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Written and illustrated with warmth, humour and sensitivity, this excellent book, part of the Copper Tree Class series, tackles the subject of family break-up. Hana is confused and upset because her parents are going to live separately, and all the children in class notice how sad she is. Their teacher Mr Davis finds a way to explain the situation to her – and to readers – in a way that shows clearly that it’s not her fault, and that life will get better. He uses sunflower seeds too to show that Hana will grow and be happy, and find her place in the world no matter what. It’s a clever, reassuring way of talking about a subject relevant to very many children.
The story of a school hamster provides a sensitive and effective way of talking about adoption in the third of the excellent Copper Tree Class series of picture books. Henry the class hamster has returned to school after the summer holidays with four babies! Alfie Tate, who’s usually at the centre of any class mischief, is particularly concerned about the babies and wants to find them all good homes. Alfie is adopted and though he can’t remember if he was sad before he was adopted as a baby, he thinks he might have been. With Alfie on the case the babies soon have homes of their own and he himself takes in the smallest of the litter, Alfonzo. An enjoyable story that gently raises important issues.
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! The children of Copper Tree class are getting ready for Christmas when an invitation arrives to visit the residents of the Pine Lodge care home. The children think of all the different things they like to do that might entertain the old people and have a very happy day out spent singing, storytelling, putting up home-made decorations and dressing up. It’s a lovely story, guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face – cheeky Alfie Tate even finds a donkey to take! It also gently teaches children about the elderly, and shows them that the different generations have got much more in common than they might have thought.
This excellent picture book deals sensitively and truthfully with the subject of bereavement. When their teacher Miss Evans isn’t well and can’t come to school, her class maker her a get well card, even Alfie Tate who’s nearly always causing trouble. She comes to see their play and though she’s lost her hair and has to use a wheelchair, she smiles all the time. Not long after that, another teacher Mr Davis tells them that Miss Evans has died. It’s alright to feel sad, he says, or angry. The children make remember notes and transfer them onto copper leaves for a copper tree dedicated to Miss Evans. The leaves are bright and beautiful in the sunshine, just like she was. A gentle way of showing how memories remain to comfort and console.
Featuring first words, numbers, colours and shapes, alongside colourful and bold images by Mandy Stanley, My First Mandarin Word Book will help young children to learn basic Mandarin vocabulary. Each word is written in English and Mandarin, with pinyin pronunciation, and a familiar everyday object, encouraging an immediate association between the word and object. An introduction for parents and teachers suggests strategies for helping children learn most effectively. A complete English-Mandarin word list at the end of the book repeats the words and includes a helpful pronunciation guide and language tips. With a format that encourages adult-child interaction, young children and their parents will find My First Mandarin Word Book to be the ideal 'look and say' picture-word book.
Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Emily's full of nerves when she arrives at Pony Camp, and she's not the only one. Emerald, a new pony at Sunnyside, is flighty and anxious too. Together they must work to rebuild each other's confidence - but in order to help Emerald, Emily must first conquer her own fears... Written in a fun diary format, and jam-packed with pony fact-files, this series is perfect for fans of PONY CLUB SECRETS, THE PONY MAD PRINCESS and THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN'T GALLOP.
Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Charlie is devastated when she has to give up her first horse, Apple, and her parents hope a week at Pony Camp will help cheer her up. But everything reminds Charlie of Apple and she isn't interested in getting to know her new pony, Charm. As the other girls grow tired of Charlie's moods and her instructors with her lack of focus, Charlie will have to work hard if she wants to compete in the cross-country competition. Can Charm live up to his name and win her round? Written in a fun diary format, and jam-packed with pony fact-files, this series is perfect for fans of PONY CLUB SECRETS, THE PONY MAD PRINCESS and THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN'T GALLOP.
Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Sophie is thrilled to arrive at Pony Camp and meet her gorgeous pony, Shine. But her parents have been too busy to take her riding recently and she's disappointed when she is put in the beginners' group. When items start disappearing from the girls' cabin, Sophie is determined to both ride into the advanced group and catch the thief. But what if everyone suspects that she's the one who's been stealing? Written in a fun diary format and jam-packed with pony fact-files, this series is perfect for fans of PONY CLUB SECRETS, THE PONY MAD PRINCESS and THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN'T GALLOP.
Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Chloe is so looking forward to making new friends who are as pony-mad as she is. She promised her dad she'll get a clear round in the jumping competition at Pony Camp, so she needs a pony who can really fly over the fences. Will Chloe and her pony manage to work together and make her dad proud?
Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Poppy hasn't got on a horse since she had a bad fall a few months ago and broke her arm. Her confidence has gone and she's so shaky just thinking about cantering when she used to win all her competitions. Too embarrassed to tell the others girls at Pony Camp the truth, they've all mistaken Poppy for a beginner. Can Poppy overcome her nerves and get back on track?
Bou loves the floating library. But - oh no! - his favourite book is missing. Who could have it? A wonderfully vibrant picture book for young children about two of the best things in life - books and friends! Bou the red-eared panda wakes up one morning and hears the toot-toot of the floating library. He's excited to go and borrow his favourite book and rushes to the library boat, only to find that his book has already been lent out. He sets off to find whoever has borrowed it so they can share - and in the process makes a fantastic new friend. With artwork in strong primary colours, and a fun, yet simple storyline, Birdy and Bou is perfect for fans of Maisy by Lucy Cousins. Introducing a brand new pair of adorable characters to fall in love with from David Bedford and Mandy Stanley, the brilliant partnership behind Roo the Roaring Dinosaur. 'This wonderfully vibrant picture book will captivate children ... a brilliant celebration of friendship and of the love of books, perfect for sharing and asking your child about their favourite book(s).' Parents in Touch
Welcome to Sunnyside Stables and the pony holiday of your dreams! Written in diary form, each book follows a different girl's adventures at Pony Camp as she gets her very own pony to look after, makes new friends and tackles tough challenges! Millie and her pony Tally have been a team for years, so she's heartbroken when she gets too big for him. Now Tally must join the other Pony Camp ponies, and Millie has to try out new pony Magic. But Millie is determined to keep Tally and comes up with a risky plan. Will Millie land herself in big trouble?
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