Okay, so I was in two minds whether to post this book since I had already mentioned the second book of ”Magical Tales by Kiwi Kids.” This is the very first time that NZ Post gave Kiwi kids the chance to share their writing talents. They were surprised and delighted that the future of NZ Literature looks very encouraging based on the creative minds of our young. I felt this book was even more special and deserved to be on the Perfect Picture Book-Friday list, read on and see if you agree……
“Leprechaun Icecream” – Magical Tales by Kiwi Kids
Designer: Liz Tui Morris
Published by: Learning Media Limited
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Theme: Magic and wonder of New Zealand through children’s eyes.
Leprechaun Ice Cream
by 9 year old Kiara-Jade West
2 pots of gold
1 pound of rainbow
40 medium-sized four-leaf clovers
10 green colouring pencils
4 cups of Irish hailstones
Take two posts of gold and melt in microwave for ten minutes.
Crush four leaf clovers, drain out the luck and place in fridge
Add crushed clovers and rainbow.
Heat green colouring pencils in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius until soft.
Add to mixture.
This recipe finishes with a note:
Do not serve to anybody but Leprechauns.
If you serve this to humans, they will shrink and start talking with Irish voices.
Synopsis: It take as few magical ingredients and a whole lot of imagination to make Leprechaun Ice Cream. It’s a recipe you’ll quickly learn when you read this collection of fifty stories and poems written by Kiwi kids for Kiwi kids. The stories – sometimes imaginary, sometimes true, but always inspired – are written by storytellers from primary and intermediate schools from across New Zealand. Take a spoonful and enjoy….
What do I like about this: What’s not to like…. With over seven thousand applicants only fifty were chosen, with such titles as “Chinese Whispers” a poem by 9 year old Juliet McLachlan, “If you give a Chick Chocolate” by 10 year old Chelsea Gibson and “Magic Spray Can” by 11 year old Louise Christina Davis and the incredible “8pm Question” by 12 year old Kate Warburton.
A quote on the back of the book reads “ The stories and poems do what young people’s writing so often does: make you see the world again, in a anew way.” … Kate De Goldi- Children’s author.
Resources/Finds: http://the-hub.tv/content/view/2566/106/ a great meet and chat to the kids who wrote the stories.
http://the-hub.tv/content/view/2566/106/ a Booksellers website of upcoming NZ Book Month and other NZ Writer’s blogs and Competitions and Award news.
http://the-hub.tv/content/view/2566/106/ article on a local 10 year old boy with Asperger’s whose story won entry into the second Book for Magical Tales by Kiwi Kids
http://www.learningmedia.co.nz/our-work/portfolio/leprechaun-ice-cream Learning Media gives full description of this book and if you click on “Write Tools” at bottom right-hand corner under Related Topics there is information on this resource for Teachers.
For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Picture Perfect Book.