Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for the merry month of March.
I do hope that you are continuing to find these little literary collections interesting, inspiring and enlightening. I take great pleasure in sharing my passion for reading with you and sharing some ideas about the amazing books and authors that are out there.
This month, I am going back to sharing some straightforward great stories. I have read some beauties recently! Now it is your turn to hear about some of them.
Whether you share the books with your children or if you encourage them to read them for themselves, it doesn't matter. I would simply like to see children get the opportunity to develop the breadth and depth of books that they have access to.
You can use the 'Book Sorter' activity to look at some different book reviews and choices if you don't know what to choose.
All of the books in the Book Sorter have been added by children. Now you can find out what other children have recommended. Just click on the coloured boxes and drag your choices into the Book Sorter.
EYFS/KS1 Book of the Month
Tom and his dad are good at making things. Their inventions start out simple, but they quickly become bigger, faster, crazier - and they almost always involve wheels. But then Dad loses his job, and everything changes. Sadness clouds the house like a winter sky. That is, until Tom comes up with a brilliant plan that takes their amazing vehicle inventions and creates something astounding - something the world has never seen before . . .
An emotionally charged and highly imaginative book that explores themes of love and support between children and their parents but is also great fun, with incredible inventions, crazy contraptions and a wonderfully inspiring pioneering spirit at its heart.
MR WATSON SAYS: This is a lovely picture book story about the power of imagination, love and family. Utterly heart warming and powerful. Tom and his dad, have it all, seem to lose everything and then find a spark to reinvigorate their lives. Well worth a read.
LKS2 Book of the Month
This is a story about a boy named Kester. He is extraordinary, but he doesn't know that yet. All he knows, at this very moment, is this:
1. There is a flock of excited pigeons in his bedroom.
2. They are talking to him.
3. His life will never be quite the same again...
A captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages.
MR WATSON SAYS: This is the first book in a trilogy by the author. I am really enjoying the second one currently. Kester is an interesting and unusual character, who faces a great many challenges that he has to work hard to overcome. If you are a reader of adventure, and have a passion for animals and animal welfare, this could very well be worth a read.
UKS2 Book of the Month
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understands everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder.
For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets.
'I don't know when I last read a book with such pure and unalloyed pleasure. It's ingenious, it's moving, it's charming, it's beautiful, it's exciting, and most importantly the characters are people I feel I know like old friends. I thank Jakob Wegelius wholeheartedly for giving me several hours of joy' -- Philip Pullman
MR WATSON SAYS: This is 588 pages of brilliance. A long book, but it reads much more quickly than you expect. I will offer a small warning, there is a small element of this book that a more sensitive reader may find upsetting, but if you are ready for a challenging read that takes you on a journey around the world with Sally Jones, full of drama, intrigue, mystery and adventure - then this is the gorilla for you!
...and if that's not enough, find out more about Sally Jones and where she came from in this gorgeous prequel.
Author of the Month
Created with an image by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image" Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk