UK department store Sainsbury’s features Judith Kerr’s famous book character, Mog the cat, in an advertisement for the Christmas season. These ads are also excellent examples of persuasive visual texts.
Sainsbury’s official Christmas advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas calamity
Sainsbury’s official Christmas 2014 ad – 1914
And the current ad is:
Sainsbury’s official Christmas advert 2016 – The greatest gift
It’s Book Week again. I was thrilled to have been invited to last Friday’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)’s Book of the Year Award presentations for 2016 at Teachers Federation House, hosted by CBCA NSW.
Classes at Penrith PS have been busily creating displays for the school library. Every few minutes, another display arrives and we seek out an ideal spot for it. This has been a tradition at the school for many decades.
Yesterday, our school participated in ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime. Each Stage gathered in groups around the school at 11am (simultaneously with schools all over Australia) to share the picture book, The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey!
The Brothers Quibble
The Brothers Quibble [Auslan version]
Aaron Blabey – Picture book maker [Story Box Library]
Each year, our school’s community (K-6, and often the preschool) has participated in the annual ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime. Each Stage gathers in groups around the school and the library to read a specified picture book together at 11am, simultaneously with schools all over Australia.
This year’s book is The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey! The event occurs on Wednesday 27th May.
A message from Aaron Blabey NSS 2015 author
The Brothers Quibble read by author Aaron Blabey [Story Box Library]
Presenting ‘My father the great pirate: teachers’ notes‘, by yours truly, published by Australian Standing Orders & Wilkins Farago, 2014. In support of the picture book by Davide Cali & Maurizio Quarello, and including this digital story on PhotoPeach as an example of a practical learning activity I brainstormed with Stage 2 and Stage 3 students a few months ago:
Coinciding with today’s National Simultaneous Storytime 2014, here’s a box of elephants from the picture book, “Too many elephants in this house” by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner. It was created with masking tape, red acrylic paint with sponged shading, blue corrugated cardboard, black ink permanent marker and pink and silver waterbomb balloons. Trunks were cut from matching pink and silver plastic partyware bowls.
This back panel was left unpainted deliberately. Note the yellow plastic ladder emerging from the chimney hole.
One more elephant squeezes in!
Here’s a great book trailer for the picture book:
Too many elephants in this house by Ursula Dubosarsky
& Andrew Joyner
And an elephant story we once retold as a digital slideshow on PhotoPeach:
The elephant’s child
Just before 11.00 this morning, the school library at Penrith Public School was invaded by a herd of tiny elephants, to help celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime 2014:
Stage 2 students are still investigating People and their beliefs in HSIE. Today we compared Santa in Australia, a picture book by Maryann Pfeifer & David Van Asten with the song popularised by Rolf Harris, Six white boomers:
Six white boomers – a Rolf Harris tribute
We have read several Australian parody versions of “The twelve days of Christmas”, but here is a Youtube ciip of the original carol:
12 Days of Christmas – Christmas carol
Early Stage 1 students asked me to add this Youtube clip, one of their classroom favourites:
Aussie Jingle Bells – Bucko & Champs – the original