Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Quote: Dr. Seuss

Quote: Neil Gaiman

Books by Dr. Seuss

“If you never did you should.
These things are fun and fun is good”
~ Dr. Seuss
One sunny day, while swimming in a pool, my husband and I overheard a lady proclaiming to the world that Dr. Seuss’ books were absurd and should not be read to children. Her reason: incorrect use of the English language. Oh lady, you’ve really missed the whole point, haven’t you?! Here are five reasons you should love Dr. Seuss, including his absurdity:
1. Great for Beginning Readers and Mastering Phonics
A child who is learning to read is learning to connect the sounds that go with letters so that he can then put them together to make words … which then become sentences. Repeating sounds frequently, help a child master this skill. Dr. Seuss is the master of repetitive sounds and engaging stories, while using limited vocabulary—an ideal combination for a beginning reader. A good example: Hop on Pop.
2. Great Read-Aloud Books
Thanks to his clever rhyming, Dr. Seuss’ books sound great when they are read aloud. Did you know that reading to an infant helps with brain development, speech skills, and bonding between parent and child? There are a lot of Dr. Seuss books available in board book format (Bright and Early, Board Books), which are the perfect size and durability for little hands and curious mouths. Example: Put me in the Zoo
3. Great for Reluctant Readers
Sometimes the hardest part of reading is getting your child to read. I think you would be hard pressed to find a child that would not be entertained by the sheer absurdity of Dr. Seuss’s wacky plots and zany characters. Example: I Wish that I Had Duck Feet. Sometimes a little fun and excitement is all that is needed to get kids reading.
4. Great for Teaching Life’s Lessons
With enchanting worlds and wonderful creatures, both familiar and unfamiliar, Dr. Seuss teaches readers many admirable life lessons. Example: The Lorax is a great book for teaching children the importance of taking responsibility for the earth.

Monday, 29 February 2016

New Book by Peter Millett

Johnny Danger by Peter Millett

We are so lucky to have this exciting new book in our library. The very talented author Peter Millett donated a copy of his 2nd book in the Johnny Danger series.

You will find a youtube book trailer, a book review and information about Peter Millett in the links below.

This book is bound to please and you can reserve it now in the library, you will find it in the 'Older Fiction' area between Junior and Senior Fiction.

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Jonathon Dangerfield has pulled off the ultimate prank by fooling M16 and the entire world into believing he's super spy Johnny Danger. It's just his awful older brother Ian who keeps trying to blow his cover.

And now Johnny's friend Tim wants to join their spyteam and his partner Penelope Pounds is furious - she's sure Tim will put their M16 careers in peril.

Armed with a new set of crazy gadgets, the trio set off for a remote jungle village where they go head to head with an old foe.

But will they make it out alive?


Johnny Danger (Youtube)

Author Peter Millett

Johnny Danger -Lie another day by Peter Millett (Youtube)

Johnny Danger review by booktrailers4kidsandya

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Leap Day

2016 is Leap Year. In February 2016 we enjoy an extra day February 29

Leap Year

  • A normal year has 365 days.
  • Leap Year has 366 days (the extra day is the 29th of February).

How to know if a year is a Leap Year:

Leap Years are any year that can be evenly divided by 4 (such as 2012, 2016, etc)
except if it can can be evenly divided by 100, then it isn't (such as 2100, 2200, etc)
except if it can be evenly divided by 400, then it is (such as 2000, 2400)


Because the Earth rotates about 365.242375 times a year ...
... but a normal year is 365 days, ...
... so something has to be done to "catch up" the extra 0.242375 days a year.

  • So every 4th year we add an extra day (the 29th of February), which makes365.25 days a year. This is fairly close, but is wrong by about 1 day every 100 years.
  • So every 100 years we don't have a leap year, and that results in 365.24days per year (1 day less in 100 year = -0.01 days per year). Closer, but still not accurate enough!
  • So another rule says that every 400 years is a leap year again. This gets us365.2425 days per year (1 day regained every 400 years = 0.0025 days per year), which is close enough to 365.242375 not to matter much.