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This beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. They dig the hard ground, sow rows of seeds, and keep them watered and safe from slugs. When harvest time arrives they can pick all the vegetables and fruit they have grown. Children will be drawn in by the poetry of the language and the warm illustrations, while also catching the excitement of watching things grow!
The fascination of fossils and what they tell of a world long gone by is beautifully portrayed in this biography of Mary Anning, the best known fossil hunter. Brought up in Lyme Regis where fossils abound, from childhood on Mary was skilled at searching out prized finds such as fossilised sea monsters and an Ichthyosaurus, one of the most important finds of her day. If you enjoyed this then try some other titles by the author including A Kiss Like This and Happy Birthday Chimp and Zee.
Imagine the brilliant colours and smells of fruits in a Caribbean market, the vast variety of tins and jars in a North American supermarket. Imagine how many kinds of street music there are, the different ways children play with swings and kites and boats. Imagine the different seasons. Then imagine things that are the same worldwide - land and trees and creatures being destroyed, wealth and poverty spreading. Imagine believing in good hope, a future when life will be better...
Age 7+ 100s of poems chosen by school children all around the UK was the starting point for this collection. Roger McGough then paired the list down to just 100 contemporary and classic poems. January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham: "I had a poetry anthology as a child that I adored, but which is sadly out of print now. What I loved most about it was that there always seemed to be a poem to describe exactly how I was feeling. It gave the book a magical property for me. I still have my battered old copy and I often dip into it. Here’s an anthology that contains many of the same poems. And the great thing is that these were all chosen by children from 135 schools across the UK."
All over the world parents entertain and comfort children with play rhymes and lullabies and every country has a unique store of them. Floella Benjamin has selected the best of these from six continents and 23 countries, some familiar, some never before written down. This rich diversity and Sheila Moxley's stunning, vibrant illustrations make this a special collection for parents and children to enjoy together.
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