Kids’ Club Review by Billie: The big adventure

The big adventureThe big adventure, by Sally Rippin

I liked this book when I was five! I thought it was a very funny and inspiring book that gives children ideas about adventers they can do ( in this book) ! In this book Jack goes camping with his family and after he sets the tent up he wants to go swiming. at the beach the current in the water is very strong so Jack is only allowed in with dad or mum. But Jack wants to go exploring and gets stuck behind the tide! What will happen to Jack.

4 stars

Reviewed by Billie from Brooklyn and Roseneath School , 8 years old

Talk Like a Pirate!

Well “Shiver me timbers” and “Hoist the mainsail” it’s International Talk Like a Pirate day on Tuesday the 19th of September! So how good is your pirate language? Ever wanted to learn how to speak pirate? Well now you can through Mango Languages! If you go to My Gateway on the Library website: www.wcl.govt.nz/mygateway then select Mango Languages on the database, put in your library card number and surname, then select Pirate you’ll come up with the “Booty”! Soon you’ll be confounding your teachers and classmates by asking them to “Belay yer carsouin’ and haul wind smartly”. So try introducing yourself on Tuesday as “A fine gentleman of fortune, I may tell ye plainly” and see how many people turn tail and run before they have to walk the plank!

Want to find out more about the real pirates who sailed the seven seas? We have loads of books with information about what really happened on the high seas. There were many famous pirates such as Captain Kid and Blackbeard who I most definitely would not want to have met! But did you know that there were female pirates as well? Anne Bonny was one of the most famous and could handle a cutlass as well as any man. Lots of interesting facts to find out about pirates in this book, “The Everything Pirate book: A swashbuckling history of adventure on the high seas” by Barb Karg and Arjean Spaite.

Have you ever read “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson? “When young Jim Hawkins is left a treasure map by the dying buccaneer Billy Bones, he sets sail on the Hispaniola in search of the island. Among the crew, the one-legged Long John Silver becomes his greatest friend, but Silver has a shocking secret in store, and when they reach their destination, Jim faces danger and adventure greater than he could ever have imagined.” A truly great read! Continue reading

Kids’ Club Review by Ethan: Underwater war : spying on the past

Underwater war : spying on the pastUnderwater war : spying on the past, by Charlie Carter

Battle Boy Underwater War written by Charlie Carter follows the adventure of Napoleon as he goes into the battle of the Atlantic, the longest battle of the 2nd World War. It gets interesting because they use harpoons on whales not humans. I liked when he crashes
into the sea because they really describe how he fell into the sea. Readers of this book will love learning about the battle of the Atlantic.

5 stars

Reviewed by Ethan from Brooklyn and Amesbury School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Annabelle: Miss Rumphius

Miss RumphiusMiss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney (1917-2000)

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a story about Miss Rumphius whose grandfather was an artist. When Miss Rumphius grew up she went to different places. When she finished doing that she found herself a home next to the beach. Then one snowy day she felt ill and her back was still hurting. When she got better it was summer and she had some seeds and threw them around the church and everywhere. The seeds grew up to be lovely, beautiful lupines.
I liked the story because it is so romantic with Miss Rumphius cycling around the place looking at lupines. Children used to pick them too.

5 stars

Reviewed by Annabelle  from Newtown and Newtown School , 7 years old

Sea Week 2015

Sea Week is an annual celebration of New Zealand’s seas and marine life hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education. This year Sea Week takes place from 28th February – 8th March with the theme Look beneath the Surface – Papatai ō roto – Papatai ō raroOur seas are full of amazing wonders and Sea Week hopes to encourage kiwis to learn more about them, the creatures that dwell there, the different habitats and the issues that face marine life. There are heaps of fun, educational events happening around Wellington during Sea Week including coastal clean-ups, guided walks, sandcastle competitions, and open days at some of Wellington’s fantastic coastal labs and treatment facilities. It’s a great opportunity to get your friends and family involved! Check out the Sea Week website for full details of events in your region.

The library has some helpful books about our sea life and rocky shore habitats that you might like to use to identify cool things at the beach.  Have fun!

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