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The Red Transistor Radio

February is Millennium Development Goals Month

Title: The Red Transistor Radio

Author: Fatima Akilu

Publisher: Cassava Republic Press

Number of pages: 32

Type of Book: Fiction; Educational

Age: 4 – 8

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

Price: N1200

MY SUMMARY

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

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

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

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

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

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

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

DOWN: None.

RATING

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

TRIVIA

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

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

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

 CHALLENGE: The Red Transistor Radio

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

Read the story above and answer the questions below:

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

OR

  1. Draw a picture showing 3 things pregnant women can do to prevent maternal mortality. (7 – 8 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Thursday, February 16th 2017.

Next Book of the Week:

NGOZI COMES TO TOWN by Fatima Akilu

 

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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 ; http://www.tamsinkbooks.com.ng/product/press-here/

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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Middle School #5: Ultimate Showdown

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Title: MIDDLE SCHOOL: ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Cornerstone

Number of pages: 256

Type of Book: Contemporary, Fiction, Interactive/Activity

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=17304&c=210; https://www.amazon.com/Middle-School-Ultimate-James-Patterson/dp/0316322113/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481486426&sr=8-1&keywords=middle+school+ultimate+showdown

Price: N3,000; $8.53

MY SUMMARY

In this book, the siblings Rafe and Georgia Khatchadorian humorously argue about their views on some of the features and happenings in middle school like farting, bullying, cafeteria food, school dress code, dancing, etc. Rafe is the carefree, rule breaking, Khatchadorain while Georgia is the serious, rule keeping Khatchadorian. Both are opinionated, smart and good with words. Read this book to enjoy and actively participate in the lively debate between Rafe and Georgia and to try the dozens of incredibly fun activities scattered all over the book.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It is a GREAT interactive/activity book. Readers are kept busy with all sorts of activities like drawing cartoons and comic strips, cutting out bookmarks, writing stories, going through mazes, doing crosswords puzzles, etc. They also participate in the debate between Rafe and Georgia by writing their own points of view in spaces provided in the book! Kids, boys and girls alike, will love this book. Perfect for keeping them busy for hours on end.

Another major highlight: It tackled a few important issues. One of them was Bullying. The section on bullying was quite informative especially the bit on word bullying, one of the prevalent problems faced by children in schools today.

It’s a great book for reluctant readers.

DOWN: This is not exactly a chapter book (which is ideal for children this age). It’s more like an activity book or a magazine.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Types of Bullies? Word bullies and cyber bullies.
  2. A country named after a vegetable? Brussels (from Brussel sprouts!) Newsflash, the vegetable was actually named after the country.
  3. Georgia’s reaction when Rafe tricked her into dyeing her hair green? She decided to put purple dye in his body wash to turn his skin purple! (Luckily for him, she changed her mind)
  4. When does Rafe think jeans (trousers) become perfect? When you’ve worn them for 100 days without washing them, climbed at least five trees in them and worn a hole in the knee.
  5. Rafe thinks fairy tales are for babies, Georgia thinks they’re great. What do you think?

Read a preview here: https://issuu.com/jamespatterson/docs/ms_ultimate_showdown_preview_pdf?e=1711515/7128636

Watch the book trailer here:

 CHALLENGE: Middle School #5: Ultimate Showdown

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a story about bullies. (200 words) (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a 2-paged comic strip on bullying.

 

  1. Write a 300-essay story titled ‘All you need to know about Word Bullies’ (10-12 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a 4-paged comic strip on bullying.

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 18th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

OKIOJO’S CHRONICLES: 1897 by Adeniyi Adeniji

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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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Hansel and Gretel

 

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Title: Hansel and Gretel

Author: The Brothers Grimm

Publisher: Award Publications

Number of pages: 24

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic: See and Say Story Book

Age: 0 – 4

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/hansel-and-gretel/; https://www.amazon.com/Hansel-Gretel-Read-Along-Me/dp/1841357715;  

Free download here: http://burstbase.net/files/G2_Burst_STORIES_5_HanselandGretel_BW.pdf

Price: N410; $4:95

MY SUMMARY

Hansel and Gretel lived with their dad and step mother. They were very poor and sometimes didn’t have enough food to eat. One day, their wicked step mother came up with a plan to abandon the children in the forest. Hansel and Gretel found out and found their way back home. So their stepmother left them in the forest a second time and this time they got lost! Read the book to learn about their adventure in the forest, and the rich wicked witch who captured them and tried to eat Hansel!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: First off, it is a timeless fairytale and one children have loved for centuries. Secondly, it is one of the titles in the Read Along With Me Series, a series devoted to introducing toddlers to the joy of reading using picture words. Picture words are little pictures of characters and other things in the book, used in place of words and strewn between the words in the book. How this works: In the course of reading, you pause and point at the words, so that your toddler can ‘see’ the picture and ‘say’ the word. My two-and-a-half-year-old loves this series to PIECES! The series has at least 10 titles, all classics! Looking for a Christmas present for your kids? And they’re reasonably priced too! Other books in the series include Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots.

Finally, the story also has a moral or two for children.

DOWN: None.

RATING

5 Stars (I would give it 6 over 5 if I could)

TRIVIA

  1. This story was first published in 1812 over 200 hundred years ago!!
  2. The Grimm Brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm wrote a collection of over 200 German fairy tales including popular favourites like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Watch a video here:

CHALLENGE: Hansel and Gretel

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour Hansel and Gretel. (2 – 3 year olds)
  2. What items did Hansel drop on the ground to help them find their way home? Draw them. (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 Wednesday, December 7th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

THE STORY OF JESUS by Award Publications

 

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The Little Mermaid

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Title: The Little Mermaid

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Publisher: Usborne Publishing/ Hythloday
Press

Number of pages: 48/80

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here:

http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-little-mermaid-young-reading-series-1/; http://www.amazon.com/Little-Mermaid-Original-Illustrations/dp/0615963943/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461935499&sr=1-4&keywords=the+little+mermaid; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Mermaid-Young-Reading-Packs/dp/0746085338/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461798575&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+little+mermaid+suborn+young+reading+series+one;

Free Download here: http://hca.gilead.org.il/li_merma.html

Price: N580; $4.00

MY SUMMARY

The little mermaid, the last and the prettiest of the six daughters of the Sea-King, wants more than anything to rise out of the ocean and see the earth and humans! When finally gets the chance to rise out of the ocean on her fifteenth birthday, she stumbles upon a party on a ship and falls in love with the celebrant, a prince. Suddenly she desperately wants to exchange her fish tail for a pair of legs, to be human. Unbeknownst to her family, she visits the Sea-Witch who grants her wish, on one condition. Read the book to find out how she finally meets the Prince and if they lived happily every after.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The original version of this story is replete with vital lessons for children. Young readers learn the advantages of being content, the consequences of disobedience, the importance of love and the soul, etc.

DOWN: The Disney version though it has a happier ending is a bit shallow compared to the original version.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This story has had at least three different versions with three different endings. In some versions, the prince marries someone else and the little mermaid dies of a broken heart, in the original version, the prince marries someone else and the little mermaid joins the ‘Daughters of the Air’, a group of ethereal spirits and in Disney’s version, she marries the prince and they live happily ever after!
  2. The little mermaid is called ‘the little mermaid in some versions, Melody in others and Ariel by Disney.
  3. In the story, the little mermaid had the finest voice in the world!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Watch a video here (Disney’s version):

CHALLENGE: The Little Mermaid

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Read the story here: http://hca.gilead.org.il/li_merma.html (version 1)

Answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  • How many sisters does the little mermaid have?
  • What did the little mermaid give to the Sea-Witch in exchange for a pair of legs?
  • Who are the Daughters of the Air?

OR

  1. Draw and colour the little mermaid (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 Tuesday, May 3rd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

The Comedy of Errors

Title: The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Number of pages: 272

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Comedy-Errors-Folger-Shakespeare-Library/dp/0743484886/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= ; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://www.pubwire.com/DownloadDocs/PDFiles/SHAKESPR/COMEDY/COMEDYOF.PDF

Price: $5:99

MY SUMMARY

This story is one of mistaken identity and as is common with stories of this nature, what follows is chaos for the characters and laughter for the readers. One fateful night, two women gave birth to a set of identical twin boys each. The first woman was a wealthy merchant’s wife from Syracuse, the other, a poor woman. The latter sold her twins as servants to the former’s twins. Shortly after, the merchant and his family were caught in a storm at sea; the wife and a set of twins (one son and one servant) was lost. Distraught, the merchant named the surviving boys after the lost boys. Many years later, both boys (Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus) and their servants (Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus) happened to be in the town of Ephesus at the same time. This led to mass confusion, a lot of beatings, some arrests, an almost exorcism and riotous laughter!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! It lives up to its title. Most stories featuring identical twins are filled with laughter, this one features two sets of identical twins so its twice as much fun! I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The story is set in the city of Ephesus
  2. Egeon, (the father of the twins) must do this to avoid being executed the next day? Give a thousand marks to the Duke of Ephesus.
  3. While dining in his brother’s house, (he’s mistaken for his brother) Antipholus of E does this: he woos his brother’s wife’s sister!
  4. Antipholus of Ephesus suffers this as a result of the mix-up: He’s locked out of his own house
  5. His wife thinks he has gone mad and begs an exorcist to cure him.
  6. He’s accused of refusal to pay a debt and he’s locked up in prison.

Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

Watch the play here:

CHALLENGE: The Comedy of Errors

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word comedy of errors. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 1000-word comedy of errors (10-12 year olds)

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, May 1st  2016.

Next Book of the Week:

MERCHANT OF VERNICE by William Shakespeare

 

 

Only Bread for Eze

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Title: Only Bread for Eze

Author: Ifeoma Okoye

Publisher: Farafina Tuuti

Number of pages: 16

Type of Book: Fiction; African

Age: 2 – 6

Available here: https://www.mobiashara.com/Farafina/only-bread-eze; http://www.amazon.com/Only-Bread-Eze-Ifeoma-Okoye/dp/9784801213

Price: N300; $3.58

MY SUMMARY

There was once a little boy, his name was Eze. He liked to eat only bread.”

In the Eze series, Eze, the protagonist is a little boy who wants what he wants when he wants it. At first, he didn’t want to go to school, read ‘No School for Eze’ to find out the sidesplitting way his mum took care of that problem and without the normal shouting and flogging that was the norm for the mums of my mum’s generation or the ‘ignoring’ and ‘naughty corner’ that is the norm for the mums of my generation. In this book, Eze’s father is the genius. Eze decides that he doesn’t like garri or anything else for that matter, he’d rather eat bread. Angry, Eze’s dad grants Eze’s wish. Read the book to find out how Eze’s dad cures him of his love for ‘only bread’.

This book brings reminds me of the saying, ‘Be careful what you wish for ‘cos you just might get it’

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! I had a good laugh. Darling Eze’s refusal to eat garri reminded me of my own childhood. I couldn’t understand the mums’ fixation with ‘daily lunchtime garri’ 🙂

The book teaches young children the importance of discipline without being didactic. It is very easy to read. Another highlight was the reference to typical Nigerian meals: rice and stew, beans and plantain, yam, gar and okro soup, etc. I recommend this book for beginning readers.

DOWN: Warning: Eze’s dad’s idea may not work at home (at least not in the same way), simply because, most kids, unlike Eze may not give up quickly. My son, for example, would have stuck it out for a full day at least. I wont explain in detail. Buy the book for your beginning reader or read it to your toddler *wink wink*

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Eze’s favourite food in the world. Bread!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Team the reading experience with a review of your child’s food choices.
  • Watch a video of the book reading here:

CHALLENGE: Only Bread for Eze

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

What do you like eating?

  1. Draw and name three things you like eating (5-6 year oldsOR
  1. Draw two things you like eating (4 year oldsOR
  2. Draw or name one thing you like eating. (2-3 year olds)

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 Wednesday, March 2nd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES by Hans Christian Andersen

 

 

Litte Women


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Scott

Publisher: Puffin Books

Number of pages: 816

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Available here: http://www.konga.com/little-women-1541322; http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/little-women-young-reading-series-3/; http://www.amazon.com/Little-Women-Puffin-Louisa-Alcott/dp/0147514010/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455598503&sr=1-1&keywords=little+women; http://www.planetpdf.com/planetpdf/pdfs/free_ebooks/Little_Women_NT.pdf

Price: N1500; N580; $12.86; Free download

MY SUMMARY

Little Women is a coming of age story revolving around the March girls: pretty, lady-like Meg, tomboyish Jo, feeble Beth and precocious Amy. The girls live in genteel poverty in the mid 1800s with their mother (Marmee) while their father fights in the American Civil War. Little Women chronicles the life of the girls as they try to overcome daily obstacles, make friends and grow up under the watchful Christian eye of their mother.

NB: This story has two parts: Little Women and the Good Wives, usually contained in one book under the title, ‘Little Women’. Be careful, when buying to ensure that you get a double and not single part copy.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: An American classic, set in the mid-1800s, it gives readers an insight into the life of the typical American family during the civil war. It promotes the themes of love, friendship, hard work, etc., and shows readers the consequences of good and bad actions. The characters, interestingly diverse made this a delightful read. Rambunctious Jo, the second March girl had me in stitches for most of the book. Mrs. March (Marmee), reminded me of the Nigerian mother, determined to instill Christian values in her children and using every opportunity to do this. I recommend this book for all members of the family, old and young alike.

DOWN: It’s a bit didactic, quite long and sometimes, the dialogue/text dragged. Not for the reluctant reader.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The secret club formed by the March girls?C: The Pickwick Club.
  2. The Laurence boy? The bashful but fun-loving, half-Italian, teenage grandson of the rich old man that lived in the grand mansion behind the Marchs.
  3. Some of the kid’s favourite pastimes? Gardening, writing, acting plays, secret clubs.
  4. What were the kid’s unique daily burdens? Meg: poverty, Jo: a bad temper, Beth wanted to own/play the piano and Amy thought her nose was too flat (she put a peg on its tip sometimes to make it pointy and ‘aristocratic’.
  5. The kids’ daily activities? Meg babysat, Jo worked as their old aunt’s companion, Beth took care of the house and Amy went to school.

Read the book here: http://www.planetpdf.com/planetpdf/pdfs/free_ebooks/Little_Women_NT.pdf

CHALLENGE: Little Women

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a short 600-word essay on the American Civil War

OR

  1. Draw a picture of the March girls using the details below:

“Margaret, the eldest of the four, was sixteen, and very pretty, being plump and fair, with large eyes, plenty of soft brown hair, a sweet mouth, and white hands, of which she was rather vain. Fifteen-year-old Jo was very tall, thin, and brown, and reminded one of a colt, for she never seemed to know what to do with her long limbs, which were very much in her way. She had a decided mouth, a comical nose, and sharp, gray eyes, which appeared to see everything, and were by turns fierce, funny, or thoughtful. Her long, thick hair was her one beauty, but it was usually bundled into a net, to be out of her way. Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a flyaway look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman and didn’t like it. Elizabeth, or Beth, as everyone called her, was a rosy, smooth- haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression which was seldom disturbed. Her father called her ‘Little Miss Tranquility’, and the name suited her excellently, for she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted and loved. Amy, though the youngest, was a most important person, in her own opinion at least. A regular snow maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manners.”

OR

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

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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 21st 2016.

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