The Wheels on the Bus
By Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt
The Wheels on the Bus combines lively pictures with a classic rhyme that's easy for parents and carers to recognise and recite. Young children will adore searching the page for flaps to open while singing along as the big bright bus trundles along. The spotting game at the end is a great incentive to go through the pages once again until each tiny thing is found! Nursery Rhymes are important stepping stones to language development. The rhymes usually tell a story, too, with a beginning, a middle and an end. This teaches children that events happen in sequence, and they begin to follow along. Nursery rhymes are also full of repetition making them easy to remember, and often become some of a child's first sentences. Also available: Hey Diddle Diddle, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Old Macdonald had a Farm
World War I
By Paul Dowswell
This book looks at the curriculum history of World War I, through a series of poems from the time. Each poem covers a different topic such as daily wartime living, life in the trenches and attitudes towards patriotism and religion. The backgrounds to each poem and poet is given, together with an explanation of what each poem is about. Features poems by Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, W.B. Yeats, A.A. Milne, John Freeman, Rupert Brooke, August Stramm, J.C. Squire, Madeline Ida Bedford, Marc de Larreguy de Civrieux and Wilfrid Gibson.
The White Giraffe Series: White Giraffe Box Set
By Lauren St John, David Dean
All four White Giraffe stories by BLUE PETER AWARD-winning author Lauren St John, beautifully packaged in a presentation gift box.Martine is eleven when she goes to live on a game reserve in South Africa. One night she looks out of her window and sees a giraffe - silver, tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. In that instant, she knows that she is prepared to risk everything for it, and her thrilling adventures as the child who can ride the white giraffe begin.Join Martine in these heart-warming stories, as she discovers her special gift of healing, rescues beached dolphins in the islands of Mozambique, saves the world's rarest leopard in Zimbabwe, and learns the secrets of Namibian elephants. These are books full of charm and atmosphere and stunning African landscapes, which will enchant animal lovers everywhere.
Walking With My Iguana
By Brian Moses
A highly entertaining listen as well as an essential classroom and library resource, this audio collection features approximately 40 poems performed by some of the UK's top children's poets. The focus is on poems that come to life in performance and meet the needs of the classroom teacher particularly at KS2 in terms of delivering the Literacy Hour requirements for poetry. Paul Cookson, Michael Rosen, Andrew Fusek Peters, Pie Corbett, Wes Magee, and John Rice are just some of the outstanding poets that are included, and strongly represented are poets and poems from ethnic minorities whose work is more readily appreciated in performance than on the printed page eg John Agard, Valerie Bloom, Debjani Chatterjee and Adisa.Brian Moses, the doyen of performance poets for children especially in schools, has compiled this collection to not only demonstrate the richness and excitement of poetry (many of the poems are accompanied by atmospheric music and sound effects) but to meet a wide variety of curriculum needs. An accompanying book provides all the poems in written form and notes for teachers are provided on www.hodderwayland.co.uk.
By Margaret Mahy, Peter Bailey
Witches, mermaids, dragons, a dog who plays the violin, a girl who finds a dinosaur egg and a boy who wanted the world to be flat - all these and more appear in this book of stories and poems by a born storyteller. Written with warmth and a gentle humour, they read aloud beautifully and are rich in surprises and imaginative twists. First published in l972 as 'The First Margaret Mahy Storybook', many of these stories have been loved so much that they have appeared in many anthologies - and in many countries - over the years. They are now freshly presented with charming line drawings by Peter Bailey.