Books for Children- Early Learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers Magazine

Books for young children

Jan Homden reviews two old favourites and a new book  – all suitable for 4 – 8 year olds, and which adults will enjoy as well.

Books for Children- Early Learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers MagazineThis Moose Belongs to Me – published in 2013 by Oliver Jeffers  (Author, Illustrator)

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WINNER of the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2012 and the Honour Award for Illustration from Children’s Books Ireland, 2013.

Another beautifully illustrated book in the humorous pared-back style of Oliver Jeffers: a tale about a boy and (his) moose.

“Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn’t always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel.”

Wilfred proceeds to tie a name label to his antler and read aloud to Marcel his list of rules about how to be a good pet. Unfortunately, Marcel executes selective hearing! On their travels they meet an elderly lady who called out to Marcel, “Rodrigo you’re back!” Wilfred  ventured to tell her that this moose belonged to him. Marcel, who didn’t realise that he belonged to anyone ignores Wilfred and eats the apple offered by the old lady. Wilfred, embarrassed and distraught, rushed off home only to trip and become tangled in his string! Darkness falls as he lay there, getting worried and hoping monsters would not come………

That's mine- Early Learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers MagazineThe story explores the concept of ownership and would stimulate discussion in the classroom as it encourages young children to think about how they feel when someone says “that’s mine”, or “that’s my ………..”

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Books for Children- Early Learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers MagazineIf You Want to See a Whale – Hardcover –Published in 2013  by Julie Fogliano  (Author),‎ Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)

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This is a picture book with a difference – it induces calm, serenity, patience, anticipation and concentration as we journey with a boy and his dog in their quest to see a whale.  You will need a window and an ocean and time to go on an expedition to find a whale. There will be distractions to enjoy along the way, but keep focused and you never know what’s in store…….!  The poetic text is gentle and languorous, exquisitely illustrated in a muted palette of blues and greens with a yellow boat that draws us out to sea.

Young children will enjoy spotting insects in the grass, noticing shapes in the clouds and making a hat to float in the water!

 

If you want to see a whale, you will need to know what not to look at.
Pink roses, pelicans, possible pirates . . .
If you want to see a whale, you have to keep your eyes on the sea, and wait . . .
and wait . . . and wait . . .

 

Click below and sail away………

 

Books for Children- Early Learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers Magazine

A House That Once Was – Published in May 2018 by Julie Fogliano (Author), Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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A story that takes the reader back in time as two children, a boy and a girl, discover a derelict house hidden in the woods. A house that is abandoned – but by whom? And why?

A house that is now left to woodland creatures to explore amongst the treasures strewn across the floor. What clues do the children discover that allow their imaginations to piece together the history of the house.

 

The cowboy boot, the ship in a bottle, the aeroplane, books and records: who did they belong to?

New York Times-bestselling author Julie Fogliano and winning illustrator Lane Smith collaborate to bring to life a house that once was and the imaginary occupants long departed. The rhyming narrative evokes feelings of apprehension alongside a sense of amusement: an ideal book to read aloud. The illustrations capture the essence of the story and are beautifully executed in oils with Smiths imaginative treatment of texture and grunge to portray the colourful world of the woods outside and the darker, more mysterious world of the house inside.

                                                Deep in the woods is a house just a house that once was but now isn’t a home.

 

Jan Homden- Early Learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers MagazineJan HomdenConsilium Education

An early years teaching specialist and designer, Jan has taught in international schools around the world.

 

 

 

Feature Image: Pixabay

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