I recently read a blog post on the ECE NZ Facebook Page about a great little poetry picture book written and illustrated by two NZ'ers - "Feel a Little" written by Jenny Palmer and illustrated by Evie Kemp. It is gorgeous, I found it at Paper Plus (interestingly the local Whitcoulls had never even heard of it or had anything on their data base when I rang them) $24.99 for the sqare hardcover version (not sure if they bring it out in paperback). The "Curious" poem is my personal favourite and I could use this in the Makerspace tomorrow (if I had a Makerspace tomorrow that is......hand over is Thursday this week fingers crossed). All the other poems are good too and not just 'the usual' eg happy, loved, sad and angry but also nervous, confused, worried, jealous, frustrated, shy and even confident, excited and silly......so many emotionals in one colourful and well written book.
As it was a 'buy one get one half price' I needed another one obviously......so 'Fizzy Pop' grabbed my attention or maybe it was the text I read on the first page I opened too.....the story of Lizzy McNay and her fizzy drink addiction....
"Then from her backside
came a fearsome
A fart of such size it set Lizzy in motion.
She shot of the toilet and straight through the ceiling.
She sky rocketed skywards, squawking and squealing..."
She does of course end up on the moon and need saving by her classmates who have to invent a way of saving her......it's so funny and kids of all ages will just love it.
Oh and in the photo is the other two I found and couldn't leave the store without - "Violet the Pilot" (her inventions will take her sky-high) by Steve Breen and "That's not the MONSTER we ordered" by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones. I'll write up some lesson examples and share photos on this blog when I use the books in the maker space so you can get some inspiration!
Remember to contact me if you are keen to come to our open day or for a visitor. I have the opportunity outside of my face to face teaching that I can provide PD or just time for a chat to inform your next steps, the cost is minimal and it will be the best investment you can make.
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.