see in regular zoos (or in everyday life) such as the puppy, frog, snake, monkey, etc. There are two versions of this book, a Lift-the-Flap version and a Touch-and-Feel version.

In the Lift-the-Flap Book, the animals come half-hidden in wooden crates and young readers would have fun guessing what animals lie hidden in the crates.

In the Touch-and-Feel Book, the animals aren’t hidden, but they have body parts with different textures that toddlers can touch and feel.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Your little one will learn about eight (8) animals and some of their features. She will touch the frog’s sticky icky feet and the giraffe’s long, hairy neck and put her finger in the lion’s mouth!

Both books are interactive and have their strengths, ultimately, they will bring knowledge and laughter to young readers. Did you know, this book was first published in 1982? Yes! 35 years ago! It is loved by toddlers all over the world and has sold over 5 million copies.

It’s a must have for toddlers and their moms (and dads, aunties, uncles, grandparents). My 2.75 year old loves it to pieces!! He loves lifting the flaps and making the animal sounds

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Learn more exciting things about the animals such as the sounds they make, food they eat, etc. Make the animal sounds while reading the book.
  2. Play a guessing game. Before lifting the flap, ask your toddler to guess what animal lies hidden in the crate.
  3. Better still, visit Dear Zoo and friends here for more FUN !!!
  4. Visit a real zoo after reading the book.

CHALLENGE: Dear Zoo 

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour 5 animals in the book. (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 and a free ticket to LUFASI Nature Park, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on February, 1st 2017.

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PRESS HERE by Hervé Tullet

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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.

 

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THE STORY OF ISLAM by Rob Lloyd Jones

 

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