Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for May - 'Isolation Edition III'.
It would seem that lock-down is beginning to ease off now, so perhaps it is time to reflect on the experience both as a person and as a reader. I have been able to get through 10+ books and that's not including a couple I started and decided that they weren't for me, right now. I will as always revisit them, as it is unusual for me not to revisit a book that didn't quite hook me the first time.
So, my message again for this month stays much the same as the previous two. Take time out to slow down and read. It doesn't matter what you read, but read. Share stories together, which each other, look at the pictures, create your own pictures, write stories - whether they are true to life or not, but it is stories that make us who we are.
All learning, can be considered as stories - the story of people long ago, the story of how a landscape is created or how people came to live there, the story of belief, the story of how things work and behave... the better storytellers we become and the more stories we can tell - the better people we can become!
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.
EYFS Book of the Month
Let's go on a LIFESIZE prehistoric adventure!
The second interactive non-fiction adventure from bestselling picture book star, Sophy Henn.
Step into the book to see how YOU measure up against some of the world's most incredible, ginormous, deadly dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. This interactive non-fiction adventure features LIFESIZE illustrations so you can try on a Utahraptor's claw, compare your nostrils with a Diplodocus, see how a Stegosaurus plate would look on your back, wear a Pteranodon's beak, and much, much more. And don't forget to open up the fold-out pages to reveal a LIFESIZE Tyrannosaurus Rex mouth that's over a metre long! ROAR!
This huge, playful book is the perfect introduction to dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures for Jurassic World fans and young dinosaur enthusiast
MR WATSON SAYS: I make no apology... It isn't that long since I recommended Sophy Henn's other book Lifesize, but this is fab and as young children seem so often to love all things Dinosaur - this is a winner. Get an idea for just how big (or small) they actually were! I loved it - and I am pretty sure adults and children of all ages will too!
KS1 Book of the Month
An unlikely friendship between Miss Bandari and Mr Magarmach forms when the pair meet under the great plum tree, deep in the heart of India. Mr Magarmach is old and his hunting days are over but Miss Bandari loves hearing his stories as they munch plums together. One day their friendship is tested but with courage, trust and forgiveness they discover that living happily together tastes just as sweet as Miss Bandari’s golden plums.
The story of the monkey and the crocodile is a fable from the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of animal fables dated to 300 BCE. But it’s a tale from around the world and versions can be found in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, China, Japan and the Caribbean..
I had the pleasure of reading this story for TinyOwl and their #FlyWithTinyOwl Series.
MR WATSON SAYS: This is a timeless fable of wisdom and foolishness, of pride and greed. It is told in a light and refreshing manner that you can't fail to love it. Beautiful storytelling and artwork have combined to make a story to delight readers... just a lovely story.
UKS2 Book of the Month
Who is the mysterious bloodstained man who stops their coach?
Why is no one around when Lance and the rest of Year Six arrive at the brand new Crater Lake activity centre?
But this is just the beginning of the school trip from hell; a fight for survival that sees five pupils band together to save their classmates from an alien fate far worse than death.
But whatever happens, they must Never. Ever. Fall asleep!
MR WATSON SAYS: It’s not easy to write scary stories and it’s even harder to write genuinely funny ones, but Jennifer Killick does both brilliantly. The kids on the Y6 school trip to Crater Lake have to stay awake to stay safe .
Brilliant stuff. Made me laugh out loud in several places and there are some wonderful words of wisdom hidden in among the adventures too. I'll be reading more Jennifer Killick books in the future.
Perfect for confident Y4 reader, and for UKS2 - If you claim 'You Don't Like Reading', read this... I reckon it might just change your mind!
Oh, and it will teach you a cool new game too...
Author of the Month
Created with images by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image" Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk Other links - credited.