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Books newly acquired this academic year 2014-2015

First of all we chose some traditional tales from around the world. This will be a focus for the Reception class.

How the stars fall into the sky This is a retelling of the traditional Navajo American-Indian tale. It features the first woman and the trickster character, the coyote.

The first woman tried to write the history of the world with the stars in the sky. Coyote offered to help, but got bored and just flung the stars up above him. This explains why today our world is disorganized and chaotic.





How tiger got his stripes

We have purchased several more titles which explain why things are like they are in the world. For example, this story from Vietnam tells us why tigers have stripes.





Why the sky is far awayFrom the beginning of time, people have wondered about the sky. Here is another folktale about why we can’t touch the sky. This story is from Nigeria and has an important moral message for us.




The name of the tree

In a drama played out among animals large and small, weak and strong, it is the humble tortoise, slow but determined who finds a way to save the others and himself from a terrible fate.



How chipmunk got his stripes

Another “How did it happen?” story. When Bear could not stop the sun rising as he had bragged, he scratched chipmunk on the back. This is what happens when a little squirrel teases a bear. Ever since then, the squirrel scratched by the bear, has been known as a chipmunk. This is an example of a pourquoi tale.



The clever monkeyWhen two greedy jungle cats discover a large piece of cheese, they can't decide how to divide it fairly. The clever monkey comes to their rescue. Or so they think. After reading this trickster tale from West Africa, you will think twice before asking a monkey for help.




The green frogsTwo green frogs love disobeying their mother. They always do the opposite of whatever she tells them to do—they stay in bed when she wakes them, they make a mess when she asks them to clean.

They feel so guilty they decide to obey her last wish.


First strawberries

A Native American Cherokee legend. A husband and wife quarreled, but the sun sent tempting strawberries to Earth and they were consoled by the delicious fruit and forgave each other.





firekeeper sonIn Korea in the early 1800s, news from the countryside reached the king by means of signal fires. On one mountaintop after another, a fire was lit when all was well. If the king did not see a fire, that meant trouble, and he would send out his army. When his father is unable to light the fire one night, young Sang-hee must take his place. Sang-hee knows how important it is for the fire to be lit-but he wishes that he could see soldiers . . . just once. The  story of a turning point in a child's life.



John makes a wish

Joha finds a magic stick and learns that you don't always get what you wish for. In this tale from the Middle East readers are asked to think about what they wish for.




What about meEd Young turns a fable into a treat in this tale about a boy who is just looking for a little bit of knowledge! Told he can have knowledge if he gets the Grand Master a carpet, he begins a journey on which everyone-from Spinner to Goatkeeper-tells him their problems. What about me? they demand. In the search for the answers, the boy discovers he has all the knowledge he needs.

A wonderful, circular tale that makes a terrific read-aloud, What About Me? is also a story with a wise moral.




On the same day in marchOn the Same Day in March by Marilyn Singer looks at the weather in different parts of the world. This is a good introduction for students to understand that not each place is experiencing the same weather at the same time and that the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere experience weather at the opposite times of the year.

Other weather books are listed below.




Weather forecasting

Kids will construct and use their own weather equipment. Under the friendly guidance of meteorologist Mark Breen (the author of the book), they analyze increasingly complex information and sharpen their forecasting skills.






Weather instruments

A language arts emphasis on learning about the weather and the instruments we use to measure all aspects of weather. Students will use a lot of new weather related vocabulary.






Rumble boomDescribes the process of how thunderstorms can form. Also includes explanations of downdrafts, storm cells, supercells, electric energy, thunder, lightning, squall lines, hail, and wind bursts.





Weather whysThis book answers a young child's questions about weather in a fun-filled, entertaining way. Why can't I see fog? Why do some places have hurricanes? Answers to questions like these show how weather affects the way we live.





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Will I need my umbrella?  Will it be really hot today?
These are the questions weather forecasters answer every day. They can tell us what the weather is doing at any time of the day or night. But how do they do it?
Weather Forecasting tells how. With straightforward text and colorful pictures, this behind-the-scenes look at a modern weather station answers basic questions kids ask most, and makes weather forecasting more fun and accessible than ever.

We have recently received a small shipment of titles which were carefully selected to meet the needs of the curriculum.

Two of the new titles were by Tana Hoban:

The Look Book which will keep readers guessing what the glimpse of the photograph on the next page actually is as well as a book for mathematics, More, Fewer, Less. This author has written so many wonderful titles for young children.

Several grammar books were also purchased because although we have a good collection of English language titles, these few present the information in an easily accessible way.

Grammar, grades 5-6 by Kelley Wingate and The ins and outs of Prepositions: A guidebook for ESL students by Jean Yates. Another more advanced grammar book, intended for teachers was also among the new titles, Advanced Learners by Alan Maley.

A title to help Grade ones think more about images, Animation!: Make your own moving images by Lesley Dawes shows them how to make zoetropes and other old-fashioned toys such as flip books.

Another title for teachers called Literacy through Literature by Terry Johnson, helps teachers think of fun and different activities to set students after they have read books. By reading more children’s literature, students will improve their English and learn to pronounce the words correctly.

Another picture book, Stuck by Oliver Jeffers highlights the value of determination. A young boy gets his kite stuck in a tree, and he goes to extreme lengths to get it down again. The story is very humorous because of the such ineffectual things he does to get his kite back. Of course, he does get it back eventually, but how?


If Everybody Did by Jo Ann Stover, This book was purchased to show students that if everybody does the wrong thing, we will all be in trouble. For example, if everybody threw their rubbish into the road, the roads would be impassable. This text discourages us from thinking, ”I’ll just do it once. I’m just one person, it won’t matter.”

What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick, Very similar in theme to the first book, but just depicts more every day and plausible scenarios.

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students by Brookhart, Susan M., This is a teachers’ reference title, which emphasizes the importance of giving relevant and timely feedback. It has been shown that students who are given helpful feedback, learn more quickly and improve the standard of their work.

Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres by Tana Hoban, This is one of several titles purchased,which are by this author. They are written for the younger students. This book which shows photographs of different 3-D shapes that children could see in their environment, will be used for the mathematics strand, Shape and Space.

I Read Signs by Tana Hoban, This title will be used by kindergarten students as they explore the different ways we communicate – in this case through the use of signs and symbols. The photographs are very well done.

Secrets of Animal Survival from the National Geographic, This title will be used by students to learn more about how animals have adapted to survive in different habitats over time.


Several titles to help our art teachers plan our art units for next year have been purchased:

Emphasis Art: A Qualitative Art Program for Elementary and Middle Schools (9th Edition) by Robert Clements

Art Is Fundamental: Teaching the Elements and Principles of Art in Elementary School by Eileen Prince

When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene, A fun book that can be used by the art teachers or the maths teachers

How to Have Healthy Eyes for Life! By Paul Ernes, This book was purchased for high school students who are studying the human body and needed more information about eye care.

The Kids' Guide to Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe, and Get Along by Naomi Drew, A title purchased for a unit of work on conflict resolution.

Let's Be Enemies by Janice Udry, A book for younger children who declare themselves to be enemies, but as they have fun together they soon forget their differences.

Dealing With Choices (Conflict Resolution Library) by Elizabeth Vogel, Another title for this unit of work which focuses on the fact that we can choose to avoid conflict, it is up to us.

Early Childhood Adventures in Peacemaking: A Conflict Resolution Activity Guide for Early Childhood Educators by William Kreidler

We Can Get Along: A Child's Book of Choices by Lauren Payne, Two more titles on the subject of conflict resolution.

True Stories in the News: A Beginning Reader, 3rd Edition by Sandra Heyer

Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends by Jan Brunvand, In our search for interesting and varied written material for our students to read to practice their English, we have purchased these titles.

Discovering Orff: A Curriculum for Music Teachers by Jane Frazee

Kodály Today: A Cognitive Approach to Elementary Music Education by MichealHoulahan, These are two long awaited titles for the music teacher explaining a couple of the most important approaches to music education – Orff and Kodaly

Lesson Plans for Creative Dance: Connecting With Literature, Arts, and Music by Sally Carline

Creative Dance for All Ages: A Conceptual Approach by Ann Green Gilbert, These two titles are for the PE teacher who next year will be trying some creative dance. Students will not be taught particular steps or movements, but will be encouraged to respond to music or other stimuli in a creative way.

Energy Island: How one community harnessed the wind and changed their world by Allan Drummond, This is a very popular book because it has opened the students’ eyes as to the possibility of a whole community making electricity without using fossil fuels.

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea, This one will assist young children to decide on the difference between living and non-living things.

Maybe Yes, Maybe No by Dan Barker, Purchased to help children work through the decision-making process.

The Paper Crane (Reading Rainbow Books) by Molly Bang

Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate

Anatole and the Cat by Eve Titus

How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Friedman

The Money We'll Save by Brock Cole

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee, Six new picture books intended for reading aloud sessions to young children

Mathematical Knowledge for Primary Teachers by Jennifer Suggate, One of several titles to help teachers understand modern mathematics and how it should be taught

Silence by Lemniscates

Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids by Maude RogiersSeveral, Interesting books to help student reflect on their behaviour

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