Van Gogh – ‘arrive at the truthful’

Last weekend – because there was no sport in the school holidays – hooray! – we all went to the Vincent van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. It was beautiful and crowded. Beautiful because the paintings were amazing. I loved seeing the brush strokes and the vivid colours. I must admit, I… Continue reading Van Gogh – ‘arrive at the truthful’

Christmas shopping – picture books

Yes, it’s only November but we need to think about buying books for Christmas! I have a series of posts planned for you which I hope will make your Christmas shopping easier. Each Friday for the next four weeks I’ll provide a list of books which I love, and I hope you do, too. You… Continue reading Christmas shopping – picture books

One minute’s silence – book review

Very happy to have a long weekend for ANZAC day – half the sport commitments and an extra day with my family – love it! Mr 6 has been talking about ANZAC day – the war, the fighting, the dying, the remembering. I read him One minute’s silence, written by David Metzenthen and illustrated by… Continue reading One minute’s silence – book review

Beth, the story of a child convict – book review

Don’t you love a coincidence? Miss 9 discovered that her class would be studying Australian convict history on the same day that my lovely Mum and I went to a book launch for Mark Wilson’s latest picture book, Beth, the story of a child convict. It’s based on the true story of Elizabeth Hayward, a… Continue reading Beth, the story of a child convict – book review

Red sings from treetops – book review

I pulled this lush, beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated picture book out for Miss 9 to read. She needed to describe her physical features, and this was the perfect book to jumpstart her imagination – even though it has nothing to do with descriptions of people. Let me explain. This book, Red sings from treetops, a… Continue reading Red sings from treetops – book review

Books for starting school and kinder

So, I’ve had a great break from the usual rhythm of life, and we’ve moved house. Our ‘real’ house is now a shell of its former self – and I mean that literally! The back has been demolished and there are holes in walls where new doorways will fit. I’ll tell you more about that… Continue reading Books for starting school and kinder

Books for kids about Christmas

Miss 9 and Mr 6 think Christmas books are the best. They only come out for a month each year, so there is a sense of both remembering and rediscovering them, another year older. Here’s a list of ten of our favourite Christmas books. The fourth king, the story of the other wise man, written… Continue reading Books for kids about Christmas

Buying picture books for Christmas

Here’s a list of a dozen fabulous picture books. I’ve chosen them for different reasons – humour, language, meditation etc. All books are suitable for 2-6 year-olds, and I’ve specified below if there’s a different age group. Rhyme and wit – The highway rat written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. While I almost… Continue reading Buying picture books for Christmas