Thursday, June 24, 2010

25th June Ursula Dubosarsky (1961)

Ursula Dubosarsky is an Australian author with a wide audience. She writes novels for secondary students, primary students and even for the children I teach as she has authored many Aussie Nibbles and Aussie Bites. She has two very informative non- fiction books about words that every teacher of spelling will learn amazing things from, The Word Spy (The Word Snoop in the USA) and The Return of the Word Spy.

In the Prep Library she is known for her picture books especially Rex, and her new Early Childhood Award shortlisted book The Terrible Plop. These two have the children riveted at storytime. On Ursula's website there is an e-book of The Terrible Plop that is well worth listening to and watching. You even get to choose the reader and the language it is read in. If it is the Book of the Year it will be a very worthy winner. The rollicking rhyme and rhythm of the text together with the cheeky illustrations make it such fun.

And today's refugee title is Ali the Bold Heart by Jane Jolly and Elise Hurst. This story is based on the life of an Iranian refugee who performed as a magician in Iran before escaping to a to a life that he expected would be safe and free, only to find himself 'locked up behind wire as sharp as tiger's teeth.' There are teacher's notes for this book at Jane Jolly's website.

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