Kids’ Club Review by Seri: Hero of the Sea: Sir Peter Blake’s mighty ocean quests

Syndetics book coverHero of the sea : Sir Peter Blake’s mighty ocean quests by David Hill ; illustrated by Phoebe Morris.

Sir Peter Blake was a sailor on the sea, and he was a very good sailor. He always loved the sea. One day he met a woman that he liked and then they went sailing together. He helped protect the environment. He married the woman, and they had children who liked the sea too and supported their father. But sadly one day he got killed by pirates who came onto their ship.

The pictures were really amazing. I liked this book!

5 stars

Reviewed by Seri from Cummings Park and Wadestown School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: How to bee

How to beeHow to bee, Bren MacDibble

I really enjoyed this book as it made me think about how this world would have to function without bees. Peony is a brave and all round kindhearted character who just wants the best for her and her family and I think that she is just the type of character that a story like this needs.

4 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Seatoun School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: How to bee

How to beeHow to bee, Bren MacDibble

How to bee is about a called Peony who really wishes she was a bee. She lives on a farm and although life is hard, it is full of affection. Her mother and partner, however, turn up and ruin it all by taking her away to live in a city. Will she ever be able to get back to the farm? I thought this was a beautifully written book with a unique plot. I think it is suitable for children 9+.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: How to bee

How to beeHow to bee, Bren MacDibble

Peony wants to be a bee. She lives on a farm and it is a hard life but there is love. One day her mother turns up and takes her away to live in the city to be a servant to a rich family. Will Peony ever be able to come back to the farm? I thought this book was captivating and I had trouble putting it down to do other things. It had a great plot and Peony was very brave, like all girls should be. I recommend this book to children 9+.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Akane: Hero of the sea

Syndetics book coverHero of the sea : Sir Peter Blake’s mighty ocean quests by David Hill ; illustrated by Phoebe Morris.

I liked when Peter Blake met Pippa because they both loved adventures and sailed a lot around the globe. It was interesting when they wore red socks. it was funniest when the elephants wore red socks too. Peter won the world ‘s Yacht races because he was a great sailer. He was a good sailer.

5 stars

Reviewed by Akane from Karori and Thorndon School , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ilona: How to bee

How to beeHow to bee, Bren MacDibble

This is set in the future. It is about kids who hand pick the fruit to pollinate. Peony’s mother works in the city and wants her to come and join her but Peony doesn’t want to. But her mother makes her and drags her to the city.
Peony begins to work as a maid for a girl who is terrified of the outside and doesn’t want to go to school.
Peony must convince her to step outside so Peony can get home.
It’s a tale of adventure, kindness and a sprinkle of love. I think girls and boys would like this story. 10+

5 stars

Reviewed by Ilona from Miramar and Seatoun School , 10 years old

Bee Aware Month!

September is Bee Awareness month and this year Apiculture New Zealand are focusing on bee health by educating us on how we can feed the bees and help protect our precious bee population.

Did you know that bees support New Zealand’s agri-industry exports by over $5 billion annually – that is heaps! Plus they help grow one third of all the food we eat as well as helping our gardens flourish and look beautiful.

There is heaps that we can do to help out our little buzzing friends and one of the easiest way is by planting bee friendly plants and flowers. Bees need food so that they can help pollinate the food we eat. Bees will feed on pollen and nectar and this helps them to grow and Bee strong which helps them to fight off disease and parasites.

Bees also need clean water so why not make a shallow container for them to drink from. Just make sure you put pebbles and twigs in the water so the bees have something to rest on while they are drinking.

Another way we can help the bees is to stop spraying our gardens with harmful pesticides which kill the bees.

Palmers Garden Centre who are supporting Bee Awareness Month have information and competitions on their website plus check out their 5 top tips for a bee friendly backyard.

The library also has heaps of books on bees so take a look and… Lets save our bees!