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About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.

Alien and the Pants of Doom by Jimmy Mars

  Much to my surprise this has been an enjoyable read. If you have children who enjoy reading about the noises the human body can use, then this might be the book for them. Forget about looking at life from an … Continue reading

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David Walliams chosen and recommened by the boys in my class

David Walliams is not an author I would particularly recommend but he has struck a chord with several of the boys in my class, therefore he has gone up in my estimation in being able engage the reader. They find … Continue reading

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What to recommend to a budding author? Follow up 1.

Well the children have rummaged through the books and chosen some to read. They have been willing to have a go at my recommendations but their reactions so far suggests that the more up to date books will be winners. … Continue reading

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What to recommend to a budding author?

I have a few children in my class who want to be writers, they are writers. They have already started practicing their craft, bringing in their work in progress for me to listen to. How to help and support them? … Continue reading

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The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Clime

This version of Cinderella has all the basic events and characters we know and love but set in the context of early Chinese society. When the beautiful Yeh-Shin’s mother dies her father remarried a woman who already had her own … Continue reading

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Yeh-Shen the Chinese Yeh-Shen Cinderella story from China Retold by Ai-Ling Louie illustrated by Ed Young

This version of Cinderella has all the basic events and characters we know and love but set in the context of early Chinese society. When the beautiful Yeh-Shin’s mother dies her father remarried a woman who already had her own … Continue reading

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Cinderella, The Fairytale FILES by Alan Durant illustrated by Ross Collins

The story of Cinderella told from a different angle. Inspector in chief Rumple Stiltskin ESQ has been asked by Cinderella prospective in-laws to investigate her background to make sure that she is a suitable match for their son. Rumple Stiltskin … Continue reading

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