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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!)

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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 

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The importance of literacy in early childhood education

I was reading this fabulous guest post from Pages and Margins about the effect of the environmental factor (having a reading habit atmosphere) to early childhood education and I can’t wait to share with you. Link is just at the end of the post.

I am not a parent myself. But I am so glad to read what parents, who love to read, think about literacy. More importantly, us as a teacher, would really love all the parents on board, so that it does not only help children to build up their communication skills, but also add fun and ideas to their dramatic play, provide practical information to their lives and build up their creativity!

I am so proud of those parents who give their child(ren) 110% support in early childhood education. That is not easy, friends.

Remember to check the link below to see WHAT THE PARENTS THINK ABOUT LITERACY!

Vagrantgirl xx

The Influence of Books in Early Childhood by Katie Fitzgerald During the past few months, I have read two wonderful vintage books about the influence of reading on families with young children. Annis Duff’s Bequest of Wings (1944) is a lovely reflection on her family’s relationship to all different books as her children grew from […]

via A Reading Life: {Guest Post} The Influence of Books in Early Childhood — Pages and Margins