Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Frida Kahlo, in full Frida Kahlo de Rivera, original name Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón (born July 6, 1907, Coyoacán, Mex.—died July 13, 1954, Coyoacán), Mexican painter noted for her intense, brilliantly coloured self-portraits painted in a primitivistic style. Though she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist. She was married to muralist Diego Rivera (1929, separated 1939, remarried 1941).

In which country was Frida Kahlo born? Come to me with the answer and receive a treat.

Monday, November 21, 2011


The Adventures of Tin Tin, the movie will be released on Boxing Day (26th December). Tin Tin books will be ready to borrow term 1, 2012



Photographer: unknown

I love photography, so I will post a new photo each week.

Let me know which is your favourite!


The student librarians are running a cake and second-hand book stall this Thursday, during morning tea and lunchtime.

All money raised will be used to purchase new books for the library.

If you would like to contribute either cakes, biscuits, sweets, muffins etc or any old books, please bring them along to the library. All donations will be appreciated.

Friday, November 18, 2011

GANGSTA GRANNY written by David Walliams

Another hilarious and moving novel from bestselling, critically acclaimed author David Walliams, the natural successor to Roald Dahl. A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David's previous bestsellers. Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma's house. She's the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn't know about his grandma. 1) She was once an international jewel thief. 2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben's help!

I HATE SCHOOL, written by Jeanne Willis/Tony Ross

New to the library this week....

There was a fine young lady, and her name was Honor Brown, she didn't want to go to school, she hoped it would burn down...

And why not, when her teacher is a warty toad, her classroom is a hole? When what the dinner ladies feed them on is rabbit-poo and coal? It can't be true, or can it? She is such a drama queen!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

THE 13-STOREY TREEHOUSE written by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton

Andy and Terry's 13-storey treehouse is the most amazing treehouse in the world!! It's got a bowling alley, a see through swimming pool, a tank full of man-eating sharks, a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory and a marshmallow machine that follows you around, and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

Reserve it now!

Monday, November 14, 2011

THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL, ANN FRANK written by AnnFrank, edited by Otto H Frank and Mirjam Pressler

After the travelling exhibition held at the Air Force Museum recently, all books on Ann Frank in our library have been very popular. This is a new book to our library.

'Hiding.... where would we hide?.... Margot and I started packing our most important belongings into a satchel. The first thing I stuck in was this diary....

In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in confinement, and she confides her inermost thoughts and longings. But her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, they were all betrayed.

Sixty years after its first publication, The Diary of a Young Girl remains the single most poignant story to emerge from the Second World War.


I am sure that these three new books to the library will be VERY popular, particularly with the boys!

This revoltingly fascinating book is packed with disgusting, gross and repulsive things sure to appeal to young readers. Includes disgusting animals, plants, and other creatures to disgusting foods, inventions, and of course a selection of revolting human body bits such as snot, scabs and earwax. Each page includes a revoltingness rating and an intriguing description of the disgusting topic in question, along with photographs and diagrams. Side boxes and a science section on every page give extra angles and valuable educational insights into the most disgusting things our world has to offer.

Reserve it now!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


The library will be open from 8.30am - 3.15pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Come along to our Scholastic Book Fair and stock up on gifts for Christmas!

Tell your family, friends and neighbours as the more we sell, the more commission we get to purchase new books for our library - so spread the word!

Have you thought about donating a book to our library??

Friday, November 4, 2011

THE BUTTERFLY AND THE EARTHQUAKE, story by Carol McKeever, illustrated by Ned Barraud

New to the library this week.. a lovely book which is dedicated to the children of Christchurch and to their families.

The Butterfly and the Earthquake tells the story of Tom and his family on the day of the Christchurch earthquake. The beautiful illustrations give a sensitive portrayal of a child’s experiences of the quake . The story follows Tom as he moves from surprise and confusion when the earthquake strikes to comfort and calm.

The book was inspired by Monarch butterflies which delight children every summer. The story draws on the idea that parents can create an emotional cocoon for their children during traumatic events.

" At 12.51 pm on the 22nd February 2011 a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch. Five months previously a magnitude 7.1 quake rocked the city and the Canterbury region.

The children of Christchurch and of Canterbury have suffered greatly as a result of these earthquakes and this book is dedicated to them.

The Butterfly and the Earthquake is designed to be read to children by a supportive adult who can help with any memories or emotions that may arise as a result of the story.

Royalties from this book will be donated to Save the Children, New Zealand."

MAU MOKO: The World of Maori Tattoo, written by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

In the traditional Maori world the moko, or facial or body tattoo, was part of everyday life; everyone had some patterning on their skin. Men wore elaborate designs on their faces; women's were usually less complex but elegant, and both sexes had extensive body work. After almost dying out in the twentieth century, Maori skin art is now experiencing a powerful revival, with many young urban Maori displaying the moko as a spectacular gesture of ethnic pride and identity. This hugely popular and magnificently illustrated book, compiled by a group of Maori scholars from the University of Waikato, is the closest there has ever been to a 'complete' book on moko. Mau Moko examines the use of moko by traditional Maori, notes historical material including manuscripts and unpublished, aural sources, and links the art to the present day. It explores the cultural and spiritual issues surrounding moko and relates dozens of stories, many of them powerful and heart-warming, from wearers and artists. Mau Moko is superbly enhanced by images from early European encounters, traditional Maori representations, and new colour photography commissioned for the book by Becky Nunes.


Weaving is more than just a product of manual skills. From the simple rourou (food basket) to the prestigious kahukiwi (kiwi feather cloak), weaving is endowed with the very essence of the spiritual values of Maori people. The first Maori settlers brought the knowledge of weaving with them. In Aotearoa they found new plant materials, including the versatile harakeke (New Zealand flax). They also incorporated feathers from birds and the skin and hair of their dogs. They wove practical items necessary for everyday life. But they also wove exceptional items such as fine mats and wall panels and, above all, kakahu (cloaks) of immense significance, which bestow mana (prestige) on both weaver and wearer. This major new publication opens the storeroom doors of the Te Papa Tongarewa Maori collections, illuminating the magnificent kakahu in those collections and the art and tradition of weaving itself. Five, informative chapters, each written by an expert contributor, reveal the history and significance of weaving, every page sumptuously illustrated with detailed, all-new photographs by Te Papa photographer Norm Heke. In addition, forty rare and precious kakahu are featured specially within this book, with glossy colour detail illustrations of each, plus historical and contextual images and graphic diagrams of weaving techniques. These are accompanied by engaging descriptions bringing together information on every cloak - its age, materials, and weaving technique with quotes from master weavers and other experts, stories of the cloaks, details of their often remarkable provenance. A full glossary, illustrated guide to cloak types, and index are included.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

KEI TE PEHEA KOE? written and illustrated by Tracy Duncan

New to the library this week.

A delightful, easy introduction to saying how you feel using Te Reo. Young and old alike will be able to describe whether they are feeling hoha (bored), makariri (cold), matekai (hungry) or simply tinopai rawe (fantastic)! A pronunciation guide in the back of the book gives new learners to Te Reo a simple guide to the language.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Read the blog, find the answer to the question and the first student to come to me with the correct answer will win a prize. Be quick!


Joshua, room 12, was the lucky winner of the Te Wananga O Aotearoa competition, winning $700.00 of books from Academy Books, New Zealand, for his school, along with prizes for himself.

Joshua with a selection of the books that have benefited our Maori Cultural Room and Library.

Many thanks to Joshua. Well done!


I have a new favourite picture book! Marmaduke Duck and Bernadette Bear is so well written by Juliette MacIver and has the most wonderful illustrations by Sarah Davis.

What I thought was rather touching, was the dedication by Sarah Davis "For the Johnson Brothers Grocers in Christchurch, who sold us treats every Christmas until their shop was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake." (which has just re-opened in the temporary shops in Cashel Street Mall, last week)

If you liked 'Marmaduke Duck and the marmalade jam' you will LOVE this one! This book is a fantastic read and a visual 'spectacular' for young and old! Reserve it now! (after I have finished with it :-))