Book Name: Lost for Words
Author: Natalie Russell
Illustrator: Natalie Russell
Published: 1st March, 2014
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Amazing story to remind us, as adults, not to force children to do something that they are not ready to do, or skilful in; as children, to embrace your OWN talent. Most of us do not discover our talents in a day. With the trial-and-error, you will eventually be amazed to find out your expertise.
Love the characters in this book: TAPIRS, Giraffe, Hippo and Flamingo. Rarely we could see such a distinctive animal to be the main character. A good chance to introduce it to our young ones.
(Don’t judge me, I do not even know this animal’s name until now, not even in my own language. I need some help from parents I suppose!) With the safari-like environment, and those supporting characters, I am guessing the setting is in the Central America. Tell me if I am wrong. It will be great to have an emergent project on Central America (safari) habitats.
Everyone have different talents: As said above, discovery takes time. Encourage children to be patience in finding their uniqueness. Some might find it in their early age, some might be already an adult when they realise. You don’t need to have the same skill as your friends to be friends. (Q&A section)
Friendship: Friends can be from different races, ethic group and family background. you might look different from your friends, physically or intellectually. Doesn’t matter what differences you and your friends have, most importantly, you support each others.
This book was one of the winners under the category of Bookbug Readers (3-7 years old) in 2014 Scottish children’s book awards, together with Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray and Robot Rumpus by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Ross Collins (READ THE NEWS HERE!)
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P.S.: When you read the book to your child/children, try to sing the song that flamingo wrote! They will love it!
P.P.S.: Trying to organise the activities for the last mentioned book – I’m Australian too by Mem Fox. In the mean time, let me introduce more good books.
Activity: after the story, let the class use their way to write something (R-2) better have some guideline