Posts Tagged ‘Yvonne Morrison’

Marmaduke Duck and the Christmas Calamity

By Juliette MacIver

Illustrated by Sarah Davis

ISBN 9781775433903

Scholastic 2016
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Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis are a much-loved team, with Juliette’s funny, quirky tales and Sarah’s delightful illustrations. The tales of Marmaduke Duck are found in every school library and read by hundreds of children and teachers who laugh over the antics of Marmaduke and his companions. The latest adventure is just as funny. Here we meet cheeky wee elves, reindeer and of course Santa himself. I can’t help but smile when I look at Polar Bear. He does seem a bit of a drama queen and more of a worrier than the other animals.

It is a a bit of a calamity when Santa and the reindeer tumble over a cliff and become stuck  in the snow below.  The presents need to be delivered  but Santa is stuck so fast he just won’t be able to make it in time. So ever the helpful duck, Marmaduke and his friends come to the rescue of Christmas.

A funny, feel-good story to share every Christmas.

 

 

A kiwi night before Christmas (Limited edition)

By Yvonne Morrison

Illustrated by Deborah Hinde

ISBN 9781775434276

Scholastic

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The traditional christmas story by Clement C. Moore takes a very Kiwi turn in this reprint of the kiwi classic.

How much more Kiwi can you get with a Christmas that has a bach, sheep and a black t-shirt, gumboot-wearing Santa on a tractor.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all round the bach,

Not a possum was stirring; not one we could catch.

Great to share with young ones and great for teachers to read-aloud for fun. Would also be good to make comparisons with Moore’s original text and compare Christmas in the different hemispheres. Good also to look at kiwiana but just as good to read for fun.

 

Jingle Bells, Rudolph smells (with bonus CD)

By Deano Yipadee

Illustrated by Paul Beavis

ISBN 9781775433859

Scholastic

This is one of those books that children will laugh at over and over again. The familar tune of the chorus makes it easy for children to remember the words to sing along to, with the accompanying CD.

What happens when Santa’s sleigh gets stuck on a roof? Who will help Santa and save Christmas? And what does a smelly reindeer have to do with this? You will just have to read the book to find out but be assured young ones will love it.

Paul Beavis’s illustrations are bright, comical and full of personality.

 

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I have always loved books and reading. Always!  I do also love special gift packages of books. So today I am highlighting a few special ones which will make ideal gifts for Christmas.

 

The Topp Twins Treasury of Sing-along stories

Illustrated by Jenny Cooper

ISBN 9781775434306

Scholastic

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Do your ears hang low?

There’s a whole in my bucket  (My favourite)

The Farmer in the Dell

She’ll be coming round the mountain

Dingle-dangle scarecrow

 

I remember singing these songs as a young child and they had been around for donkeys years before me so it is wonderful to see them beautifully illustrated in picture book format. You can read the stories, laugh out loud at the flying pigs or the goat and chicken as they lament over a hole in their bucket. Or you can just sing along with or without the book in front of you. Available previously as single titles, it is nice to see this compilation. This would make a lovely gift for someone special.

Jenny Cooper’s illustrations seem to be everywhere or perhaps it is because I love her work so much that I search for it them in every bookshop. Just another reason to love this compilation.

Listen along to the CD with brilliant singing from the Topp Twins. Great for a car ride or to sing along with on the drive to school or just sitting in a corner, listening and reading along to the CD on a lazy Sunday.

 

 

The little yellow digger (Book and jigsaw puzzle box set)

Betty and Alan Gilderdale

ISBN 9781775434313

Scholastic

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When digging out a drain, the little yellow digger gets stuck in the mud. So they bring in a bigger digger …

and guess what happens to the bigger digger?

This classic story about a little yellow digger getting stuck in the mud is back in a gorgeous sturdy box set with a 48 piece jigsaw. The pieces are large and perfect for young hands. Great for extending the value of this classic rhyming book and the whole reading experience.  Perfect present for pre-schoolers.

 

Kiwi Corkers

Great New Zealand yarns : small gift bag

ISBN 9781775434269

Scholastic

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A small gift tote filled with five Kiwi Corker tales.

The frog footy player by Chris Gurney

The tuatara and the skink by Yvonne Morrison

The ugly hatching by Yvonne Morrison

The little blue duck by Chris Gurney

The three cattle dogs gruff by Chris Gurney

 

The Kiwi Corker series is very popular in schools and particularly with teachers who use them when looking at traditional stories and  fractured fairy tales. Working in school I know how important it is that children get to know fairy tales. They offer so much and even when reading Young Adult books, there are often references to fairy tales that will be missed if children do not know the basic tales.

Reading these retellings is a fun way to enjoy the stories and reflect on the differences, mostly with the addition of heaps of humour. A very kiwi feel to each story with tuataras, kiwis, and pukeko too. A nice gift to send to family and friends overseas.

I am reminded of  Albert Einstein’s quote about fairy tales.

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Traditional fairy tales or retellings, either way, reading these will be pure fun.

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