Friday, August 10, 2012

What's for Bedtime?

We're on holiday, and although all routines have changed this one has remained the same.  We read.  We read books, stories, we even listen to interactive stories on the tablet.  Don't worry I will share the apps we use.  As a matter of fact is a new blog feature What's on your Tablet? so watch this space for some really cool child friendly apps.

So what have we taken with us this holiday?
 
Surprise, surprise its Julia Donaldson! How could it be anyone else!?  We're away from home, familiarity are what kids crave.

The Snail and the Whale is such an amazing book.  With her usual rhyme Donaldson makes this book such a fun read.  The snail with "an itchy foot" wants to leave the rock he's been stuck on his whole life.  He hitches a ride from a friendly hunchback whale and together they explore the world.  Until the whale gets into trouble by swimming too close to shore and its up to the little, tiny snail to help him.  


The story is wonderful because it teaches, at the very least, that even when we are small we can be of great help.  Its also a story about friendship and curiosity.

I know I owe you a Greek & Serbian book review.  But since we're on holiday, we're slacking a little!

If you have any books to suggest please let us know.  We love to read!

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3 comments:

  1. Can definitely recommend The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg. It's a brilliant read, written with great rhythm and knowledge of children's speech patterns. A great story and fab illustrations.
    Sara

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  2. Marianna Miltiadou SavvidouAugust 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    The Elmer the patchwork elephant series is also great. it is available in both english and greek (ελμερ ο παρδαλός ελέφαντας)

    Elmer is an elephant ςho has a colourful body, with yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white arranged as a patchwork. He has a cheerful and optimistic personality, and he loves practical jokes.

    The stories are suitable for early exploration of the themes and issues relating to the concept of diversity, as Elmer discovers that when he tries to change his appearance in order to 'blend in' with the other elephants, they no longer recognise him, or accept him as one of their own. This makes Elmer sad, and he experiences how it feels to be treated like an outcast, after being ostracised by his old friends. It's only when it begins to rain, and the grey paint that Elmer has covered himself with starts to disappear, that Elmer's 'true colours' are revealed, much to the surprise and delight of his friends, who preferred his multicoloured and fun loving persona. Following their happy reunion, the elephants reassure Elmer that they love him because of his differences, and not in spite of them, and they celebrate by painting themselves in multi-coloured paint, in recognition of Elmer's unique appearance and personality.

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  3. Marianna Miltiadou SavvidouAugust 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Would recomment Η ΚΟΥΚΛΑ ΠΟΥ ΗΘΕΛΕ ΝΑ ΑΠΟΚΤΗΣΕΙ ΕΝΑ ΜΩΡΟ. A book by a russian writter DEMETER INKIOV about the matrioska dolls. He is a doll maker who is surprised to discover that the doll he made is alive and wants a baby. So he makes one for her to discover that the baby doll also wants a baby and so on....

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