Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - April 2019

Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for April. Nothing foolish about this one. Even though it is a little late!

Hopefully, there is still something useful about this newsletter. I try to keep things varied and ensure that I share something for everyone and keep the themes of the stories as fresh as I can. I take great pleasure in sharing my passion for reading with you and putting out some ideas for the plethora of books and authors that are out there, beyond the ones that are universally known.

For April, I will be sharing some lovely picture books. I have read some absolute beauties recently! Now it is your turn to hear about some of them.

Remember: Picture books aren't just for younger children. There is so much wonder that can be gained from exploring a well created story told with well crafted images.

Thanks for reading!

Mr Watson

EYFS/Y1 Book of the Month

Pandora - Victoria Turnbull

Pandora lives alone in a world of broken things. She makes herself a handsome home from all that people had left behind, but no one ever comes to visit. Then one day something falls from the sky... a bird with a broken wing.

As Pandora nurses the bird back to health it begins to fly away each day, bringing a seed or small plant back with him. Then one day, the bird doesn't come back. Pandora is heartbroken.

However, day by day, things begin to grow. This is a stunning fable of hope and regeneration from critically acclaimed artist Victoria Turnbull.

MR WATSON SAYS: The tale of Pandora the fox is such a delicate story, I think it can be for anyone. The drawings that support the story are beautiful and the story explores the emotions of loneliness and loss are just right for younger children especially. I know that Class 1 really enjoyed sharing it last week.

Y2 / LKS2 Book of the Month

After the Fall - Dan Santat

After the fall, Humpty Dumpty is a broken egg. Life is tough: he's so afraid of heights, he can't even bear to climb onto his bed, or reach his favourite cereal on the top shelf at the supermarket. But one day, fuelled by his passion for bird-watching, he decides to conquer his fears and something amazing happens...

MR WATSON SAYS: After the Fall was shared with me by a headteacher who loves books more than me (Yep, it's true!). He shared it as a story to help you think about, perseverance, resilience and overcoming fears, which is an important message for all of us! Study the way that Humpty sees the world as he tries 'to get back up' - it is an fantastically clever use of drawing and colour...

UKS2 Book of the Month

The Sleeper & The Spindle - Neil Gaiman

A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell - weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future - and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift. Shortlisted for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016

MR WATSON SAYS: Neil Gaiman is one of my absolute favourite authors: Chris Riddell is one of my absolute favourite illustrators. This book is a perfect storm for me. It is magical... the two 'almost' fairy tales are wonderfully blended together and twisted away for the stories we know and love.

Do princesses really need to be saved by a prince?

I think this story offers part of an answer to that.

Author of the Month

Gill lewis

Books by Gill Lewis

Before she could walk, Gill Lewis was discovered force-feeding bread to a sick hedgehog under the rose bushes. Now her stories reflect her passion for wild animals in wild places. She draws inspiration from the many people and animals she has met during her work and travels as a vet, both at home and abroad.

Gill’s first novel Sky Hawk was published to much critical acclaim. It won the UKLA Children’s Book of the Year, Leeds Book Award, Heart of Hawick Book Award, Solihull Book Award, Warwickshire Children’s Book Award, Newton Marasco Green Earth Book Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious Red House Children’s Book Award, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Brandford Boase Award

MR WATSON SAYS: Gill Lewis has a large back catalogue of stories that blend animals, conservation and adventure. My first experience was 'Moon Bear', which my daughter was reading. I was hooked by the setting as it was so unexpected, and it has lead me to 'Running Wild' and 'A Story Like The Wind'.

There is a lot to be gained from reading Gill's books; not too long, pleasantly complex enough to maintain interest and with a tale which will excite and delight.

Bishy's Books

James Bishop

James, our Author PenPal, has sent us his book recommendations and ideas for this month. He is also willing to share his writing tips and techniques and he has said that he would love to share stories with the children - that's pretty cool! We have our own (almost) tame author!

He is writing a book, which may... or may not feature an Evil Scuba Diving Instructor...

For Y1 - Y3, James recommends:

The Creakers - Tom Fletcher

For Y4 - Y6, he suggests:

Nevermoor - Jessica Townsend

James says: "These are authors who are both brilliant at building enchanting and exciting worlds for their stories to live inside."

Thanks to James for these... more next month!

Your Recommendations...

What book adventures have you been on?

Of course this Newsletter shouldn't be just about my choices.

I would love to hear recommendations from you too.

If you have read and enjoyed a book and think that someone else might enjoy it too, then share the name of the book and author with me, along with a brief summary of the plot and why you think someone else would enjoy the book.

Share the love of books.

You can E-mail your ideas, recommendations and reviews to: mike.watson@eagle.lincs.sch.uk

Remember as always, reading is a beautifully subjective thing... if you don't like a book, think about why before giving up.

Might it be worth another chapter?

Do you understand what is happening?

Use these thoughts to shape your future choices.

Mr Watson

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Created with images by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image" Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk

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