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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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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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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic, Play

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/a-midsummer-nights-dream-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midsummer-Nights-Dream-Usborne-readers/dp/0746063334/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464543391&sr=1-2&keywords=a+midsummer+nights+dream+usborne;  Free Download here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html

Price: N580; 4.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

This play has four interconnecting plots/stories.

  1. The Duke of Athens, Theseus is about to marry the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta whom he has just conquered in battle. He orders four days of festivities to celebrate his impending marriage.
  2. Hermia, daughter of Egeus, an Athenian, refuses to marry Demetrius (against her father’s wishes) because she loves Lysander. Egeus asks the Duke to sentence her to death, based on an ancient Athenian law that requires a daughter to marry a suitor approved by her father or face death. Meanwhile, Helena, Hermia’s friend loves Demetrius. So basically, Helena loves Demetrius who loves Hermia who loves Lysander (Yes, Shakespeare has a thing for love triangles, rectangles and all)
  3. Oberon, the King of Fairies wants to take his wife Titania’s ward as a page but Titania refuses. Angry, he puts a magic potion (juice from a flower) on her eyes to make her fall in love with the first creature she sees when she wakes up. His plan: watch her fall in love with an animal in the forest and then shame her into giving him the young boy.
  4. A group of actors, the Mechanicals, is contracted to perform a play during the Duke’s wedding however, they do not know the first thing about acting so they retire to the forest to practice.

The play is set in the enchanted forest. After the Duke Theseus rules that Hermia must marry Demetrius, face death or become a nun, she decides to elope with Lysander and they find their way to the enchanted forest. Helena learns of this plan and tells Demetrius who gives chase. Helena in turn runs after Demetrius. Oberon spies Helena running after Demetrius and feeling pity for her decides to give Demetrius the magic juice from the flower to make him fall in love with Helena. He enlists the help of Puck a mischievous fairy who mistakenly puts the juice on Lysander’s eyes. Lysander wakes up to see Helena and promptly falls in love with her. An enraged Oberon attempts to correct Puck’s mistake, so the juice is administered on Demetrius who also falls in love with Helena. Of course chaos erupts as suddenly both men who entered the forest loving Hermia now love Helena. Meanwhile, the same mischievous Puck, turns the head of one of the Mechanicals, Bottom, into a donkey’s head causing his fellow actors to abandon him. Queen Titania, wakes up after the juice has been spread over her eyes and falls in love with Bottom. J

Read the story to find out how all fours stories/plots were resolved.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! Puck, the mischievous, was the major highlight. He made this book fun and made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Watch out especially for the part where Queen Titania wakes up and starts professing undying love to Bottom, the donkey-headed man! I loved this story a lot as a child (even though it took a while for me to GET it!) This book however, is much better than the one I read as a child. It is easy to read and not as long.

DOWN: It may be a tad confusing for 4-6 year olds because of the interconnecting plots plus the fact that the play seems to be riddled with characters.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here (the original version): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html
  2. Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

CHALLENGE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  • This little person caused a lot of trouble in this story?
  • Is there a play-within-a play in this story?
  • Who is Oberon?

OR

2. Draw and colour a man with a donkey’s head (4-5 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, June 2nd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

MY NIGERIA: People, Places and Culture by Constance Omowumi Kola-Lawal

 

 

 

 

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Twelfth Night

Title: Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic, Play

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/twelfth-night-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twelfth-Night-Young-Reading-Two/dp/0746099002; Free Download here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/full.html

Price: N580; 4.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Yet another play featuring a shipwreck, twins and a comic case of mistaken identity. Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are lost at sea after a shipwreck. Viola lands at Illyria and disguised as a boy (Cesario) goes to work for and falls in love with Duke Orsino. The Duke meanwhile is madly in love with the Countess Olivia and sends his trusted servant Cesario (Viola) to woo her on his behalf. In an interesting turn of events, the Countess falls in love with Cesario (Viola). Read the book to see how this love triangle is resolved and the chaos that ensues when Sebastian shows up at Duke Orsino’s court!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! As usual, the case of mistaken identity caused by identical twins makes for hearty laughter. The characters made this book a delightful read. The major highlight was Viola. Her asides were entertaining. The love-struck Duke Orsino was a highlight too. His silliness was comical. I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This play is also called What You Will
  2. It was named after a Christian holiday/festival, the Twelfth Night.
  3. It was first performed on the twelfth night of Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, in either 1601/1602[1]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here (the original version): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/full.html
  2. Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

CHALLENGE: Twelfth Night

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. Who is Cesario?
  2. How are Viola and her brother separated?
  3. This play is also called ………. ?

OR

2. Draw and colour identical twins (a boy and a girl) (4-5 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, May 26th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Author: Ladybird/Usborne

Publisher: Ladybird/Usborne

Number of pages: 12/64

Type of Book: Fiction; Fairytale; Classic

Age: 0 – 4; 4-8

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/literature/167-goldilocks-and-the-three-bears.html?search_query=goldilocks+and+the+three+bears+&results=3;  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goldilocks-Three-Bears-Ladybird-Touch/dp/1409304477;  for older readers: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/goldilocks-and-the-three-bears/; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goldilocks-Three-Bears-Usborne-Reading/dp/0746084110;  Free Download here: http://www.kizclub.com/storytime/threebears/threebears.pdf

Price: N1000; 5:99 GBP; N580; 4.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Another classic fairytale. In this story, a golden-haired little girl wanders into the woods and into the home of a Bear family. The Bears: Father, Mother and Baby were out. Goldilocks helps herself to their food, chair and beds, eating up Baby bear’s food, breaking his chair and sleeping in his bed. Read the book to find out what happens when the bears return and find Goldilocks in Baby bear’s bed!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This is a great book for toddlers! (and lower level primary school kids) I loved it as a child! It was right up there with Little Red Riding Hood! It has vibrant illustrations and different touch and feels on every page to introduce your toddler to textures. This book could be used to teach little ones the importance of staying away from strange places and people and not taking things that don’t belong to them. It’s a board book so it’s sturdy and will survive bites, spills and dunks in water. I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4! The version for older readers will teach the importance of obedience.

DOWN: None.

RATING

5 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. The character Goldilocks was named for her hair! She had golden locks (hair)
  2. The first documented version of this story was published by Robert Southey[1]
  3. More options for buying this book: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/?s=goldilocks&post_type=product

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here: http://www.kizclub.com/storytime/threebears/threebears.pdf
  2. Create your own Goldilocks and the Three Bears story book here: http://www.ptools.com/Blog/Goldilocks-and-the-Three-Bears.pdf

CHALLENGE: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the picture of Goldilocks and the three bears on the cover of the book (4 year olds)

OR

  1. Identify and colour the three Bears (2-3 year
    1. olds)

    http://azcoloring.com/coloring/8cz/K4d/8czK4ddcp.jpg

    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, May 24th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

 

 

 

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[1] http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/GoldilocksAndTheThreeBears; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldilocks_and_the_Three_Bears

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The Tempest

The-Tempest-303x450Title: The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Fiction Classic

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-tempest-young-reading-series-2/; http://www.amazon.com/Tempest-Young-Reading-Two/dp/140950672X; Free Download here: http://sparks.eserver.org/books/shakespeare-tempest.pdf

Price: N580; $7.58

MY SUMMARY

A play of treachery, romance and the triumph of good over evil. There are three plots to usurp in this play. The first is mildly successful. 1. Prospero, the Duke of Milan loses his dukedom to his brother Antonio with the help of the King, Alonso. The second and third are not. 2. Antonio and Sebastian, King Alonso’s brother plan to kill the latter so that Sebastian can become king. 3. Some of the King’s and Prospero’s servants plan to kill Prospero to take over his island. Prospero who doubles as a sorcerer causes a magical storm and shipwreck which brings Antonio, Sebastian, Alonso and his son Ferdinand, and some Lords to the desert island where he has lived for over a decade (since his brother took his dukedom). Here he contrives to use magic to scare them into repentance. Read the book to find out how Prospero regains his beloved Dukedom and how his daughter Miranda marries the Prince.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It’s a heartwarming romantic comedy that lives you with a good feeling long after you’ve put the book down. The major highlight for me was Prospero!

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This play was written in the 15th century!
  2. It was one of the last set of plays written by Shakespeare. (It is thought by many to be the last play he wrote)
  3. The epilogue by Prospero is believed to be Shakespeare’s way of saying goodbye to writing and his readers!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here (the original version): http://sparks.eserver.org/books/shakespeare-tempest.pdf

CHALLENGE: The Tempest

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

A. Read the summary above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. How many children does Prospero have?
  2. What are the names of Prospero’s and the King’s children?
  3. How did Prospero bring his brother Antonio and King Alonso to his island?

OR

B. Draw and colour a magician and a sinking ship (4-5 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, May 13th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare

 

 

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

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Title: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Author: retold by Katie Daynes

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/ali-baba-and-the-forty-thieves-young-reading-series-1/; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0746080867?keywords=ali%20baba%20and%20the%2040%20thieves%20usborne&qid=1458473319&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1; Free Download here: http://vladimirtamari.com/alibaba.pdf

Price: N580; $4.00

MY SUMMARY

Ali Baba and his brother Kassim were as different as day and night. Ali Baba was as content as his brother was greedy and as poor as his brother was rich. Ali Baba and his wife barely had food to eat for he was a poor woodcutter so you can imagine his shock when one day, he discovered a secret cave filled with all sorts of treasure. He quickly filled his bag with gold coins and ran home. Ali Baba became rich. Kassim disturbed Ali Baba until Al Baba told him about the secret cave. Kassim hurried to the cave with several donkeys to grab a large share of the treasure. But this cave belonged to a group of forty deadly thieves. Many things happened afterwards. First, the thieves found Kassim in their cave and killed him, then they started searching for Ali Baba to kill him too. Read the book to find out how the thieves tried to kill Ali Baba and whether or not they succeeded.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Adventure! I recommend this book for all independent readers and would go as far as recommending the complete work: One Thousand and One Nights or Tales from the Arabian Nights. Humour! It teaches young children several vital lessons, e.g. the advantages of being content, upright and observant (Morgiana), the consequences of being greedy, etc.

DOWN:  None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The magic words that brought riches to Ali Baba: Open Sesame!!
  2. The original author of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Antoine Galland, a French author. He wrote this story in the 18th century!
  3. This was one of the stories told by Princess Scheherazarde to save herself from the mad king in One Thousand and One Nights, one of the best Arabian short story collections of all time.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Watch a video here:

CHALLENGE: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

CREATE (THINK, WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Read the story here: http://vladimirtamari.com/alibaba.pdf

Answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. List 5 items, Ali Baba and his brother saw in the thieves’ cave
  2. Find the items in the grid below
Z D G Y H N M K O D G J K B X
V G O F T S J T O E G S E N O
G H L G T O E Y D G O I I A E
H J D H T R W A T O E L N I N
Y U C A D O C S H A P K A K A
I F O H S O L A C R A S W I T
O F I J R V S O E T C E O U S
O C N B D E J E W E L S G N A
L X S C D B A R U C A S A L F
I N O R N A M E N T S L E A G

OR

  1. Draw and colour Ali Baba on a tree watching the thieves enter their cave. (4-5 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, March 23rd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen