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Grimsdell Book of the Week and Author of the Week!

At the start of last week, we bid a fond farewell to last term’s Junior Librarians: Anastasios, Arisha, Alexander C, Amy, Tala and Marco; thanking them for their excellent contribution to the management of the library. These librarians are now in semi-retirement, as they will still be called upon to assist with library duties as appropriate and as a support for younger children with regard to literary matters.

This week we welcome on board our new cohort of Junior Librarians: Maximillian, Anika, Chenxi, Huda, Freddie, Leia and Josh. I am looking forward to working with our new librarians. Please read the library section of the newsletter over the coming weeks to discover their Book of the Week choices.

Book of the Week

The Grimsdell Children’s Library Book of the Week has been chosen by one of our new Junior Librarians, Huda from 2RM. She recommends: Daisy Eat Your Peas by Kes Gray.

Huda’s reason for her selection:

“This is one of my favourite books because it is VERY funny”

We hope you agree! This fiction book is available to borrow from our school library.

Mrs Harvey would also recommend this book. It is a brilliantly illustrated story to share and is a real ‘page turner’. This is a wickedly funny book about dinner time which will appeal to fussy eating children and their despairing parents everywhere!

There is a lovely form of personification at the beginning of the book, when the peas are described as “ganging up” on Daisy. The book follows a very simple, yet extremely comedic pattern, where the response from Daisy is always the same, “I don’t like peas”.

Superficially, this book may appear to be just a whimsical read, but there are a lot of techniques and skills that adults can utilise when reading this to children. For example, it follows a very structured, sequential pattern. The sequential element is so strong that it allows methods of predictability from children, because by them shouting out, “I don’t like peas” they are predicting what Daisy is going to say.

This story is great for language learning because it allows you to focus on daily routine, place in a town and of course, food and emotions. It also introduces children to the genre of persuasive writing. The purpose, structure and language features in this book are fundamental aspects of persuasive texts. The story enables you to explore and identify the language feature of persuasive texts, eg how word choice can be used to strengthen opinion. It encourages the reader to make predictions about what can happen.  I wonder if you correctly guessed the ending of the story …

Author of the Week

Our author of the week is Mae from 1SD who wrote a really poignant fiction book as part of her Book Week Project during last term’s Book Week: ‘The Small Dog With A Big Job’.

Last term she catalogued her story and put it in our library and it has already been out on loan. It is an interactive story and beautifully illustrated. I am sure that it will be enjoyed by many of our Grimsdell children.