28 Nov 2011

THE THREE ROBBERS




The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer is a wonderful story told from a different point of view.

It teaches to consider people, situations and things from all angles. Everything has a positive and a negative side and we have to accept what at first may seem bad because it may have a wonderful ending.
The video is a good adaptation , though I will always prefer the book and its pages!

9 Nov 2011

FARMYARD TALES

The Farmyard Tales storybooks by Heather Amery and illustrations by Stephen Cartwright are a delightful choice for very young readers. The adventures in Apple Tree Farm become part of the family life. The stories are short, entertaining and fun. A good bedtime (all day) read.





The illustrations by Stephen Cartwright are easily recognised for being at the same time cuddly but not, as we say in Spanish, "cursi". In all his illustrations you can find the famous yellow rubber duck hidden somewhere in the picture. 

3 Nov 2011

I HAD A LITTLE BROTHER


When I was a teacher trainer I taught my students to sing nursery rhymes, to read, or rather, to tell stories and to say rhymes with the adequate rhythm and intonation. This is one of my favourite rhymes. I couldn't find a recording I liked (the one I was taught as a kid) so I did my own recording!



I HAD A LITTLE BROTHER
                                   
I had a little brother,
His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bath tub
To teach him how to swim.

He drank up all the water,
He ate up all the soap.
He died last night
With a bubble in his throat.

In came the doctor.
In came the nurse.
In came the lady
With the alligator purse.

“Dead,” said the doctor.
“Dead,” said the nurse.
“Dead!” said the lady
With the alligator purse.

Out came the doctor.
Out came the nurse.
Out came the lady
With the alligator purse.

When I sang it as a kid with my classmates I always imagined the lady with an alligator purse such as this one:


13 Oct 2011

THERE'S A HOUSE INSIDE MY MUMMY

This story is told by a little boy who is expecting a brother or sister. It is a simple rhyming text with the naiveness of a child's point of view. The drawings are neat, simple and catchy. Defintely a good choice for brothers or sisters to be.

 
Perhaps this is a nice place to consider certain topics that arise with the arrival of a second sibling:

30 May 2011

I SAW ESAU

I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book edited by Iona Opie and Peter Opie and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. I came across it some time ago in Pasajes: Maurice Sendak was enough to captivate me. But later at home I was sure it was one of my best buys ever. I love the illustrations and though I'm not familiar with any of the rhymes I think they're great.

 And today I discovered the British Library's website: its learning section has the direct connection to Playtimes: A century to Children's Games and Rhymes. It is an interesting page to browse but my favourite is the Kid's Zone.
Lovely combination.

3 May 2011

THERE'S GOING TO BE A BABY

Wow! A new book titled There's Going to Be a Baby illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by John Burningham, her husband. I'm really looking forward to having a look at it. Meanwhile, let's enjoy her voice.

29 Apr 2011

The Rights of the Reader


If you can not see this poster properly you can download it. Look for it in the WalkerBooks website.

THE STORY OF FERDINAND

The Story of FERDINAND by Munro Leaf with drawings by Robert Lawson is a very old fashioned storybook. The black and white illustrations are excellent and  even hilarious. I really like the cork tree!
The story is a must for bull lovers.


Here are some activities you might enjoy after reading the book.

10 Apr 2011

THE CONQUERORS and ELMER


David McKee is a great illustrator and storyteller. He is most well-known by the Elmer series about a patchwork elephant. However striking, funny and lovable Elmer is, for me David McKee was at his best with The Conquerors. It is a story about war and peace, about conquering with weapons or rather with words (stories, jokes and dialogue) and food and clothes. 

8 Apr 2011

GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA

This is a gorgeous story by Peggy Rathmann which can be read any time of the day, but is at its bed before it's time to say "Sweet dreams!" All the animals must go to sleep


There are not many words in this story, so do we really need so many words?

As always, I recommend working on the visuals to learn the story and tell it in a different way.

7 Apr 2011

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE






I still remember the first time I read this book. It was at my favourite children's bookstore in Madrid, La Mar de Letras.

I didn't like it that much: the illustrations were fantastic but I didn't quite like the story.

Nevertheless, I bought the book.

When my youngest son saw it he was excited: his teacher had read it to him and he thought it was fantastic.

So then I thought I had to give it a chance.



 I've read it and read it quite often. I do love it! It's a great story.

31 Mar 2011

WHERE'S SPOT?

Spot is much more than a puppy. It is a character on its own with a whole collection of storybooks created by Eric Hill.
Spot is a happy puppy that grows in his family and with his friends.
My favourite book is Where's Spot?














Children love this story and they learn vocabulary on animals, objects in the house and prepositions.
Try these prints to work on the story.

26 Mar 2011

DEAR ZOO

A letter in a story or a story in a letter. Even though letters are out of date nowadays, we still have to learn  ask for things and know what to ask for and how to ask for it. Not everything is adequate for everyone. We must learn to choose what is good for us. This book may teach us that and many other things too. It teaches lots of vocabulary on animals and an adjectives to match them.
Rod Campbell wrote Dear Zoo 1982, since then it has become a must in nurseries and kindergartens.

 
It has clear illustrations and the flaps are perfect to hide animals.

You should try to learn the book by heart. It is easy if you work on these activities with the book.

23 Mar 2011

MEG AND MOG

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski is a funny story children love. The story is perfect for Halloween as it introduces all the vocabulary related to witches and spells. The illustrations are easy to recognise and follow. 

 

Enjoy the story again and again, please.

20 Mar 2011

FREDERICK

Why do we need art? It is difficult to answer this question to children if you haven't read this lovely storybook by Leo Lionni. People and animals normally store goods for the moments to come, for future needs; they can store good moments too. But only some people can store good moments and share them with their peers in moments of need.
Frederick is a must in all languages.

                                                       
                 




Try these activities to work on the physical aspects of the story while thinking and letting sink in the deep knowledge.

18 Mar 2011

TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE

I like this story, I think it is the best bilingual story
because it is real life: it's what you see when children
from different countries meet. We are mirrors of each other and in this story a tiger and a bear have much more in common than they can imagine.
TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE by Gabriela Rubio
in Ediciones Ekaré.

16 Mar 2011

WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT


Another favourite story is We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (former Children's Laureate)
with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury.





          

The translation into Spanish is also an excellent reading because it is musical, rythmical and very funny too.

Enjoy Michael Rosen telling the story, he's my idol. I want to tell stories just like him!


15 Mar 2011

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

There is a lovely story by Eric Carle titled
The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


I would like you to read it and enjoy it
as much as I still do ever since I first read it.

Enjoy Eric Carle's voice:


And, please, try to work the crafts for this story so that you can learn it by heart or try these pages so that the children can colour in the drawings and become involved further still with this wonderful story.