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A child recounts his experience of losing his father to depression in this poignant and beautifully illustrated picture book. The boy's father disappears into a world without color. As the father seeks help, color begins to reappear and with it hope. An ideal book for parents and caregivers to share with children to help them make sense of the devastating effects that depression can cause.
The Colour Thief is a simple, heart-warming tale which helps to open up the conversations around depression and to support young children whose families have been affected. We follow a young boy who loves spending time with his dad, doing fun things together. When his father becomes sad and distant, he doesn't understand and believes he has done something to make his dad so, despite being told otherwise. Time passes and his father begins to get happier again and they have fun together like before. Narrated from the child's perspective and illustrated with beautiful pictures by the award-winning artist Karin Littlewood, this is the perfect book to read with children aged 7-9 years old who are trying to understand the cause and effects of depression, and reassure them that depression passes and their parents are not lost to them. 'It's crucial kids learn about depression; that it's nothing to feel ashamed about and they are not alone - one fourth of the world knows what it feels like. It's going to be them that break the stigma, not us.' Ruby Wax 'This book brings freshness and vibrancy into a world often portrayed as dark and hidden, and it can help take away the feelings of helplessness and fear that can make families feel so alone.' Marjorie Wallace CBE, Hon FRC Psych, Founder of SANE. 'Vividly depict[s] a young boy's reaction to his father's depression... it's worth sharing this clever and heartfelt book with the kids in your life.' - Elise Moon (6) and Nick Moon (42), Kent - Single Step Magazine
A short thriller that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a story in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy computer hackers, Kiran and Ros are teens on a mission to fight crime and injustice with the help of a shape-shifting data beast they've created. In Poison!, Kiran and Roz set out to prove that a chemical company is polluting the river near their school and the poisoning the fish that live in it. With the help of the data beast they attempt to bring the murky activities into the light - and the beast goes on a dangerous mission to save the threatened fish. Reading level for this book:- ATOS: 2.6 Lexile (R) Measure: 360L Book Band: 11 Lime
A short thriller that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a story in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy computer hackers, Kiran and Roz are teens who set out to fight crime and injustice with the help of a shape-shifting data beast they've created. In Monster Savings, Kiran and Roz take on the might of shopping phenomenon everythingonearth.com, a company that sells anything to anyone, but evades tax and avoids giving its workers fair pay and conditions. It's the data beast's most perilous mission yet - will it survive? Reading level for this book:- ATOS: 2.6 Lexile (R) Measure: 360L Book Band: 11 Lime
A short thriller that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a story in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy computer hackers, Kiran and Roz are teens who set out to fight crime and injustice with the help of a shape-shifting data beast they've created. In Bats!, Kiran and Roz take on a firm of developers who are planning to build a shopping mall next to their school, tearing down a local habitat for endangered bats in the process. Can the data beast reveal the dodgy dealings going on behind the scenes and stop the environmental vandalism before it's too late? Reading level for this book:- ATOS: 3.3 Lexile (R) Measure: 460L Book Band: White
What is free running? Where did it begin and how do you do it? Find out all about this fast-paced sport in an information book packed with exciting photographs and written by Andrew Fusek Peters. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: P.E.
Matt wakes up alone, in a room rapidly filling with poison gas. How did he get here? And more importantly, how is he going to escape? Breathe and You Die! is a lightning-fast thriller with a plot involving poison gas and international intrigue, writtten by the author of Ravenwood and The Glass Forest. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.
A short mystery that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a thriller in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy crime detective duo, Jas and Sam are teens who solve spine-chilling cases - using equal measures of humour and heroism along the way! In this mystery, 'Sliced in Two', there's a ghost on the loose in the local woodyard and it looks like it's not just a ghost - it's a ghost that has been sliced in two by a wood saw! Sam keeps her cool but Jas is all of a dither as they try to solve the case. Reading level for this book:- ATOS: 2.5 Lexile (R) Measure: 340L Book Band: 11 Lime
A short mystery that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a thriller in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy crime detective duo, Jas and Sam are teens who solve spine-chilling cases - using equal measures of humour and heroism along the way! In this mystery, 'The Crawling Hand', Jas and Sam hear a knock on the door of their detective agency. It looks like no one is there but then they notice a skeleton's hand on the floor! The hand can crawl, it can talk and it is in urgent need of help to find its missing body. There's a case to be solved! Reading level for this book:- ATOS: 2.6 Lexile (R) Measure: 360L Book Band: 11 Lime
Prince Siddhartha sees a wounded swan fall from the sky with an arrow in its side. He wants to save the bird, but his cousin Devadatta, who shot the swan, claims it as his property. Who will win? A tale of the young Buddha's compassion for all living things, beautifully illustrated by Miss Swanne. Book band: Turquoise Ideal for ages: 5+
When Prince Siddhartha sees a wounded swan fall from the sky, he tries to save it. But his cousin Devadatta, who shot the swan, wants to claim it as his own. Who is right? Can Siddhartha save the swan? Moving, simply told and beautifully illustrated story of the early life of the Buddha.
Featuring turbo-charged trees, double agent forests and leaves that perform magic, this is a wide-ranging collection of fun, lyrical and thought-provoking poems. Some have already appeared on programmes such as Blue Peter, Poetry Please and BBC Poetry Pie. Others have delighted audiences up and down the country. There are new poems that celebrate the outdoors, tree-climbing, forest school, ecological matters and nature in the city, alongside a smattering of favourites from previous anthologies and collections. As ever Andrew infuses the poems with his bonkers and surreal imagination.
A gloriously illustrated first book of poetry, collecting together verse from a range of well-known authors. Here's a Little Poem is a superb selection of over fifty poems by English and American authors, including Wendy Cope, Roger McGough, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Colin McNaughton, Jack Prelutsky, Langston Hughes and many more. Affectionately describing the early experiences of young children, this is a warmly illustrated, imaginative world of first encounters. Simple text and exuberant illustrations make this an ideal introduction for young children to the wonderful world of poetry.
This title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme that joins books with an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Lime-A level Mae in the Middle book: One morning Mae hears a trumpet on the radio. She can't get the tune out of her head. Her mum says no to trumpet lessons but Mae is helped by her friend's sister to learn to play and is able to perform in the school concert. Her mother is delighted!
This title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme that joins books with an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Lime-B level Mae in the Middle book: It's time for school but at Mae's house, no one is going anywhere because the keys have disappeared. Cool-headed Mae asks Roz to remember what she did after she had opened the door the previous day. She points to the drawing Roz has made and realises it was drawn in the attic. They find the keys there in time to get to school.
The Bush animals are fed up of Dingo dog's bullying and generate a storming idea to teach him a lesson. This traditional Australian 'Tale with a Twist' is retold by poet, author and storyteller, Andrew Fusek Peters, and delightfully illustrated by Anna Wadham. Tales from around the world provide an insight into cultures other than our own.
No-No Bird's favourite word is NO! In fact, he likes saying it to everyone. NO he won't play with Little Mouse; NO he won't climb trees with Squirrel. Then he meets Snake and learns that Snake's favourite food is No-No Bird. Can No-No Bird escape from a sticky end by changing his favourite word to YES?
Badger is happy living in his neat and tidy burrow - until Big Bad Bully Goat decides to move in! Bully Goat has such a fearsome reputation that even Badger's biggest friends are too scared to help. All seems lost until help arrives from a very unexpected quarter and Badger realises that size isn't everything. This traditional Iberian tale is retold with a twist by storyteller, poet and anthologist Andrew Fusek Peters.
At 6'8 1/2 , Andrew Fusek Peters is Britain's tallest poet. His collections include Sadderday and Funday, Love Hate and My Best Mate, and Poems with Attitude (the only poetry collection to have ever made the Carnegie long-list). This book combines a selection of the best of his published work, plus new material specially written with Lion's audience in mind. Andrew's poems focus on themes including family, friendship, pets, seasons and schools, and mix the side-splitting with the serious - making a varied and valuable collection.
Ed and his friend Zack are on holiday in London. While Ed keeps noticing the particularly friendly and intelligent rats coming out of the cellars, Zack is more interested in the drugs on offer from rather more human rats. Following a rat into an abandoned underground station, Ed finds himself on a weird journey into London's sewers and the forgotten River Fleet. Here he encounters mystical owls and Victorian sewer workers, but also the power to take on the drug-pushers who threaten to destroy the city's youth. In a stunningly dramatic climax worthy of Stephen King, Ed calls on ancient powers in a final confrontation with the evil drug baron.
When a tiger plays a trick on a wise man, how will he escape being eaten, especially when it seems that all the animals are against him? Will the jackal help him, or is it simply another trick? This traditional Indian tale, retold with a twist by Andrew Fusek Peters, provides an opportunity for talking about man's impact on the natural world.
When Ameerah Monkey wants to cross the river, she hatches a plot to trick crocodile into helping her. But how will she escape being his next meal? And will Crocodile ever get his pot of Monkey Tail Soup? This traditional African-Caribbean tale is retold with a twist by storyteller, poet and anthologist Andrew Fusek Peters. Amanda Montgomery-Higham's illustrations perfectly capture the humour and vitality of this tale.
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