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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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The Gingerbread Man

Title: The Gingerbread Man

Author: Ladybird

Publisher: Ladybird

Number of pages: 10

Type of Book: Fiction; Fairytale

Age: 0 – 4

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/activity/17-touch-and-feel-book-gingerbread-man.html; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gingerbread-Man-Ladybird-Touch-Fairy/dp/1409304469

Price: N1000; 5.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Imagine it’s your daughter’s birthday and you’ve just baked the perfect Disney princess cake for her. Then as soon as you open the oven, ZOOM!!! the Princess cake jumps off the pan and dashes out of your kitchen. Impossible right? Not in this book. In this book, an old lady baked a gingerbread cookie in the shape of a man and as soon as she opened the oven to take it out, the cookie got up and took off. The old lady gave chase, followed by her husband, then a pig, a cow, and a horse but the cookie refused to be caught and eaten. Read the book to find out what became of the gingerbread man!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This is a great book for toddlers! It introduces kids to the wonderful world of fairy tales! It has vibrant illustrations and different touch and feels on every page to introduce your toddler to textures. I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4! It’s a board book so it’s sturdy and will survive bites, spills and dunks in water.

DOWN: I didn’t like the end.

RATING

4.5 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. This story was first published in 1875![1]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/stories/folktale/gingerbreadman/story/
  2. Create your own Gingerbread Man story book here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/stories/folktale/gingerbreadman/story/print.shtml

CHALLENGE: The Gingerbread Man

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the gingerbread man on the cover of the book (4 year olds)

OR

  1. Identify and colour the Gingerbread Man (2-3 year olds)

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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 17th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North

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Title: Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North

Author: Jude Idada

Publisher: Creoternity Books

Number of pages: 252

Type of Book: Fantasy, Fiction; African

Age: 10+

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Singing-Dwarfs-North-Adventures-Volume/dp/1508745900

Price: $10.99

MY SUMMARY

Didi was a dreamer. An 8-year-old girl born into a very poor family in Eastern Nigeria and the youngest of five children, she desperately wanted to go to school almost as much as she wanted to visit one of the places she had heard about in Ede’s stories: the mountainous lands of the North. Didi wanted to see the singing dwarfs. Her chance to achieve both dreams came when Uncle Ikenna came to the village from Lagos and took Didi back with him. However, bad luck, or was it fate, knocked on her door when one day, Uncle Ikenna had an accident, which sent him into a coma. Only a song by Mei Kalala, a singing dwarf of the North can save Uncle Ikenna’s life. Didi had a few days to journey to the mountainous lands of the North to find the singing dwarfs and learn the song. Read the book to follow Didi on her journey to the North and find out whether she passed Mei Kalala’s test and got back to Lagos in time to save Uncle Ikenna.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The major highlight of this book was its genre: African magical realism, a genre that isn’t very common in the world today. I would recommend for voracious readers, adult and child alike. This book is not for beginning readers or children who are just learning to love books.

DOWN: It was a bit too descriptive and rather slow-paced. It had quite a few grammatical errors that should have been picked up by a discerning eye.

RATING

3 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. Who were the singing dwarfs of the North? They were bush babies that lived in the mountainous lands in the North.  
  2. Mei Kalala told Didi that this would happen to her if she told a lie after drinking of the Nectar of Unbreakable Oaths? She would turn into a Pillar of Ash on the Plains of Sorrows!
  3. Ede? The village storyteller. He told stories of times in the past when the village was ruled by magic.
  4. What were the ingots and grengots? They were half-humans that lived in banana trees and had tails for legs. Ingots made the bananas ripe, and protected them from the grengots who liked to eat them. The grengots could make people mad by jumping into their nostrils and living in their heads!
  5. Who was Big Aunty? Aunty Nonye’s stepmother.
  6. “ … it was something that looked like an elephant… had what looked like human arms. But they bulged with muscles so big that they looked like large tubers of yam stuck to the arm. In one arm, there was a big club with a humongous head from which jutted out sharp objects … it had what seemed like maggots falling out of it… there was pus coming out from other parts of it. There was hair over what looked like its chest and in that mass of hair, creatures that looked like mice scurried about. But these mice had extra-long snouts.’ The Keeper of Searcher’s Gates.

Read an excerpt here http://www.amazon.com/Singing-Dwarfs-North-Adventures-Volume/dp/1508745900

CHALLENGE: Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. What is Magical Realism? Write a short 400-word essay. Give examples using books and movies.

OR

  1. Draw a picture of the ‘Big Aunty’ using the details below.

“Big Aunty’s arms were huge and her stomach bulged. Her neck was as thick as a tree trunk and her legs were like two pillars, the kind that held up the yam barns back in the village. Her chest kept rising and falling making her breasts look like two oversized pawpaws … Big Aunty’s breath came out like the puff of the blacksmith’s oven back in Obosi. She was like an elephant dressed in a green wrapper and green blouse. Her head was wrapped in a green head-tie. … she had Half Past Four eyes.”

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 10-12 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 24th 2016

Next Book of the Week:

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol

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Title:  A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Usborne Young Reading             

Number of pages: 64          

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic

Age: 8-12

Available here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/a-christmas-carol-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-collins-big-cat-christmas-carol-band-10white-2035003.html ; http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Carol-Barnes-Collectible-Editions/dp/1435149106/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1451051444&sr=1-1 ; read the original/unabridged version for free here: http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Dickens/Carol/Dickens_Carol.pdf

Price: N580; N2,028; $7.18

SUMMARY:

Scrooge was a cold-hearted penny-pinching miser who hated Christmas. He hated Christmas for many reasons, some legitimate, some not. He hated Christmas because as a child, he was left alone in boarding school during the holiday; as a young adult, his girlfriend dumped him during the Christmas season; and as an adult, his colleague died on Christmas Eve.

But he also hated Christmas for some unemotional reasons; he thought it was an expensive holiday and people did not work! When asked to donate money to a charity to feed hungry children during the season, he asked if there were no more prisons and workhouses to take care of these children. In summary, Scrooge was a bitter, selfish and mean man who was obsessed with wealth and had no love for his neighbors.

However, one christmas, everything changed. Scrooge was visited by four ghosts who tried to transform him into a kind, generous and sensitive human being using visions of his past, present and future.

Read the book to find out how the ghosts tried to change Ebenezer Scrooge and whether or not they succeeded.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Dickens’ amazing use of dry humor to entertain! However the major highlight of the book is that it tries to spread the spirit of Christmas, a spirit of giving, loving and service to mankind. Dickens’ emphasizes the importance of building and sustaining good human relations not just during the yuletide but all year through. In the words of Bing Crosby,

“The secret of Christmas is not the things you do, at Christmas time. But the Christmas things you do all year through”

DOWN: The original/unabridged version may not be an easy read for children but the abridged version does not capture the true essence of the book.

RATING

5 stars: A must read for bookworms and their parents!!

TRIVIA

  1. Who was Marley? Scrooge’s deceased colleague
  2. What did Marley’s Ghost warn Scrooge about? Marley’s Ghost warned Scrooge about this being his last chance to not die like Marley did.
  3. How many ghosts visited Mr. Scrooge? 4: Marley’s Ghost, The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  4. Why was Scrooge really scared of The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come? The Ghost was covered from head to toe in a deep black cloak except for one hand. Scrooge could not even see his face. The Ghost’s silence through out their time together made him even scarier. It also showed Scrooge many visions of the misery in his future.
  5. Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him. ( a cold-hearted miser who did not care for human beings ) Who does this paragraph describe? Scrooge
  6. Who were the children under the robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present? They symbolized man’s state of Want/poverty and man’s Ignorance of the plight of people living in a state of want/poverty.  

Listen/Read the book here:

Read the book here: http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Dickens/Carol/Dickens_Carol.pdf

CHALLENGE: A Christmas Carol

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. What does Christmas mean to me? Write a 400-word essay

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first 2 correct entres will be announced on this page and will each win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Monday, December 28th 2015.

Next Book of the Week

IT’S DISGUSTING AND WE ATE IT by James Solheim

How the Grinch stole Christmas

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Title: How the Grinch stole Christmas

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 0 – 8

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Grinch-Stole-Christmas-Classic-Seuss/dp/0394800796/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=512PxXsTebL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR112%2C160_&refRID=0GN84K1FXH8CK1PYFRPZ ; Buy the Audio CD (contains 11 stories by Dr. Seuss) here https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-the-cat-in-the-hat-and-other-dr.-seuss-favorites-14699.html ; Borrow the book from ZODML here: http://zodml.org/eachbook.php?id=36102 ;

Read the book online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKUumRRfm-0

Price: $8.48; N4,890

MY SUMMARY

‘I MUST find a way to stop Christmas from coming!’ the Grinch thought as he imagined all the things that would happen on Christmas day, a day he absolutely hated. On Christmas morning, he knew the kids in Whoville would wake up to unwrap their presents. He just knew that they’d make a lot of noise noise noise! Then the adults would feast and feast and feast on roast beef and all the Whos in Whoville, young and old, would hold hands and sing and make even more noise. Thoughts of Christmas day haunted the Grinch. O! how he hated Christmas season! Then he came up with the most ‘wonderful awful’ idea to stop Christmas from coming. He decided to steal Christmas! Read the book to find out why the Grinch hated Christmas so much and how he tried to steal Christmas.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The major highlight: In classic Dr. Seuss style, the entire book – all 64 scrumptious pages – is written in rhyme! To say that Seuss has a way with words is a gross understatement! One of my favourite lines:

‘He slithered and slunk with a smile most unpleasant

Around the whole room, he took every present’

The book is further enriched with vibrant illustrations in only three colours: black, white and tomato red. A very unusual yet very quaint mix. Another highlight is the fact that this book can be read to toddlers, while independent readers (6-8 year olds) can read it on their own.

I chose this book for Christmas because Seuss tries to show children through the story of the Grinch that Christmas is more than just a season for food and presents. It’s a good book to introduce to the little ones because sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holiday, we forget what Christmas is really all about. At the end of this book, the Grinch found the people of Whoville singing on top of their voices on Christmas Day in spite of the fact that he had ‘stolen’ Christmas. Then he realized that:

‘Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from the store

Maybe Christmas means a little bit more’

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars: (I wish I could give it 10 stars)

TRIVIA 

  1. Ask your child why the Grinch hated Christmas. Then ask him what happened when he realized Christmas meant more than just presents and food.

a. Most likely reason because his heart was 2 sizes too small.

b. His small heart grew 3 sizes and he returned all the presents and all the food.

  1. Ask your child how the Grinch tried to steal Christmas.

By stealing: a. all the Christmas presents and b. all the food for the feast.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Watch a video of the Grinch song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRhCbCISs44
  1. Team the reading experience with a read-aloud video here:

 

CHALLENGE: How the Grinch stole Christmas

CREATE (WRITE OR DRAW)

  1. List 8 presents stolen by the Grinch in the book (4 – 5 year olds)

                     OR

  1. Answer the following question in 50 words or more: What does Christmas mean to me?

(6 – 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 the audio book containing 11 Dr. Seuss classics.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, December 30th 2015

Next Book of the Week:

CLEVER SQUIRREL AND THE WEDDING COMPETITION by Yusuf .M. Adamu

 

“Christmas will always be, as long as we stand heart to heart and hand to hand”  

 Dr. Seuss

Christmas Week Schedule

Dear Bookworms, we will interrupt our weekly schedule for the HOLIDAY!!!!

Christmas Week Book Review Schedule

8 – 12 Years

A review of Charles Dicken’s classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be posted on Christmas Day and two copies of the book will be up for grabs for two lucky bookworms!

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4 – 8 Years / 0 – 4 Years

A review of Dr. Seuss’ classic, ‘How the Grinch stole Christmas’ will be posted on Christmas Day and one copy of the audio book containing 11 classics by Dr. Seuss will be up for grabs for one lucky bookworm!

 

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So get ready for Christmas Day!

Santa Claus is coming to Town (with BOOKS!!)

NB

Our normal schedule will resume the following week with a review of IT’S DISGUSTING AND WE ATE IT by James Solheim on Tuesday the 29th of December and CLEVER SQUIRREL AND THE WEDDING COMPETITION by Yusuf .M. Adamu on Friday the 1st of January, 2016.

MERRY     CHRISTMAS     BOOKWORMS!!!