Congratulations to Room 10, the first class with all student library books returned this year. Once again only the weekend separated first and second placings, this years runner-up is Room 12 . Well done.
The library stocktake is now almost complete. Once again there appears to be a number of books that are missing - they are not in the library and they are not on issue. We'd love to have these books back again, so if you find any hiding behind shelves or under the furniture please hurry them along back to the library before the holidays.
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.
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.
Celebrate ten years of Coraline by joining the author Neil Gaiman and some of his friends as they read chapters from this creepy book HERE.
If you enjoyed listening to Coraline you might also like to visit the earlier blog posts about Neil Gaiman (here) or about spooky book trailers - which includes a link to Neil Gaiman reading from The Graveyard Book (here).
Another in a series of posts about children's classic books available for borrowing from our school library.
Charlotte's Web is one of several popular children's books written by E.B.White.Charlotte's Web was published on the 15th of October 1952 and is the story of a girl named Fern who loves a little pig named Wilbur, of Wilbur's life growing up on the farm and about his friend Charlotte, a large grey spider, who lives in the barn with Wilbur.When it becomes clear that Wilbur is being well fed for a reason, Charlotte and Wilbur are determined to foil the plans of Mr. Zuckerman, the farmer. So with the help of Charlotte and her “terrific” webs and other barnyard friends, Wilbur becomes the prize-winning pig at the County Fair and the most famous pig ever.
This month it's the 60th Anniversary of Charlotte's Web and below is a book trailer from HarperKids to help celebrate:
Charlotte's Web has also been adapted for film, first as an animated feature in 1973 and more recently starring actors and real animals in 2006.
Currently we have 2 copies of Charlotte's Web by E.B.White in the Fiction section of our library.
Upper Hutt Library currently holds 5 copies of Charlotte's Web by E.B.White as well as 2 picture book versions; 2 audio books and a DVD.
The above information about Charlotte's Web was adapted from here and here. If you'd like to find out more about E.B.White and his books, including his other children's classics Stuart Little and Trumpet of the Swan, you can find more here.
(Fairy Tale Adaption/Fantasy/Adventure) Prince Sigismund has grown up listening to stories of magical enchantments, knights and dragons, he'd love to be part of such a fantastical adventure but they're all just stories aren't they?
(Fantasy/Animal stories) Find out how Alwyn, a young alley cat without a speck of magic, can become the familiar of a trainee wizard. When the wizard and his fellow trainees are kidnapped Alwyn teams up with the other familiars to save them.
(Girls stories) Alice-Miranda is a perpetually positive seven year old girl who takes herself off to boarding school, just because it appeals to her sense of adventure and regardless of the protests from her tearful parents.
(Fantasy/Adventure) The Warden of Weld asks for volunteers to venture out and find and destroy the enemy. Many young heroes volunteer and none has ever returned. Rye is too young to follow his brothers on this quest, but things change and he feels he must go now if he's to find and help them.
(Animal stories) Ivan the gorilla has spent most of his life with humans and the other animals in the Big Top Mall. He has only vague memories of the time before his cage until the arrival of a young elephant who reminds him of the importance of family and belonging.
Another in a series of posts about children's classic books available for borrowing from our school library.
The Famous Five is one of several popular series of books written by Enid Blyton. There are 21 original Famous Five books which were written between 1942 and 1963. The books are about the many adventures of four children; Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (known as George) and their dog Timmy.
"Armed with maps, torches, packets of sandwiches and a plentiful supply of ginger-beer, Julian, Dick, Anne, their tomboy cousin George (Georgina by rights) and Timmy the dog like nothing better than to spend their holidays hiking and biking, camping and exploring by themselves, invariably falling into adventure."
This year is the 70th Anniversary of the Famous Five books and to help celebrate the publishers, Hodder Children's Books, asked five famous illustrators to design new covers for the first five books in the series.
Currently we have 2 books from the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton in the Fiction section of our library. Next term look out for the other three 70th Anniversary Edition titles on the New Books display to add to our collection.
Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of about 20 Famous Five books by Enid Blyton as well as 2 audio books.
The above information about the Famous Five was adapted from here and here. If you'd like to find out more about Enid Blyton and her books you can find more here.
First celebrated in 1978 by the American Tolkien Society, and observed every year over the week containing 22nd September - known as Hobbit Day. Why 22nd September? Because it's the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins of course! This year is even more significant it being the 75th Anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit" by J R R Tolkien.
Sir Peter Jackson has joined in Tolkien Week this year by releasing a new trailer for the first Hobbit movie due to be released at the end of this year.
Zac at My Best Friends Are Books blog is hosting an awesome competition on his blog to celebrate the release of the latest book in Cristy Burne's Takeshita Demons series, Monster Matsuri. Thanks to Walker Books Australia, kids from Australia and New Zealand can enter the Takeshita Demons Monster Prize Competition to win 1 of 10 $50 prize packs.
To get in the draw you need to send a picture of your favourite montster. It can either be a monster of your own creation or a monster from a book or movie.
Yesterday Irish author Derek Landy visited Upper Hutt, he was co-hosted by Hutt International Boys School (HIBS) and St Brendan's School. The event was held in HIBS auditorium and students from the Hutt Valley, and perhaps a bit further afield, were welcomed by Kapa Haka performed by St Brendan's senior students. (Well done seniors, I've had some great feedback from other schools about your Kapa Haka.)
Derek began by talking about his life - from childhood till now, it took about nine minutes... He filled in some of the rest of his talk telling us about his pets, his German Shepherd - who now lives with his parents, and two Staffordshire Bull Terriers that he adopted as older dogs. He also told us how he became a Dog and Cat person after originally being a Dog person. It was all the fault of this little grey cat who kept visiting him in his new house and staring at him as he was working on his next Skulduggery book. The cat kept visiting, and kept visiting and he noticed it was getting a bit thin, so he started to feed it (big mistake!) He didn't know if the cat was a boy or a girl, and he didn't ask. He soon found out when two cute wee kittens arrived. Now he had three cats! Derek soon discovered that cats can multiply a bit like rabbits if you're not careful and at one point he had 13 cats in his house. Lucky for him he managed to find homes for most of them with other people.
Derek is "World Famous" for his Skulduggery Pleasant series of books for children and young adults - and he has a few adult fans too I hear! We found out some interesting facts about the Skulduggery books and here are a couple that I remember from yesterday.
It took him six months to write the first draft of the first Skulduggery Pleasant book, and in this first draft Tanith Lee was killed.
The only character that is based on a real person in some way is Skulduggery Pleasant who is based on Derek Landy Stephanie/Valkyrie who is based on a martial arts student he knew - this helped him with how a teenage girl would react to things, he didn't know this since he was never a teenage girl.
There may one day be a Skulduggery Pleasant movie.
photo by Mr Lawrence
After question time those who were interested (and who remembered to bring their Skulduggery book along) were able to go and get a book signed by Derek. A few St Brendan's students had books with them for signing - of course us adults were only in the photo with Derek Landy and the students to make up the numbers - Honest!
St Brendan's Book Fair is over again for another year. A BIG Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our major library "fundraiser". The value of sales this year earned us 30 free new books for our library collection. A BIG Thank you also to the families who purchased "Red Dot" books for donation to the library - keep a look out for them in the library later this term, they will all have special Book Fair 2012 Donation book plates inside!
St Brendan's Book Fair will be open before and after school next week.
It will also be open late during Student Conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sorry No Eftpos.
Mon 30th July 2.40pm-3.15pm
Tues 31st July 8.40am-9.15am
Wed 1st August 8.40am-9.15am
Thur 2nd August 8.40am-9.15am
Fri 3rd August 8.40am-9.15am
Hope to see you there.
Remember all purchases from the Book Fair help to earn free books for our school library.