Saturday, 25 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
The author's message is that it's not the size of the fish, it is the reason for catching the fish that counts. A section at the back of the book has information on fishing and the whaling industry in New Zealand.
Friday, 3 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
|Ross Beansack, the big hairy author, has been asked by young readers to write a story about ghosts. The very modern publisher is horrified when she hears of his plans. "We don't do ghosts," she says. "Go back home and save the rainforest." Ross Beansack sets off to do his own research in the local haunted house ...|
Monday, 29 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Aristotle is the story of a little kitten who did not know that cats have nine lives. His mother decided to let him go to his new home totally unaware of this important fact. Her decision was based on the realisation that he was much bolder than his brothers and sisters and had such an adventurous nature that she knew he would use them all at once.
When he goes to live with Bella Donna, his nine lives expire one by one at an alarming rate. Falling out of trees, down chimneys and getting trapped under milk-jugs are just some of his exploits.
Escaping from Gripper the dog and avoiding being run over by a lorry simultaneously, leaves Aristotle with his ninth and final life. Is it just a coincidence that he has survived several narrow squeaks and lives to old age or might it have something to do with the fact that Bella Donna is not just an ordinary cat-owner?
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Jasper is a pretty normal eleven-year-old New Zealand kid, until one night he has an alien visitor, who gives him a gift that enables him to see into the future. When he discovers his Dad doesn't appear to have a future, he has to rely on his wits and friend Elliot to try and save him.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Sherryl Clarke for their next podcast. This is a horse story, which is quite different for Pt England kids.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
This popular Australian author is a hit with our students, and this podcast is about the first book in the Gizmo series.
When Stephen gives into peer pressure and steals a small round toy, strange things begin to happen.....
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
As Ozzie says: Prediction: This forthcoming social event will throw my parents into a state of pre-visitor-tension, and our family will suffer from disharmony. And it does. Mum goes into a frenzy of getting the house tidy (read - Ozzie has to clean his room!), the lawn mowed and the menu prepared. The Brat, Snoops, Ozzie and Dad all suffer. Add to that a huge storm, the fact it's nearly Christmas and a few little Ozzie-disasters and it's chaos.
Another hilarious story from Val Bird with brilliant illustrations from her daughter Rebecca Cundy, the second in this series.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
|Brooke and Selina from Room 17|
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
- Do you ask, 'Are we there yet?' over and over on long car trips?
- Do you like to drive people mad by copying everything they say and do?
- Do you hog the shower and use up all the hot water?
- Do you enjoy asking silly questions that have no real answers?
- Do you swing on the clothesline whenever you get the chance?
Friday, 24 September 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
They have chosen a classic novel to podcast for this episode and Kingston has done a great job of telling us what this story is about. If you have never read "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" we highly recommend this podcast.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
"Michael is an only child of doting parents who believe that it is important to know the right people, say the right things and live in the right kind of house. They are not exactly enthusiastic when their relatives the Wests move into the next street but Michael can't wait to spend more time with Auntie Rosie, Uncle Leo and their five children who are known as the wild West gang. No one in the West family has ever heard of the word "tidy" and they all do exciting things that sometimes get them into trouble."
Monday, 13 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
the city, and he is not happy about it. Jamie loved his life on the farm and
blames the move into town on Sue, his dad’s new partner. Jamie resents Sue
for the way she has intruded into his life with his father. The farm is special to
Jamie because it is where he feels closest to his mother, who died during
childbirth. To make matters worse Sue is pregnant herself. The thought of
having a new baby brother or sister is less than thrilling for Jamie.
For weeks Jamie rattles around the rambling, old house. He has left all of his
old friends behind and has no interest in trying to find new ones. Anyway,
there is something unusual about Cloverly. Jamie senses a ghostly presence
in his bedroom. The room is always cold, and he can hear strange sounds
such as running water and trains – even though there are none for miles.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
"Eureka" sounds like another great story and we think you will enjoy the way Sylvia and Kayla talk about it. We also think you will enjoy the talents of the photographer for this episode - it looks like they had a lot of fun on their photo shoot!
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
This book is very popular with Pt England students and we are sure you will enjoy the way these two Year 6 boys discuss the book. It involves a very evil family, the Rancids, and the way they try to corrupt a very cute dog. Let them know what you think of their podcast...