The Water Princess

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The Water Princess explores a child’s playful perspective to the universe. nature and more so water. Through the story we learn the reality that water is not so accessible to Gie and her family. The Water Princess helps us to reflect on how easily we can obtain water in our day to day lives.

We discover without a readily available source of water Gie Gie and her mother have to endure a long  journey to get to the water well.  Once they arrive at the water well we immediately see how energising water can be, you can hear children giggling, dancing and  women chatting. Water has the power to change moods.  (Think how you feel after a nice shower or bath)

The Water Princess allows the reader to truly appreciate water and ultimately we realise water brings sustenance and happiness to all. 

The story comes to an end through a child’s innocent curiosity of why the journey is so far and why the water is not clear. This question is a great starting point to explore how water travels,where is clean water found, if the water is not clean how is water treated, is clean water a human right,  different types of water found around the world, the different colours of water, the uses of water, is bottled water free and how water wells work.

Nena and the Green Juice

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This book is about a young child’s curiosity which leads to a positive learning experience around the creation and health benefits of green juice. 

The character Nena is a typical young child who has a thirst for knowledge. Nena continuously asks her mother questions, to gain an understanding around her mother’s choice of vegetables and how the juice eventually turns green. Nena’s mother responds positively with a readiness to share knowledge which the readers can all resonate with.  

This book is perfect as a starting point to learn about more fruit and vegetables and after reading the book further learning can be applied looking at; 

  • Nutritional values of fruit
  • Recipes for smoothies
  • The maths behind smoothies (ratio and proportion exercises)
  • Researching fruit cultivation
  • Research fruit sustainability
  • Research the business behind fruit 
  • Researching companies who sell smoothies and healthy fruit based drinks.     
  • Processing of fruit drying, concentrating adding fruit to other foods

Jabari Jumps

Jabari Jumps is a beautiful short story which captures the journey of overcoming an obstacle. The process of overcoming an obstacle is well documented in Gaia’s debut picture book.  

Jabari begins his journey with confidence which children epouse before meeting a new obstacle. After Jabari realises the magnitude of the challenge Jabari’s fear response kicks in and he begins to rethink taking on the obstacle. 

Jabari needs rest and once he is at the bottom of the ladder he remembers he forgot to do his stretches. Jabari notices his routine is out of sync and he realises that tomorrow would be a better day to do his jump.

Jabari’s father offers great advice on how to conquer fear. Jabari’s father’s assurance helps to build Jabari’s self esteem. The next day Jabari comes back to the swimming pool with a positive attitude, his father explains to him that it is okay to be scared but more importantly explains to him how to cope with fear and keep moving forward.

Ultimately Jabari faces his fear head on and completes the jump and then creates a new goal for himself once he has achieved success.

Look Up!

Our February book of the month is Nathan Bryon’s ‘Look up!’ illustrated by Dapa Adeola. This children’s book is a story of ambition and a child’s desire to see with her own eyes The Phoenix Meteor Shower. Rocket is a young girl in awe of the night sky, she tells the reader fun science facts whilst trying to convince her brother to take her to the park to see the spectacle of stars

Hip and Hop

Our April book is “Hip and Hop” by award winning hip-hop artist Akala! Set in the hip-hop world of Blueberry hill, Hop struggles to achieve his dream of riding a bike. Akala’s book explores the theme of friendship as Hip and the cheeky monkeys motivate him to practise his riding. A tale of overcoming obstacles and learning to believe in yourself. With poetic rhymes and vivid artwork bursting with positivity

KIki's Afro

Our January book of the month is Kiki Magic Afro by Miriam Gay. This book is based around Kiki’s hair. Kiki initially thinks her hair is normal however her peers make her feel like her hair is different. Kiki discovers her hair is different its in fact magic. Kiki loves her magic hair and sets out to show everyone how magic it is

Make sure to check out the colouring sheets from these books as well !!