Piranha’s Don’t Eat Bananas

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Brian loves bananas. Trouble is, Brian’s a piranha.

And his friends aren’t happy about his fondness for fruit…

‘What’s wrong with you, Brian? You’re a piranha.’

And what don’t Piranhas eat? VEGETABLES…

 

This becomes very clear in Aaron Blabey’s new picture book. Unless you’re Brian that is, because he is a vegetarian. He is on a quest to convert his carnivore friends.

Once again the best selling author has delivered a cheeky and colourful story that is sure to entertain and get a few laughs.

After reading and re reading ‘Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas’ the grade twos took to creating their own piranhas using templates, coloured paper and fine line markers. They all tried to add their own individuality through different facial expressions, features and speech bubbles…

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Thelma the Unicorn

thelma-the-unicornThelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

Thelma the beige pony is sad. More than anything in life, she wants to be a unicorn. A ‘pink’ unicorn with ‘sparkles.’

Ottis the donkey likes her just the way she is, but thelma isn’t swayed. She ties a carrot to the top of her nose and hopes against hope that maybe one day, she’ll be pink and sparkly. Sometimes you get what you want wish for and miracles can truly happen.

When a freak accident makes Thelma’s unlikely wish come true, she can never imagine how quickly a horse’s life can change… Thelma quickly rises to fame, but does she really want all the intention? Or would she be happier as her old self again?

Thelma the unicorn is about just being yourself because that’s the best thing you can be. Your real friends will accept you just as you are, imperfections and all. It takes Thelma a little while to discover this, as she finds that pretending to be something that she is not isn’t easy and it isn’t necessarily fulfilling either.

After listening to Aaron Blabey read his book Thelma the Unicorn we got very creative and drew our own unicorns. To help us we had a step by step instruction sheet. To create our version of Thelma we sketched, outlined, used water coloured pencils, glitter sequins and sparkles.

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We have some very talented artists in grade two! Here’s a few samples of Thelma pretending to be a unicorn and Thelma after her wish came true…

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Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

pearl barley and charlie parsley book coverPearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends, but couldn’t be more different if they tried. While Pearl Barley is loud and boisterous and talkative, Charlie Parsley is quiet and shy and likes to sit and ponder. While Pearl likes to take risks and solve mysteries, Charlie likes to take baths and watch his garden grow.

They are opposite in almost every way, but these differences help them to appreciate and look after each other.

You see, when Pearl needs a rest from her busy, loud life, Charlie is there to bring her a mug of warm milk in bed with his ‘lovely bedside manner’. And when Charlie is feeling down, Pearl uses her crazy antics to cheer him up.

This book is not only a beautifully written, easy to read, it’s a fun, loving story, with engaging characters that are easy to identify with. It is great to read to young children as a starting point for talks about different personalities and how to be kind and look after each other, how to celebrate differences and allow ourselves to be exactly who we are, knowing that our true friends will always be there for us.

After reading the story we created a venn diagram showing how Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are different but still have some qualities that are the same.

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We then got the grade twos to pair up and create a venn diagram with their partner showing the things they have in common and things they like that are different. There was lots of discussion and laughter as the pairs drew and wrote on their venn diagram. It was a great sharing activity and a way to get to know each other better.

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Pig the Pug…

pig-the-pug bookcoverPig the Pug is Aaron Blabey’s short listed book for Book of the Year in the Early Childhood category…

Pig is a selfish pug. Poor old sausage dog Trevor cops the brunt of his greed over food and most especially over toys.

When the ever-patient Trevor suggests ‘sharing’ the toys because it might be fun, Pig flips his wig and has a full on tantrum…Pig gets what is coming to him in the most glorious, amusing way. Hopefully Pig has learned his lesson…

pig the fibber bookcoverSince Pig the Pug was published in 2014, Aaron has put pen to paper again this year to bring back the naughtiest pug. This time though Pig, the world’s greediest pug, is telling big lies….

Pig’s a bit of a fibber and likes to tell lies that gets his friend sausage dog Trevor into trouble. Poor Trevor gets blamed for a messy house, breaking a vase and chewing on a dress. However, soon Pig learns that telling lies comes with consequences.

Will he ever change his ways? You’ll have to read the book to find out…

The brilliant, funny illustrations in these two picture books will have every reader, regardless of age, both laughing with delight, and wanting to adopt that crazy pug and his good friend Trevor. Our fingers are crossed that ‘Pig the Pug’ wins this years Early Childhood Book of the Year for Aaron Blabey.

Our activity this week to design our own pugs using templates. The grade twos enjoyed this activity as they were able to add their own individual touch to their pug. Here’s just a few of the pugs and their creators…

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The Dreadful Fluff

the dreadful fluff book coverThe Dreadful FLUFF by Aaron Blabey

Well? Wouldn’t you be absolutely horrified if you found FLUFF in your belly button? You see Serenity Strainer is ‘perfect’ – just soooo perfect that finding such thing was just too dreadful,” ‘That can’t possibly be mine!’ she said. ”

Just as Serenity may have imagined, such a thing is actually quite evil … cue a fabulous illustration of the evil, eye ball popping, tongue-lolling ball of fluff on the end of her finger!

What follows is a series of fabulously quirky pages, as we follow Serenity tearing around after the ‘evil fluff’ as it creates mayhem and devastation through out her house … nothing and no one gets in its way!

This Aaron Blabey picture book caused quite a stir amongst the grade twos…they either loved it or were totally grossed out by the dreadful fluff. They did have a lot of fun making images of the dreadful fluff though. Here’s a few samples…

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The Bad Guys – episode one

the bad guys book coverThe Bad Guys – episode 1 by Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey has worked his magic once again using bold humour and eye popping mischievous illustrations to bring to life some off the wall characters in The Bad Guys – Episode one.

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! 

 

Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?

Poor wolf, the mastermind of this scheme, has a huge challenge ahead of him because the other three just want to eat everything. But he is determined to twist his own fairytale and change his reputation…

After reading most of the book the grade twos were given the task of predicting the next part of the story. It involved cartoon drawing, speech bubbles and a good imagination. The grade twos were up to the task and here’s a selection of their work.

The final pages of the book were read to twos and they were surprised with the real reaction from Mr Snake, Mr Shark and Mr Piranha. Throughout the book we laughed, sat spellbound and enjoyed the humour. There was applauding at the end and the only regret the grade twos had was that they had to wait for the next episode… It’s their favourite Aaron Blabey book so far 🙂

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Learning about BOOKS

MyStory App IconThis week we had a play with the My Story app. My Story combines drawing, stickers, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy, language development, and creativity in ebook format. You can share the book on the web, email, or directly to iBooks. Your child’s story, art, colouring, photos, ideas, and voice recordings are saved forever! The app is designed for iPad and iPhone but it does cost $4.99.

 

The grade two’s had to create their own book about books…just like Parsley Rabbit did in his book about books. Here’s Marcus and Mitch’s book… I’m so proud of both of them and the effort they went to finish their book. Click on play to see how clever they are!

   

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Revising Keynote

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After a three break from Information Literacy we thought it would be a good idea to revise the Keynote app and the skills we had taught the grade twos before the holidays

Photo 17-07-2015 6 02 48 pmIt was really pleasing to see how many of them had remembered everything and were able to apply the skills to this week’s activity.

To complete two slides the grade twos had to use the following twelve skills: creating a presentation, choosing a theme, adding new slides, choosing different layouts, reordering and deleting slides, adding pictures from the camera roll ,selecting pictures, cropping and changing their size, formatting pictures with the paintbrush – changing style, style options, borders, colour, width and line, adding text, formatting text with the paintbrush – size, colour and font, formatting text boxes with the paintbrush – changing style, fill and border with colour, width and line and saving presentations. They are very clever kids 🙂

We look forward to seeing how well they do when they create a Keynote presentation based on something they like…

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