February Book Club

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Violet and the Pearl of the Orient

Violet has new neighbours.  On first impressions they’re not the type of people Violet and her family would normally take to but everyone deserves to be given a chance, right?

As events unfold in their little community Violet begins to suspect the newbies of more than just unpleasantness.

Her favourite neighbour’s valuable pearl has been stolen and the police aren’t listening to Violet’s suspicions.

It’s time to do some detectiving.

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Lovely illustrations by Becka Moor and more to enjoy from Violet in Harriet Whitehorn’s series of books.

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December Book Club

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. Illustrated by Chris Mould.

This is the story of how Father Christmas came to be the man we know today.

Everyone is young first –  this story follows Nikolas, our Boy called Christmas on his path to becoming the jolliest man in the world.  An adventure that teaches us that saying something is impossible is merely a restriction we put on ourselves.

A Boy called Christmas is a beautiful tale about finding your path.  It shows us the importance of kindness and altruism whilst challenging what’s thought of as impossible. It also explains the old chimney trick nicely.

We’re looking forward to reading this for many Decembers to come.

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Begone, reluctant reader (oh, not you)

In an all fronts attack, books have been purchased.

No child left behind.  Read, you must!

With suggestions from the Book Trust,The Guardian Children’s book site and our very own librarian auntie we’ve come up with a book list to try and catch our dote’s imagination and inspire her confidence.

Rainbow Magic FairiesFirst up, Rainbow Magic Pop star Fairies.  Part of a huge collection of Rainbow Magic Fairies by Daisy Meadows. Lil D was delighted with our in-house fairy and music is her thing, so Pop stars+Fairies=Success?

Initial excitement waned a little when we suggested she should read the books to us.  Chapter book fear remains intact so whilst we concentrate on song lyrics, more books are being added to baskets.

Horrid Henry

Next comes Horrid Henry, a Pound Shop find that seems very gentle.  But will it be girly enough? I’ll send it to D-Daddy for appraisal. A little more post won’t hurt.

Reading with Phonics

And now my favourites have arrived. Lil D can be a little sketchy on her phonics. New words can flummox her and she doesn’t know where to start but with these fabulous fairy tales key sounds are practiced and reinforced with rhyming words. Plus they are Cuuuute.

One in particular will also be good for our upcoming trip to Copenhagen. (^_^)

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