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!
EYFS/Y1 Book of the Month
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, 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
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
Created with images by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image" Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk