Friday, December 17, 2010

19th December Eve Bunting (1928)

Eve Bunting was born in Northern Ireland and moved to the United States with her husband and family in 1958. She started writing after doing a writing course in America and since then has written over 200 books. She writes for a large age range and about a broad range of topics. There is an interview with her here. At this time of year there are many Christmas titles to choose from. Try Night Tree; Cricket Christmas and We Were There. Each of these gives a very different perspective to Christmas from the books we usually read at this time of year. The last two look at insects and their view of Christmas. Have you ever thought about the scorpion or cockroach that were in the stable at the time of the nativity?

Australian author, Libby Gleeson talked about her daughters' reading at a conference I attended and she mentioned how one of her daughters had particularly liked I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert (see the trailer) and I thought how nice that was because I particularly like that book too. In my library as well as this one the three other Eve Bunting books that are the most borrowed are:
* Secret Place illustrated by Ted Rand . This is the story of a family of ducks who a boy finds hidden among the concrete city. A good book to compare and contrast with Colin Thiele's The March of Mother Duck and Narelle Oliver's Home.
* Sunflower House illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. This book is used by Year 1 as part of a unit of work on growing and lifecycles.
* Pop's Bridge illustrated by C.F.Payne. I bought this book this year for our Book Week unit on bridges. It is the story of two boys who have fathers who are part of the team of workers building the Golden Gate Bridge.

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