You will all now have received several book bags and we hope that you and
your child have been enjoying the books. Certainly the comments on the
parent and child response forms have generally been very positive. We have
had some super pictures come back. Although none of the photographs have
been processed yet, we look forward to seeing them. Do make sure you use
the camera and take at least six photographs when you get a camera home.
We will feature some of the photographs in the next newsletter
TAKE A TURN, DADS
Some of the books in the Home from Hillhead scheme have been specially
chosen to appeal to boys. Books on construction site machines and
dinosaurs are usually of interest to boys. From the responses received
about the books we can see that lots of mums have been doing the reading
and getting responses from their child. We have had some really good
responses. Even one or two Dads have taken a turn.
There has been a great
deal of research in to why boys tend not to do so well at school. The
importance of showing young boys a good male role model who takes an
interest in reading things has been identified. Through this exposure,
young boys will develop more positive attitudes about reading. So get Dad,
granddad or even an older brother to do the reading for a change. This
simple act may well have long-term benefits for your child. Reading books
is for men too!
Books in the Home from
The books in the Home from Hillhead collection have been chosen to
represent a wide variety of types of children’s books, which will appeal
to a broad range of nursery pupils. They are:
A Squash and a Squeeze
by Julia Donaldson
This story shows how the advice from a few farmyard animals and a wise old
man enables a little old lady to find that her house isn't so small after
Poor Lulu the hen, can't sleep - she is worried. But Lulu need not worry.
Her mother is there to keep her safe and soothe away her fears.
Scoop the Digger!
Scoop the digger boasts that he has the most important job on the building
site. When he gets stuck in cement however, Scoop is forced to swallow his
pride and ask for help. The story conveys the message of working as a
Rosie's Walk by Pat
When Rosie the hen sets off for a stroll she is unaware of the
distinctly fox-shaped shadow that's following her. But luckily for Rosie,
her follower is a bit clumsy.
Five Minutes' Peace by
This is a story about Mr and Mrs Large who are elephants. In this book,
Mrs Large attempts to have five minutes' peace.
I'll Show You, Blue Kangaroo!.
by Emma Chichester
Clark Lily has been a bit naughty. But she goes too far with the baby on
the see-saw and poor Blue Kangaroo is left clinging to a branch, with the
stuffing hanging out of his tail. Just when is Lily ever going to be good?
"I'll show you, Blue Kangaroo!" she says:
Topsy and Tim Have a Birthday Party
Topsy and Tim Go to the Doctor
Go to the doctor by Jean and Gareth Adamson.
Twins Topsy and Tim are involved in two real life experiences.
Dinosaurs Galore! by
Giles Andrea and David Wojtowycz This is a swampland adventure where
you can meet silly Diplodocus, larger-than-life Gigantosaurus, and the
infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex
The Slimy Book
by Babette Cole
The pages of this book are packed with every imaginable sort of slime,
from slimy pockets to slimy limbs and even fat ladies rubbing slime into
One of the writers featured in our packs is Babette Cole. Her books often
look at topics, which might embarrass or be seen as ‘unmentionable’ to an
adult reader. “The Slimy Book” takes a look at some of the slimy,
unpleasant things that can be found. Babette Cole has written a large
number of books, which are often slightly controversial. Her books deal
with a range of issues for a variety of age groups. Topics cover smelly,
slimy things, the onset of puberty (Hair in Funny Places) and the facts of
life (Mummy Laid an Egg).
Hillhead nursery pupils
have enjoyed The Slimy Book. Declan enjoyed reading it and ‘especially the
“fat ladies rub slime on their skin” page!’ Coran loved the “yucky
pictures” Below you can see some of the slimy things the nursery learners
have drawn as a response to the book.
Declan's slimy monster
Jack Duncan's snail
Jack Duffy's monster