Jan 292011

The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me

by Roald Dahl

The giraffe, the pelican and the agile monkey set

out to prove that they are the best window-cleaning
company around. This edition has some new facts
about Roald Dahl, and a great new cover featuring
Quentin Blake’s illustrations.

Fiction Activities for The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

…  included in this package are links to:

- Activity sheet

- Teacher’s Notes

- Fiction activities

- Trivia Quiz

- Lesson

- Scholastic Book  wizard

- Group Project

- Lesson plan

for the whole package, click here =>  http://bit.ly/dL4eye

Sep 292010

Out now is the Puffin Designer Classics Limited Edition James and the Giant Peach, beautifully designed by Antony Gormley.

“Books should be good to hold and good to look at as well as good to read.”
Antony Gormley

Celebrating Puffin’s 70th anniversary, Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North and Another Place, has contributed to the Puffin Designer Classics collection with this beautiful hardback edition of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.

This is a collectable, limited edition item, with only 1000 copies produced.

“Something is about to happen, he told himself. Something peculiar is about to happen at any moment. He hadn’t the faintest idea what it might be, but he could feel it in his bones that something was going to happen soon. He could feel it in the air around him… in the sudden stillness that had fallen upon the garden.”

Cheapest edition I could find for Australians is here => http://bit.ly/9cNEeN
or you can buy it from Amazon here => http://amzn.to/am8CWc

Jan 042010

Fantastic Mr. Fox

~ Roald  Dahl

Illustrated by  Quentin Blake

Format: Paperback 96 pages


Released:   August 16 2007

Publisher: Puffin

Ages: 9-12

Themes: animals

Price: $7.50

In the tradition of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a “garden tale” of farmer versus vermin, or vice versa. The farmers in this case are a vaguely criminal team of three stooges: “Boggis and Bunce and Bean / One fat, one short, one lean. / These horrible crooks / So different in looks / Were nonetheless equally mean.” Whatever their prowess as poultry farmers, within these pages their sole objective is the extermination of our hero–the noble, the clever, the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Our loyalties are defined from the start; after all, how could you cheer for a man named Bunce who eats his doughnuts stuffed with mashed goose livers? As one might expect, the farmers in this story come out smelling like … well, what farmers occasionally do smell like.

This early Roald Dahl adventure is great for reading aloud to three- to seven-year-olds, who will be delighted to hear that Mr. Fox keeps his family one step ahead of the obsessed farmers.

When they try to dig him out, he digs faster; when they lay siege to his den, he tunnels to where the farmers least expect him–their own larders! In the end, Mr. Fox not only survives, but also helps the whole community of burrowing creatures live happily ever after. With his usual flourish, Dahl evokes a magical animal world that, as children, we always knew existed, had we only known where or how to look for it.

Play the Whackbat game

Watch the movie trailer

Fiction Activities
Vocabulary List for Fantastic Mr. Fox

Lesson Plans for Fantastic Mr.Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox A matching game to reinforce characters in
this popular Roald Dahl novel.

Reading Quiz  http://www.puiching.edu.hk/~pc-ckc/fox.htm

Novel Study  http://www.tlt.ab.ca/projects/Div1/Grade3/fantasticfox/foxy.html

Vocabulary PowerPoint   FantasticMr. Fox

EThemes  http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00000553.shtml

Rainbow Journey Two  http://www.e-magine.education.tas.gov.au/n-touch/surftherainbow/projecttwo/fox.htm

Lesson Plans http://www.mce.k12tn.net/reading48/lesson_plans_for_fantastic_mr.htm

Vocabulary Exercises Activity1 http://www.shorncliss.qld.edu.au/000884.asp
&  Activity 2

Fantastic Mr. Fox NovelStudy  http://www.tlt.ab.ca/projects/Div1/Grade3/fantasticfox/foxy.html

Novel Study http://www.lgsd.k12.nf.ca/imc/PrimaryNovels.asp

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Sep 132008

13th September Roald Dahl Day

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Ideas for teachers
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Worksheets for Younger children
Click here for six worksheets to print out for 5-7 year-olds.

Worksheets for Older children
Click here for eight worksheets to print out for 8-12 year-olds.

Roald Dahl Quiz

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