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Lost for words – Natalie Russell

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Book Name:      Lost for Words
Author:              Natalie Russell
Illustrator:        Natalie Russell
Publisher:         MacMillan
Published:        1st March, 2014

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What do I like about this book?

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.

Extra information:
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!)

Want to know how much others appreciate this book?

Want some for information about Tapirs?
National Geographic

Want to listen to the book?
By Natalie Russell the Author

Vagrantgirl xx

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 

Posted in Children books, Mem Fox

Mem Fox – I’m Australian too

I'm Australian Too - Mem Fox

Book Name:      I’m Australian too
Author:              Mem Fox
Illustrator:        Ronojoy Ghosh
Publisher:         Scholastic Australia
Published:        1st March, 2017

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What do I like about this book?
I read the latest post from littleBIGreads about this book and I am absolutely loving it! If you want to have a sneak peek of the book, scroll down to the bottom and I have already attached a Youtube link for you. But I am telling you, I am definitely buying this book because of a few reasons:

  • love how it presents Australia as a cultural diverse country and we are proud of it
  • prefect book for Harmony day
  • Even children as young as 3 years old, I am going to read this book again and again to them because the pictures are attractive and the story relates to their lives
  • love to introduce this book to my Reception – Year 2 class, explaining and exploring their own history and important events of different cultures
  • Love the use of words and sentence structures: Rhymes and repeat phases
  • Lots of Australian use of words to make children feel familiar
  • Raise children awareness in current affairs – Refugee: “If your country let me in”; Syria: “But then we have to flee.”
  • Love the illustration: the use of colours plus it is very Australian like! (Outback / City / beaches / different cities in Australia / varieties of food…)


There are a lot of reasons pushing me to own this fantastic book and my brain has been filled up with activities ideas based on it. I can’t wait to share them with you soon.

If you would love to buy the book like I do, Mem Fox’s website have the button BUY NOW and it will bring you to another pop up website. It is safe and secure!

Coming up next: Very High possibility on activity (maybe activities) for this book!

Vagrantgirl xx