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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Barney and the Kitten Written by:  Hisako Madokoro Illustrated by:  Ken Kuroi Translated by:  Peter Howlett Published by: RIC Publications Ltd Asia, Japan Ages:  3 – 6yrs Theme:  Love, caring, responsibility, adventure, friendship and humour. Opening Lines:  One day, Barney goes … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

“Because of You” Author:   B.G. Hennessy Illustrated by:   Hiroe Nakata Published by:  Candlewick Press Ages:  2 – 5 years Theme:  Kindness, friendship, peace Opening sentences:  Each time a child is born, the world changes.  When you were born, there was a … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

A Child’s Garden – a story of hope Author/Illustrator:  Michael Foreman Published by:  Walker Books England 2009 Age: 5 – 8 years Theme: Hope, patience, healing Opening Line:  The boy saw it after a night of rain, a speck of … Continue reading

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What’s His Name?

Okay, so as far as my writing went, I had a quieter April than most I know.  I decided to take a step back and do only what I felt I could do.  I read and followed what I could … Continue reading

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Perfect Picture Book – Friday

  “Quaky Cat” Written by: Diana Noonan Illustrated by: Gavin Bishop Published by: Scholastic 2010 Age:  3 – 7 years Theme: Earthquake, fear, comfort Open Line: On a cold Christchurch morning, while the city was sleeping Before the birds roused … Continue reading

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“Out of the Mouths of Babe’s”

How often have we heard that saying, and when has it been more aptly associated than in the life of a writer, a children‘s writer. We have all at some time interviewed other authors, agents etc….. but have we thought … Continue reading

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Book Reading Challenge: Book Nos: 28 and 29

The other week I brought home a couple of books from the library, little realising how poignant and reflective they would become during the ensuing week.  Let me try to explain……A dear friend I have known for many years and a … Continue reading

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Book Reading Challenge: Book No’s… 25 & 26.

With the help of my local librarian I managed to track down a couple more of my good friend Jim Rumford’s children’s books.   Silent Music  … A story of Baghdad….. by James Rumford  for ages 4 – 8 yrs … Continue reading

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Book Reading Challenge: Books Nos: 16,17,18

“Grandma meets the Queen” By Helen McKinlay and illustrated by Craig Smith This book is part of a comical series, about a very overactive, highly imaginative, gutsy, and adorable lady, who has your sides hurting from laughing so much.  Grandma always … Continue reading

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Book Reading Challenge : Books No. 14 and 15

Yes  I am on a roll …. so here are two more. “Hill and Hole”  by Kyle Newburn and Illustrated by Vasanti Unka. A quote on the back of this book reads “Hill and Hole is a wonderfully original story about a … Continue reading

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