Mr Lee Loves Reading

Whilst the persistent and torrential rain frustrated my initial plans for Saturday – the opportunity to just sit and read a book on Saturday afternoon was wonderful!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. 

This is the book that all upper KS2 children AND their parents should read.  It explores some fundamental truths about how humans behave and how they should behave.  Well recommended.

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown written by Cressida Cowell and illustrated by Neal Layton

Emily Brown’s rabbit, Stanley, is NOT FOR SALE.
Not even to her Most Royal Highness Queen Gloriana the Third.
Not even for all the toys Emily Brown could ever desire.
So when naughty Queen Gloriana steals “Bunnywunny” away, Emily Brown sets out to get him back. Along the way, she shows the queen how to love a special toy of her very own.

Emily Brown and The Emergency Elephant

The anarchic and witty third Emily Brown contains a message for parents about spending quality fun time with children, while little ones will simply enjoy the exuberant storytelling  Emily Brown, Stanley the bunny, and Matilda the elephant are busy going on adventures, but every time they get to a particularly exciting part, ring! ring! goes the Emergency Telephone and it’s Matilda’s mother on the end worrying that Matilda isn’t dressing properly, or eating properly, or almost anything. How can Emily Brown persuade her that sometimes adventures are good? This witty and poignant book is a reminder of the importance of spending quality time with children and allowing them to explore the world around them.

Emily Brown and The Thing written by Cressida Cowell

An original and witty take on a classic theme–being afraid of the dark In this warm-hearted tale, Emily and Stanley find a “Thing” crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night’s sleep, but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can’t he get to sleep? Parents and children everywhere will recognise all the bizarre excuses a child can make to keep the light on and a parent in the room at bedtime, and this story reminds how important it is to talk to children, and find out what is really going on in the complex depths of a child’s imagination.

Why read one Emily Brown book when you can read three!  The quirky, humorous text and lively illustrations bring endless joy and lend themselves particularly well to ‘silly voices’ for each of the characters.  My personal favourite is Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency.  The conflict between protectiveness and freedom to explore offers some interesting thoughts for parents.  In the end, Matilda’s mummy makes the right choice!

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