Monthly Archives: November 2011

Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life – by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

Anyone who is familiar with Manning and Granstrom’s work will welcome this book as yet another stunning example of their meticulous research, detailed art work and highly informative text.  Each opening describes part of the story of Charles Dickens’ life, … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe it, Archie! – by Andrew Norriss, illustrated by Hannah Shaw

To borrow the parlance of the texting generation, this is an lol book – every page will make you laugh out loud.  It recounts just one eventful week in the life of Archie, a week in which he leaves home … Continue reading

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Taff in the WAAF – by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

This book is every bit as absorbing as its companion volume Tail-End Charlie.  Written in the first person, it tells the story of Mick Manning’s mother, who decided to leave her greengrocer’s job in Wales to join the WAAF, eventually … Continue reading

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Too Much Trouble – by Tom Avery

Unspoken menace stalks almost every chapter of this book. A modern day version of Oliver Twist, it tells the story of brothers Emmanuel and Prince Anatole and deals with the very contemporary issues of child immigration, gun crime and street … Continue reading

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Titanic: A Very Peculiar History, with added iceberg – Jim Pipe, illustrated by David Antram

Prepare for an information explosion with every turn of the page when you read Titanic, A Very Peculiar History. If you like facts, lots of facts, then this is definitely a book for you. The story of the Titanic from … Continue reading

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Teaching Early Reading and Phonics: Creative Approaches to Early Literacy – Kathy Goouch and Andrew Lambirth

This book is not for the faint-hearted.  It is not a manual.  It will not tell you how to teach phonics.  Firmly rooted in socio-constructivist beliefs and values, it argues passionately for a ‘whole language – whole child’ approach to … Continue reading

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Talking Beyond the Page ed. Janet Evans

Written in three accessible sections, this book is a series of chapters examining multimodal texts and their place in contemporary primary education. The chapters, which reflect the specialisms of some of the world’s leading researchers, combine to present a powerful, … Continue reading

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Teaching Media in Primary Schools – ed. Cary Bazalgette

All Primary teachers, English managers, advisors and consultants should read this book.  Written in short, accessible chapters, it presents clearly the vital role of media studies in 21st century education.  Rooted in best practice, a range of practitioner researchers, advisors … Continue reading

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Using Talk to Support Writing – by Ros Fisher, Debra Myhill, Susan Jones and Shirley Larkin

This book represents a new departure in education literature by its demonstration of a powerful partnership between theory and practice in early writing. It is an outcome of the ‘Talk to Text’ action research project centred on the University of … Continue reading

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Language and Literacy in the Early Years – by Marian Whitehead

This fourth edition of Whitehead’s book updates both research on early language development and best practice in Early Years settings.  Regular summary boxes encourage reflection and simplify the location of strategic points, whilst key arguments are amply supported with examples … Continue reading

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