January 2014 – The Gruffalo

the-gruffaloThe Gruffalo is a children’s book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, that tells the story of a mouse taking a walk in the woods. Read this book with your children and walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake “and “a hungry gruffalo . . .

To continue the children’s love of this story you could take them to visit the Gruffalo trail at Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood.

December 2013 – Do you speak English, Moon?

dysem (Copy)When a little boy decides to talk to the moon, it seems the questions he has are suddenly endless. He wants to know all about what the moon can see and how far his gaze reaches: to the top of a mountain; to the sea and then under it too? He wants to know how many friends the moon has, and if he gets lonely because they’re so far away. He learns the names of the stars as he ventures on his own night time tour of the moonlit sky. The little boy says he gets lonely sometimes, but now he knows the Moon speaks English, they can always talk to each other.

November 2013 – Michael Morpurgo Month

mmbuttrflyMichael Morpurgo Month 2013 sees a month-long celebration of Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful stories, marking his 70th birthday this year. At Bonnygate we will be celebrating this during assemblies and in class. Members of staff will be sharing parts from their favourite Michael Morpurgo stories during assemblies throughout November. Within class children will have to opportunity to read some of his amazing stories and create work linked to them. We will be celebrating a different story theme each week.
Mrs Jarvis began Michael Morpurgo Month on Monday by sharing The Butterfly Lion with the children in assembly.

Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

Mrs Jarvis said, “This is a book full of adventure and you won’t want to put it down, that’s a common theme with Michael Morpurgo books. He has a way of writing that makes you believe that if you put the book down, something big will happen whilst you’re not reading”.

September 2013 – Mr Stink

stinkMr Stink is a book published in 2009 and written by David Walliams and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The book has been adapted as a stage musical and has been made into a television film by the BBC

The Blub says… Chloe is just about the loneliest girl in the world.
But then she meets Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit – but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her. So when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed!
But Chloe’s about to learn that some secrets have a way of leading to disaster. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the nose…