Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who was forced into hiding during World War Two, to escape from the Nazis. Together with seven others, she hid in the secret annex, in Amsterdam. Sadly, after more than two years in hiding, they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only one to survive. Anne kept a diary during this time; it was her dream to become a famous writer. After her death, Anne’s dream came true by becoming world-famous because of the diary she wrote, whilst in hiding.

Nikol, in Year 6, thoroughly enjoyed reading  ‘Anne Frank’ by Susanna Davidson, published in 2010 by Usborne. It’s part of the Young Reading Series 3 titles, which are for fully confident readers, who still need to gain the stamina for standard length books. They use advanced sentence structure and vocabulary, and have more complex plots. 

Click on the image to go to kidzbooks, an official Usborne representative, to order the book.

Read on for Nikol’s book review and other Anne Frank teaching suggestions below.

What is the book about?

This book is about a wonderful, strong girl. She had a normal life, then suddenly, Hitler and the Nazis decided to kill of the Jews; Anne was Jewish. At the age of thirteen, Anne and her family had to remain hidden from the Nazis. On her birthday, she got a diary that she wrote in. Unfortunately, she passed away in the concentration camp, in Poland, where she was sent after they discovered the hiding place. Her father published her diary, after she died.

I would recommend this book to everyone around the world! Everyone should see what happened to her and her family.

I found it shocking that for 2 years she couldn’t go out and shout loudly! She was very BRAVE!

I give this book a 5 star rating!  

Nikol (age 10)

More about Anne Frank:

Visit the Anne Frank site and discover more about her life by clicking  HERE . 

Teacher tested and highly recommended, great differentiation comprehension worksheets about Anne Frank can be found on Twinkl.

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Wolf Hill: Hidden Gold

Wolf Hill is an exciting series from Roderick Hunt, illustrated by Alex Brychta, creators of the Oxford Reading Tree. It is designed to provide an easy, supportive and sustained read for those pupils who need to gain confidence and motivation in their reading. The stories will appeal to children aged, approximately, 7-11 and deal with the real-world adventures of a group of friends who live and attend school in an area called Wolf Hill. It’s a great series, highly recommended to emergent and reluctant readers.

Hidden Gold is a Level 1 book from the Wolf Hill series.  Alex (aged 10) really enjoyed reading it and gave it a rating of 4 and a half stars out of 5. Read on to see his book review. 

What can you tell us about the book ? 

Loz and some of her friends have a secret sen that they play at their grandma’s garden. One day they want to put a new carpet in the den. They hear a hollow sound from the floor – it is a secret hiding place. They find some very old coins that are very valuable. A woman who works at a collectibles store tries to trick them, but Mr. Saffrey has a plan! 

I would recommend this book to my friends. It is funny and I like how it ends and how they play a trick on the sneaky woman. 

This book is suitable for ages 7-10. I think people who like mysteries and secret plans will like the book. 

 

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Figurative language posters based on the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Figurative language in literature is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from its literal interpretation.  By being literal we mean exactly what we say. An author is literal when they state facts. When they choose to use figurative language they are often trying to make a literary point by using exaggeration or comparison to appeal to the readers senses. This makes their writing more powerful and vivid.

There are many different types of figurative language. It is very common in poetry but is also used in fiction and non-fiction as well. Our class novel, this first term, is the ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe‘ by C.S.Lewis. A classic children’s book which is as far as I’m concerned, timeless. For novel study, I have created some posters using quotations from the book to aid figurative language understanding and teaching.

The posters use images, from the internet; I have no claim over them whatsoever. This resource has been created  for educational purposes only, to help children become familiar with the world of figurative language.

If this is something that interests you, you can download them for free HERE for your personal use.

Leave a quote below if you find a quote in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe that uses figurative speech and what type it is.

Let’s see how many we can find!

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Socks, Shocks and Secrets Book Review

Socks, Shocks and Secrets is a children’s novel written by Leila Rasheed. It is the second book in the series: The Fantastic Diary of  Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. My pupils this year, especially the girls, absolutely loved reading her books.

Below is a book review from one of my pupils, Katerina, age 11. 

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

Bathsheba, mum, dad, Bathsheba’s friends. I loved the characters, they surprised me what they did.

What was the story about? 

Bathsheba is a child of divorces parents. She does not know her father but when her mum has to leave, Bathsheba has to go and live with her father. After a long time they reside together and get to know each other better. 

Did you learn something form this book and would you recommend it to others? 

I recommend this book to you because it will teach you that there are different ways to see matters. I give it five stars! 

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is J.K. Rowling’ debut novel, the first novel in the Harry Potter series,  first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published a year later in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation. 

The novel won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the US. It has been translated into at least sixty-seven other languages and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name, as have all six of its sequels.

Read this book review by Paris, aged 11, to get a feel of this timeless, classic novel.

Characters:

Harry Potter, who is a brave, new wizard. Mr and Mrs Venom, who give anything to their son and never punish him. Dudley, son of Mr and Mrs Venom, Ronald Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend, who has smart thinking. Dumbledore, Heasdmaster and guardian of Hogwarts.

Plot:

Harry Potter lives with horrible people when he gets mail and realizes he’s a wizard. Harry goes to a magical school called ‘Hogwarts’, which has an entrance invisible to muggles (meaning humans). Dumbledore is protecting a stone at the school, which will make you immortal. There are soul sharing bodies trying to get to the stone. Harry fights one-on-one with just his body. His mother, before dying, gave him a hug which makes the soul in a body suffer from pain, if he just touches Harry. He defended the stone using every power of his, but unfortunately the stone broke.

Opinion:

I love the book because I really like hearing about magic and the sport Quidditch. It is an absolutely amazing adventure book and deserves to be popular.

Recommendation:

I think this book should be read by everyone: adults and children. Not just this book…all of the series! Amazing books!

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Wonder Book Review

Wonder is a children’s novel  about bullying, acceptance and appearance. It is written by Raquel Jaramillo, under the pen name of R. J. Palacio and published in 2012.

Read this book review by Thanasis (aged 11)

Plot:

Wonder is about a fifth grader named August, who was born with a rare facial deformity. After being homeschooled, his parents decide to send him to a school called ‘Beecher Prep’. Though he struggled at first to show his classmates that he is an ordinary kid, he eventually succeeds in proving that there was more to him than meets the eye.

What did you think of the book? 

I liked the book. A scary part is when Aggie is verbally and physically assaulted because of his appearance, one night in the woods, by some seventh graders looking for trouble. I learned that no matter how people look, we’re all the same.

Do you recommend this book? 

I think everyone should read this book, even adults because it teaches a good lesson about acceptance. I give it five stars.

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Mr Stink Book Review

David Walliams is known as the new Roald Dahl and we couldn’t agree more! Such a hilarious, twisted and highly recommended novel for children. Written by David Walliams, published in 2009 and illustrated by Quentin Blake; this is an unforgettable read! 

Click on the image to visit The World of David Walliams and hear a snippet.

Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

The characters were: Mr Stink, Chloe, Elizabeth (the cat), Mother, Annabelle and Rosamund. All the characters were great apart from Rosamund because she was like a bully. Mr Stink made me feel nervous and Chloe just made me feel sad but then happy.

What happens and is it fun to read? 

First, Mr. Stink was homeless. Chloe felt bad for him so she took him to her house and then she slept in the shed in the garden, but the cat didn’t like him. Before Chloe found Mr Stink she was lonely and was bullied. After a week the Mother found out that he was living there and wanted him out of the house. The reason she found out that he was there was because she could smell something really bad.

What did you think of the book? 

I liked the book, my favourite part was when she let Mr Stink in the house, since it was a very nice thing to do. The funny part was when Chloe took Mr Stink into a cafe and then once he was in everyone ran out because he stank so much, so they just got free food.

Did you learn anything? 

I learnt that if there is a homeless person you should do something nice like get them something.

Do you recommend this book and how would you rate it? 

Yes, I recommend the book because it is very exciting and nerve-racking. My star rating for this book is 5 stars.

by Louis (aged 11)

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The book follows the young wizard, Harry Potter, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

When the night bus dashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front if him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Harry Potter. Sirius Black has escaped, mass-murdered and follower of Lord Voldermort. He is on the run and they say that he is after Harry.

The characters in the story made me feel like I wanted to go on an adventure. I really liked all the characters at intense moments.

 

by Andrew L (age 11)

More Harry Potter reviews HERE.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double down, Book 11

The eleventh book in the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney was published on the 1st November 2016.

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his parents want him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything! He comes up with the idea of making a scary movie and become rich in the process. Is this a double good idea or one to cause his double trouble?

The characters are Greg, Manny, Rodrick, Mom, the pig and Dad. I loved them all except the pig who stole Gregory’ s candy. They made me feel proud and happy. There is a little bit of a mix in the story, like it is many small stories in one big one.

I loved reading it, so I’ve read it twice! 

My favourite part in the book was when Greg gets a piece of LEGO stuck on his elbow, so Maddox accuses him of stealing it. There was one scary bit where Rodrick bought a toy witch, for Halloween and when someone make a noise it would start laughing. It went off all the time, which really annoyed Dad, so he took the batteries out. It still went off.

I recommend this book since it is the newest in the series and is fun to read.

If you are a fan of the Wimpy Kid series, check out Jeff Kinney’s site for more! 

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Ideas for dressing up as a book character

Time is ticking…have you found your costume? Here are some fun ideas from Pinterest that you might want to adopt and adapt. Whether it be Carnival, Book Week or Halloween, being someone or something you are not, is so much fun for a day! 

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Here is my pick of top 10 best costumes for book characters. I have chosen simple ones that can be made from your own clothes with a bit of creativity. Homemade ones are my favourite! 

10. From the book ‘If you Give a Mouse a Cookie’ by Laura Joffe Numeroff.

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9. From ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney.

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8. From ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. 

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7. From ‘Popcorn!’ by Elaine Landau.

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6. From ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K.Rowling. 

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5. From ‘Where’s Wally?’ by Martin Handford.

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4. From ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. 

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3. From ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith. 

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2. From ‘Olivia the Pig’ by Ian Falconer. 

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  1. From ‘Fly Guy’ by Tedd Arnold. fly-guy

Which one is your favourite? 

Click here for my costume reveal! 

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Peppi Orfanogianni