Mr Lee Loves Reading

I haven’t posted my books of the week for a few weeks due to the London residential, half term etc.  However, I have of course kept up with my reading.

Last week the School Library Service brought their mobile library to St Peter’s CoE Primary School.  We had to return 221 books (over 50 were in storage anyway) and request 309 new books.  Pupils from each class had the opportunity to help choose these new books.

Our new selection includes some brilliant Key Stage 2 picture books (based upon ambitious language and themes) and fantastic books for all ages which contain no words!

Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger written by David O’Doherty and illustrated by Chris Judge

This fully illustrated, totally wacky handbook is about an everyman who is afraid of everything! Dr. Noel Zone, the greatest (and only) dangerologist in the world, is ready to teach readers how to avoid danger at all costs–from sneaky snakes posing as toothbrushes, to sharks hiding in toilets, to robots disguised as kindly grandmas. After all, DANGER IS EVERYWHERE, and we need to be prepared!

With art on every page, this hilarious and truly creative handbook will have readers laughing out loud (very safely) from start to finish.

Are you a PWINAPOD?  Having read this book that I am now a FOD.  I cannot believe that I have survived for so many years without listening to AAAAaAAA.  I now never go anywhere without my PEBB!  The books is full off acronyms – but if these get too much just head to the TEPOC.  Beware of the scorpion on page 9!

The Kites are Flying written by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Laura Carlin and contributions from Jeremy Bowen

A television reporter’s extraordinary experience in the West Bank reveals how children’s hopes and dreams for peace and unity can fly higher than any wall built to divide communities and religions.

Travelling to the West Bank to witness first hand what life is like for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall, journalist Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said. Together the two sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes another of his kites. When Said takes Max home, the reporter learns of the terrible events in the family’s past and begins to understand why Said does not speak. Told from both Max’s and Said’s points of view, Morpurgo has created a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope with an ending that rings with joy.

What do the kites symbolise?  Peace, hope, freedom, memory, friendship, reconciliation.  This is a fantastic introduction to a very complex subject.  I strongly recommend that you read this book alongside your child as they may have questions afterwards.

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