Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Cat in the Hat

Title: The Cat in the Hat

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 61

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic (First published in 1957)

Age: 2 – 6

Buy it here: https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-the-cat-in-the-hat-and-other-dr.-seuss-favorites-14699.html;  http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Hat-Dr-Seuss/dp/039480001X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458514344&sr=1-1&keywords=cat+in+the+hat

Price: N4890; $5.00

MY SUMMARY

An unnamed boy, his sister Sally and their pet fish (Fish) are sitting at home on a cold wet day, staring out the window, bored to their teeth when suddenly, with a loud noise, a tall, human-sized cat (Cat) with a white and red-stripped hat and a red bow tie, appears before them. Cat immediately starts showing the kids some tricks, promising to make the day fun but Fish is not deceived. Fish repeatedly tells the kids to show Cat the door, he knows Mother won’t approve of Cat’s presence. But the kids are intrigued by Cat and they don’t. So with his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, Cat totally wrecks the kids’ home. Then Fish spies Mother walking home …

Read the book to find out how Cat made the day fun for Sally and her brother and whether or not they cleaned Cat’s mess up before Mother got to the door.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book is one of the best selling Dr. Seuss Books. It’s very easy to read, very funny and the illustrations are super.

DOWN:  None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Cat’s favourite thing in the world. Fun!
  2. This book was first published in 1957!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

CHALLENGE: Cat in the Hat

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. What’s the hidden picture?* (5-6 year olds)

Colour the boxes as follows:

Blue: 1,10,11,20,21,30,81,90-92,99,100

Black: 41,42,49-52,54,57,59-61,65,66,70,71,80,82,89,93,98

Pink: 73,78,84-87

Red: 12-19,31-40

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.
31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40.
41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50.
51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60.
61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70.
71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80.
81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90.
91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96. 97. 98. 99. 100.

*http://mrsthomsonrokx.blogspot.com.ng

OR

  1. Colour the image from the link below (2-4 year olds)

http://www.seussville.com/activities/CAT_ColorSweep_0.pdf

 

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 6 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, March 15th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

FOX IN SOCKS by Dr. Seuss

 

The Witches

Title: The Witches

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin

Number of pages: 224

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-witches/ ;

http://www.amazon.com/Witches-Roald-Dahl/dp/014241011X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458518772&sr=1-3&keywords=the+witches; free download here: https://vk.com/doc14694589_297706035?hash=cec1ba58b5287a43eb&dl=05d2f01cc85afbead4

Price: N1580; $4.24

MY SUMMARY

Boy, the narrator lives with his grandmother. An ordinary boy living an ordinary life until his grandmother tells him stories about witches; then he meets the first witch and then he stumbles upon the annual meeting of ALL the witches in England!! Even worse, he finds out that the witches plan to do away with ALL the children in England by turning them into mice!!! Read the book to find out the truly exciting way that Boy foils the witches’ plan and pays them back for turning him into a mouse!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP:  Everything!!! Everything!!!

DOWN:  None.

RATING

5 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. A witch is always …………..? A woman
  2. What do the Witches hate more than anything in the world? Children.
  3. The grand plan of the Grand High Witch? To turn all the children in England into mice!
  4. How did she plan to do this? Using Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse-Maker
  5. What do the witches do to ‘Boy’ the narrator? They turn him into a mouse!
  6. The tale of the children who vanished because of witches? RH was lured away by a tall lady wearing gloves; SC took an apple from a lady and the very next day, she appeared in a painting in her home; BS turned into a chicken and laid eggs; H turned into stone and became an umbrella holder and L turned into a talking porpoise while was swimming.

Read the book here: https://vk.com/doc14694589_297706035?hash=cec1ba58b5287a43eb&dl=05d2f01cc85afbead4

Visit here: http://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/1980s/the-witches

CHALLENGE: The Witches

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Imagine waking up and realizing that you’ve become a mouse, then write a short 600-word story describing life as a mouse (the things you can see, feel, hear, taste, smell)

OR

  1. Draw a picture of the Dining room using the details below:

All over the Dining-Room women were screaming and strong men were turning white in the face and shouting, “It’s crazy! This can’t happen! Let’s get the heck out of here quick!” Waiters were attacking the mice with chairs and wine-bottles and anything else that came to hand. I saw a chef in a tall white hat rushing out from the kitchen brandishing a frying-pan, and another one just behind him was wielding a carving-knife above his head, and everyone was yelling, “Mice! Mice! Mice! We must get rid of the mice!” Only the children in the room were really enjoying it. They all seemed to know instinctively that something good was going on right there in front of them, and they were clapping and cheering and laughing like mad.

OR

  1. Write a 100-word short poem about a mouse

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 27th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

THE BFG: A SET OF PLAYS by Roald Dahl

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Green Eggs and Ham

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Title: Green Eggs and Ham

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 62

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic (first published in 1960)

Age: 3-5

Buy it here: https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=13332&c=111;

http://www.amazon.com/Green-Eggs-Ham-Dr-Seuss/dp/0394800168

Price: N850; $5.00

MY SUMMARY

In the book, Sam-I-am, a little boy pesters a man to eat a plate of green eggs and ham. He follows the man around the house with the plate trying to convince him to try the eggs and ham but the man adamantly refuses.

“Do you like green eggs and ham?

I do not like them Sam-I-am

I do not like green eggs and ham”

Sam-I-am offers different options;

Would you eat them in a house?

Would you eat hem with a mouse?

Read the book to find out if Sam-I-am was able to convince the man to try the green eggs and ham!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humor!! Kids will have a good laugh at the poor man who Sam-I-Am pesters. Rhyme!! The book is written in classic Dr. Seuss rhyme and the story can be sung. It’s just like a funny poem. Best of all, it’s such a fun lesson on the power of perseverance. Kids quickly learn that like Sam-I-am, they can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals if they don’t give up. I recommend this book for ALL little boys and girls. In the words of a dear friend of mine, “If this book is not in your child’s library, you’re sleeping on a moving bicycle”

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This book is the fourth-best selling children’s book of all time written in English Language![1]
  2. Only 50 words are used in the whole book![2]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

CHALLENGE: Green Eggs and Ham

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Identify and colour the eggs and ham (3 year olds)

http://www.lucylearns.com/images/coloring-page-of-dr-seuss-dr-seuss-printable-coloring-page-green-eggs-and-ham-coloring-sheet1.gif

  1. Spot 5 differences between the two pictures (4 – 5 year olds)

http://www.lucylearns.com/images/dr-seuss-kids-activity-pages-cat-in-the-hat-spot-the-difference-sheet-1.gif

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 3 – 5 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, March 22nd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

CAT IN THE HAT by Dr. Seuss

 

 

[1] “All-Time Bestselling Children’s Books”. Publishers Weekly. 17 December 2001. Archived from the original on December 25, 2005.

[2] “10 stories behind Dr. Seuss stories”. CNN. January 23, 2009. Retrieved March 18th 2016

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Emperor’s New Clothes

 

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Title: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Publisher: Usborne

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-emperors-new-clothes-young-reading-series-1/; http://www.amazon.com/The-Emperors-New-Clothes-Edition/dp/0746067755Free Download here: http://www.townsendpress.com/uploaded_files/tinymce/Library%20Excerpts/Timeless_chap1.pdf

Price: N580; $4.00

MY SUMMARY

This is a classic fairytale that has been retold over and over again about a vain emperor who loved clothes more than anything else in the world. This love bothered on obsession. He was not interested in the affairs of his empire and spent every waking moment ordering or trying on new clothes and admiring himself. Read the book to learn how two crooks and a little boy rid the emperor of his insane love for clothes in the funniest manner possible.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! I had a good laugh. It teaches young children the consequences of being proud and vain without being in the least bit didactic. It is very easy to read. I recommend this book for all types of readers: old, young, beginning, independent, reluctant, etc.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The Emperor’s favourite thing in the world. Clothes!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Watch a video of the book here:

CHALLENGE: The Emperor’s New Clothes

 CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Read the story here: http://www.townsendpress.com/uploaded_files/tinymce/Library%20Excerpts/Timeless_chap1.pdfAnswer the following questions (7-8 year olds)
    1. Why did everybody say they could see the emperor’s new clothes?
    2. What special feature did the crooks claim their clothes had?

    OR

    1. Draw the ceremonial attire of the Traditional ruler of your village (6 year olds)

    OR

    1. Draw and colour a king. (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 16th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES

 

 

 

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

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Title: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket: Book of Ridiculous Rhymes

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 24

Type of Book: Fiction; Contemporary

Age: 0 – 5

Available here: https://www.jumia.com.ng/seuss-dr.-stevenson-james-ilt-booth-george-ilt-mck-dr.-seuss-theres-a-wocket-in-my-pocket-4238748.html; http://www.amazon.com/Theres-Wocket-Pocket-Seusss-Ridiculous/dp/0679882839

Price: N1500; $3.50

MY SUMMARY

In this vibrantly-coloured, beautifully-illustrated book, a little boy walks around his home and describes all sorts of strange creatures that rhyme with the part of the house or piece of furniture they live in/on, pointing out the ones he likes and the ones he doesn’t. Read the book to see nonsensical creatures like the geeling in the ceiling, the wasket in the closet, the bofa on the sofa and the nooth grush on the toothbrush.

I don’t think any writer but Dr. Seuss can get away with a book filled with made-up words! In another day and time and of course, authored by someone else, this would be a rather silly book!

… like the TELLAR

… and the NELLAR

… and the GELLAR

… and the DELLAR

… and the BELLAR

… and the WELLAR

… and the ZELLAR

in the CELLAR.

It is indeed a book of ridiculous rhymes.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Using words that rhyme, some with meaning, some not, it introduces preschoolers to everyday household items, different colours, shapes, the alphabets and parts of the house. It is a good read-aloud for toddlers. The book begins with a question “Did you ever have the feeling there’s a zamp in the lamp?”

DOWN: The book contains a lot of meaningless words! The toddler may not be able to differentiate between these words and the actual words.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. 5 strange creatures mentioned in the book beginning with the letter ‘Z’ : Zlock, Zable, Zower, Zamp, Zelf 

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

CHALLENGE: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  • Identify and colour the zlock (2-3 year olds)

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OR

  • Write a short story

The _____________ jumped on the __________ and the ______________ played with the ____________ and the _______________ hid under the _____________

Fill in the blanks using 3 animals and 3 pieces of furniture. Draw the animals and pieces of furniture used to fill in the blanks (4-5 year olds)

 

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 5 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, March 15th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

GREEN EGGS AND HAM by Dr. Seuss

 

 

Adaeze the true Princess

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Title: Adaeze the True Princess

Author: Nnenna Ochiche

Publisher: Grace Springs Africa Publishers

Number of pages: 164

Type of Book: Contemporary, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: Laterna Books 13 Oko Awo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos; The Hub, Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki, Lagos;  http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1523963271?keywords=adaeze&qid=1457472822&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

Price: N1,000; N1,000;16.80 GBP

MY SUMMARY

Eight-year-old Adaeze was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. With a name that literally means ‘Daughter of a King’ she considered herself a princess and was treated as such by her parents. She had bad grades in school, stuffed herself with food till she became overweight and got everything she wanted WHEN she wanted, either by simply asking or throwing herself on the floor and screaming her head off. She was spoilt beyond belief.

Then one day, everything changed. Adaeze’s dad got into trouble with the law and skipped town, her mum became sick. All of a sudden, Adaeze had to leave her illustrious life in urban Lagos to move to almost remote, Aba to live with her strict, poorly dressed and almost impoverished aunt. Suddenly, she couldn’t eat pizza and ice cream at will, make intermittent phone calls, go shopping, watch TV and play computer games.

Read the book to find out how Adaeze fared in Aba and how Aunty Felicia helped her become a true princess.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: I enjoyed reading this book. It reminded me (sooo much) of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”. It also reminded of my primary school days especially the Iburibu incident. Like Adaeze’s mother, the incident made me laugh till I cried. It brought memories of fighting in school. Humor! Adaeze was so badly behaved sometimes that the reader is shocked into laughter. Some of the tricks/antics Aunty Felicia employed to try to change Adaeze were downright funny.

Honestly, where the child hero of this book is Adaeze, the adult hero is Aunty Felicia. She was the highlight of the book for me. I recommend for older independent readers, boys and girls alike.

DOWN: It was a bit slow-paced and there were minor grammatical errors. It almost had a didactic tone, almost.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Adaeze’s reaction when she saw her cousin Jones riding her bike. She yelled at him, grabbed his shirt, pulled him off the bike, threw him on the floor and bit his ear!
  2. A typical day in Adaeze’s life? She would go to school, come home, eat lunch and wail to avoid doing her homework with her private tutor. Her mum would apologize, send the tutor away and try to pacify her with pizza and ice cream, then she would watch cartoons till 10pm. When her dad returned, he would bring chocolate and a bucket of fried chicken. She would eat as much as she could and then go to bed.
  3. What did Adaeze’s parents do whenever she failed in school? They blamed the teacher(s) and moved Adaeze to another school.
  4. “So many diseases just love a child with excess fat.” Who said this and why? Aunt Felicia. She was trying to get Adaeze to lose weight.
  5. Adaeze told this person everything? Isi, her equally spoilt best friend.
  6. Why did Adaeze get into a fight in church? Because a child told her she was fat. She called her Iburibu (literally: you are fat)

Visit Adaeze here:  https://www.facebook.com/Adaeze-the-True-Princess-906886066073899/  

CHALLENGE: Adaeze the True Princess

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. True princesses treat others with kindness. True or False? Write a 600-word essay on the most important qualities a prince/princess must have.

OR

  1. Write a 600-word short story with any of the following themes: Service to others 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 14th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. FRANK BAUM

*A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review

Wangari’s Trees of Peace

March 3rd is Wangari Maathai Day/Africa Environment Day.

Wangari Maathai was the first woman to earn a Doctorate degree in East Africa and the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize but she’s best remembered as the woman who motivated Kenyan women to plant over 300 million trees in Kenya. Wangari’s Trees of Peace tells Wangari’s story in a simple way making it quite easy for children to read.

Africa Environment Day was established by the Organization for African Unity (OAU) to raise awareness about the environmental problems in Africa.

To commemorate this day, we have changed the book of the week to Wangari’s Trees of Peace. The Emperor’s New Clothes will be reviewed next week.

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Title: Wangari’s Trees of Peace

Author: Jeanette Winter

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 32

Type of Book: Creative Non-Fiction; Contemporary, Series

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Wangaris-Trees-Peace-Story-Africa/dp/0152065458

Price: $15.07

MY SUMMARY

Wangari grew up near Mount Kenya. There were lots of trees and different types of birds to see everyday. She had the typical rural African childhood. She went to the farm, to plant and harvest sweet potatoes, maize, etc.; she fetched firewood for cooking, etc. Wanagari loved Kenya. But she had to leave because she got a scholarship to study in the United States.

When Wangari returned, many years later, there were no more trees in and around her home. She was worried that Kenya would become a dessert since people were cutting down trees without planting new ones.

Read the book to find out how Wangari saved Kenya from becoming a dessert and how she grew millions of trees in a few years.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It’s an inspiring story and will help children see that one person can make a difference in the world.

DOWN: It has a bit of violence: “They hit her with clubs” and this line is followed by an image of people hitting a lady with clubs and droplets of blood falling from her forehead.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  • Wangari used these to change the world around her. Trees! 

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

Team the reading experience with a visit to http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/wangari-maathai to learn more about Wangari Maathai.

CHALLENGE: Wangari’s Trees of Peace

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  • Plant a seedling in a garden at home or in school this week. Write a short 300 word essay on the planting process and take a picture (7-8 year olds)

OR

  • Draw (and name) two trees you see everyday. (4-6 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 9th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES by Hans Christian Andersen

 

 

 

ABC

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Title: ABC

Author: Dr Seuss

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 63

Type of Book: Fiction; Rhyme; Contemporary

Age: 0 – 4

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/literature/183-abc-by-dr-seuss.html?search_query=seuss&results=2; http://www.amazon.com/Seusss-Beginner-Books-Read-Myself/dp/0394800303/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Price: N2000; $5.95

MY SUMMARY

With Dr. Seuss’ ABC, toddlers learn the alphabet in the wackiest way possible.

Letter A

Big A   Little a…  What begins with A?

Aunt Annie’s Alligator … A …  A … A

 

Letter L

Little Lola Lopp

Left Leg

Lazy Lion licks a lollipop

A welcome deviation from all the traditional “A is for apple, B is for ball” books in the market, it uses large and colourful illustrations, funny words and repetition and rhyme to introduce the alphabet to babies and toddlers. Babies and adults alike will enjoy reading this book. It works well too, if it’s sung to children who can’t read using the “ABCD/Twinkle Twinkle Star” tune.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The illustrations are super! They are colourful, spread generously across the book and children find them delightful. A major highlight for me was the use of rhyme and repetition. The book also uses alliteration and assonance (as well as repetition) to reinforce letter sounds. Some numbers and colours are also introduced in the book.

I love love love Dr Seuss books!! I recommend this book for all babies and toddlers.

DOWN: This book cannot be read by kids without parental assistance as a lot of ‘big’ (e.g. rhinoceros) and meaningless (e.g. zizzer-zazzer-zuzz) words are used.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. What begins with the letter ‘B’? Books!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Listen to the ABC song here:

 

 

  • Watch the book video here:

CHALLENGE: ABC

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Identify and colour the Alligator

http://www.fisher-price.com/en_US/Images/alligator_tcm169-13213.pdf

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, March 8th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THERE’S A WOCKET IN MY POCKET by Dr. Seuss