Monday, November 26, 2012

Getting Ready for End of Year 2012

Picture from HERE

The Christmas School Holidays are nearly here and there's some important tasks to get done before they arrive. In the library we're getting ready for our annual end of year stocktake. Library books are due back before this Friday, 30th November. You can help by returning your books to the library A.S.A.P., and before the end of this week please. Lets see if your class can be FIRST to return all their library books this year.

If you find any other school books
such as journals, junior reading books
and class books lying around at home
 please return these to school too.

Monday, November 19, 2012

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree" by Christopher AWDRY
Junior Browsing Book:
  • "Charlie Chimp's Christmas" by Keith FAULKNER
  • "Butterfly Meadow : Skipper to the Rescue" by Olivia MOSS (Butterfly Meadow series)
  • "The Dog Rules" by Coco LA RUE
  • "Farm Boy" by Michael MORPURGO
Senior Fiction:
  • "No Way Back" by Valerie WILDING (My Story series)
  • "The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE
    • "Great White Shark" by Deborah NUZZOLO
    • "Tiger Shark" by Deborah NUZZOLO

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    The Brothers Grimm Folktales - 200th Anniversary

    The Brothers Grimm are probably the best known storytellers in the world. 

    Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1785 and 1786 in Hanau, Germany and were part of a large family of eight boys and one girl. Their father Philipp was a lawyer and both Jacob and Wilhelm had intended to study Law and become lawyers, however their real interests lay elsewhere and they instead spent much of their lives collecting German folk tales.   In 1812 they published their first volume of 86 stories and tales Children's and Household Tales (Kinder-und Hausmarchen). The table of contents included such famous stories as: Cinderella; Snow White; Rapunzel; Hansel and Gretel; Little Red Riding Hood and Rumplstiltskin. But if you're looking for a sweet soothing tale "Once upon a time......and they lived happily ever after" you might be best to look somewhere other than the original folk tales of the Brothers Grimm. The stories collected by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm in the early 1800's serve up life as many generations of Europeans knew it - fickle and often cruel. The early editions were not aimed at children at all and the brothers initially refused to have illustrations. Once they discovered this young audience they set about refining and softening their tales. Since the deaths of the Brothers in about 1860 the tales have undergone many adaptions and translations into more than 160 languages. The release of the film adaption of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 was the first of three wildly popular Disney story adaptions. Since then many other adaptions have made it to the big screen.

    Currently we have many books containing one or more Grimm's folktale/fairytale in the Non-fiction section of our library as well as some picture book versions of individual tales.

    Upper Hutt Library holds numerous books containing one or more Grimm's folktale/fairytale.

    The above information about the Grimm Brothers and their folktales was adapted from these web pages: here, here and here, here and here.

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    On the New Books Display this Week

    Picture Book:
    • "The Children who Loved Books" by Peter CARNAVAS
    • "Grandpa Ngata and the Seagull"  by Dave GUNSON
    • "Alice-Miranda in New York" by Jacqueline HARVEY (Alice-Miranda series)
    • "The Silver Door" by Emily Rodda (Three Doors trilogy)
    • "Phantom of the Auditorium" by R.L.STINE (Goosebumps series)
    • "Battle of the Worlds : Infernix" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Summer's Dream" by Cathy Cassidy (Chocolate Box Girls series)
    • "Horribly Hilarious Joke Book" by Terry DEARY

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Even More Amazing Book Sculptures

    If you'd like to know more about Su Blackwell, the British artist who created these sculptures, you can read an interview here or visit her website here.

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    On the New Books Display this Week

    Picture Book:
    • "Slinky Malinki , Early Bird" by Lynley DODD
    • "Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear?"  by Nancy White CARLSTROM
    • "Billie B Brown : The Midnight Feast" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
    • "Amulet : The Last Council" by Kazu KIBUISHI (Amulet series)
    • "Diplo-Dizzydocus" by Kyle MEWBURN (Dinosaur Rescue series)
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth" by Rick RIORDAN (Percy Jackson series)
    • "Alone on a Wide Wide Sea" by Michael MORPURGO
      • "Mud, Sweat and Tears" by Bear GRYLLS (Junior Edition)

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