- The task:
April 2nd was International Children's Book Day. And April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, I have two lovely options for you this week:
Option A: Be a kid!
You could read a picture book (or two or three) and share what you read.
Write up a post sharing your favorite books from childhood
Write up a post about reading together with your child(ren)
Option B: Be a poet!
The first is Mem Fox who published Possum Magic back in 1983, and then followed it up with a number of other books. She is a much loved Australian author, whose books have a real quirkiness. Her Possum Magic page contains recipes for Australian dishes you may have seen mentioned but did not know how to make: lamingtons, pavlova, and Anzac biscuits.
Mem Fox really followed up in the Australian tradition established by books like The Magic Pudding, books that endeared our native fauna and flora to our children.
Hazel Edward's book There's a Hippopotamus on our roof eating cake couldn't be more different.
I was reminded of it the other day by Rhubarb Whine who said that the hippo that used to be on her roof had come back. She said she knew he had because of the leaks in the roof.
We haven't had enough rain here in Paradise to cause the roof or anything else to leak, but elsewhere in Australia in recent weeks there have been deluges and flood.
It is 30 years this year since the first Hippo book appeared, and Hazel Edwards has continued to write prolificly, more Hippo books, but also writes YA books, easy readers and even adult non-fiction.
If you are a teacher her book pages contain lesson plan and activities you can use in conjuction with her books.
And believe me, my daughters loved the Hippo! We still have a much read copy.
My last author is Graeme Base who came to parental notice with Animalia, published by Penguin in 1986.
- Within the pages of this book
You may discover, if you look
Beyond the spell of written words,
A hidden land of beasts and birds.
For many things are 'of a kind,'
And those with keenest eyes will find
A thousand things, or maybe more -
It's up to you to keep the score . .
He too has branched out although children's picture books very much dominate his portfolio.
But this year he has been nominated for an Edgar Award (Mystery Writers US) - Juvenile section for Enigma
Do visit the Weekly Geeks site to see what my fellow geekers are up to with this week's task.