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How to encourage children to write book reviews

This post comes courtesy of Read, Write, Think as I think it explains things pretty well (even for some adults lol) Reviewing a favourite (or not so favourite) book helps a child’s reading comprehension. It also gives him or her the opportunity to express an opinion through writing and develop his or her writing style and voice.In order to write an …

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The Happy Life

An inspiring guide to finding health and happiness from the author of The 20/20 Diet and The Happy Cookbook. Happiness. It’s the big one; the thing we’re all striving for. But rather than happiness being something you ‘get’ from status or material things, it’s something you must find within yourself. This beautiful, honest book is nutritionist Lola Berry’s achievable guide …

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Lonely Planet – Let’s Explore

Meet Amelia and Marco, the stars of Lonely Planet Kids’ new series of sticker activity books, Let’s Explore…, published next month   Amelia loves technology and gadgets, while Marco is fascinated by maps. In the Let’s Explore… books, Amelia and Marco guide young explorers around the world, taking them through jungles, on safari, and into the ocean. These new books from Lonely Planet Kids each feature more than 250 stickers, and are perfect for any child aged …

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The Complete Home Baking Collection

A stunning new cookbook that contains the very best baking recipes from Alison and Simon Holst. Baking is having a massive resurgence in popularity recently, the number of specialty shops and television programmes devoted to it are testament to that. However, for many, producing your own baked goods can still seem a little intimidating but, the truth of the matter is, …

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The Nutcracker

  Christmas eve is the most magical night of the year, when the house is scented with wood smoke and spices, and there are secrets under every bed! Snow whispers down like feathers and every child waits, breathless, for the curtain to rise on Christmas day …And for one little girl, this Christmas eve is more magical than any before. …

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‘Tis the Month Before Christmas: The True Story of Santa

  Based on the concept of an advent calendar, this unique book will keep children busy and excited about bedtime reading for a whole month before Christmas. Thirty separate stories are hidden between the pages of the book, and tell the real story of Santa’s life. The in-between pages are filled with crafts, activities and fun facts from around the …

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The Dressmaker

Sometime in the 1950s, Tilly Dunnage, a Paris couturier, returns to her home town of Dungatar in rural Australia, having left under a black cloud of vicious accusations when she was a child. She plans only to visit her tragically mad mother Molly, but ends up staying longer than planned. Tilly is ostracised at first, but her extraordinary dressmaking skills …

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Fast Food for Busy Families

Real food, in under 30 minutes!   Pete Evans knows that most of us don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen making meals that are good for us and that taste great too. We want food that nourishes us, but that is also easy to make (and that the kids might eat!). The key is using herbs, spices, nuts …

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I Quit Sugar: Simplicous

Sarah Wilson taught the world how to quit sugar in eight weeks, then how to quit sugar for life, incorporating mindful, sustainable practices across real, whole wellness. Now she strips things back to the essentials, simply and deliciously. She shows us how to shop, cook and eat like we used to in the days before sugar-laced processed food hit our …

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The Girl in the Spiders Web

The Girl in the Spiders Web Author: David Lagercrantz ISBN: 9780857053503 Crime & Thriller Published by: Hachette NZ Paperback THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO IS BACK. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch for some time. Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder. Warned that his life is in danger, but more concerned for …

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