There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss

Book Review – A summary stated in the beginning page of the book defines the storybook as: ‘A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words’ …

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 There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss (Book Review in mirandavoice.com)

Book: There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!

Genre: Children’s literature

Author: Dr. Seuss

Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners

Random House

Book Review: This yellow hard cover children’s book with the image of a boy with a strange creature in his pocket is a storybook of 14 colourful thick pages with illustrations of graffiti cartoon pictures describing a short rhyming story, a summary stated in the beginning page of the book defines the storybook as: ‘A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words’.

The construction of this children’s story is in sentences consisting of rhyming words, similar to the title of the story – which has two rhyming words i.e. WOCKET – POCKET; the word ‘pocket’ is a logical word in English literature – the word ‘pocket’ is a noun which basically imply ‘a small bag like attachment forming part of a garment and used to carry small articles’, whereas the word ‘wocket’ is considered a meaningless word in English literature.  In this narrative, the author has purposefully used the illogical words as names of weird funny creatures to create funny rhyming words with household objects; these sentences are fun to read and are also challenging for a child, as the child has to use his/her knowledge of phonics skills while reading these clever illogical words.

 

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss, is an approximate 300 words narrative, with 31 sentences – most of sentences fall within the range of 15 words, with only two longer sentences; however all sentences has a discontinuity after maximum of 4 words, as the next words of the sentence (maximum 4 words) is printed on the succeeding line. These sentences are mostly formed with the help of 2, 3, 4 letter words; the number of letters in the rhyming words range from 3 to 10, in these rhyming words only the first letter differs, the remaining letters are alike e.g WOCKET – POCKET (this pattern of formation does differs for few rhyming words in the narrative).

 

This children’s literature at first impression seems to be suitable for preschoolers because of its presentation, a preschool child may find this book visually pleasing but except for the 2, 3, 4 letter words which a preschooler will find easy to read from the narrative the whole content with rhyming words may be difficult for a preschool child’s intellect; in my opinion this book is best suited for children of 6 to 8 years.

 

 Academic  Use of the book, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss:

The easy presentation of the content in this children’s book may result in middle school children failing to notice the complexity of the sentences in the narrative, and they might regard this storybook as preschoolers book – to change this notion, the teacher can introduce this storybook to the children by reading the narrative in class to reveal the fun and complex element of the sentences.

Follow-Up Activities –

  • Each child can be asked to read one sentence from the story; the teacher can help the children with the pronunciation of difficult words. (Appropriate for children of 6 to 8 years)
  • Children can be asked to participate in writing examples of similar sentences from the narrative on the whiteboard or blackboard – relating one word of the sentence for the name of strange fiction creature to rhyme with any classroom objects. (Appropriate for children of 6-7 years)
  • Group games: Each group of children has to write a minimum of 5 sentences on the whiteboard or blackboard in 10 minutes (by any child from the group voluntarily participating to write one sentence each) – to write examples of similar sentence from the narrative, relating one word of the sentence for the name of strange fiction creature to rhyme with any classroom or any random objects which the children come across on daily basis. (Appropriate for children of 8 years)

The above activities is good for enhancement of –

Vocabulary development,

Cognitive development,

Creative development

Reading skills,

Writing skills,

Social skills,

Learning the significance of time;

And also leads for development of self-confidence in children.


Amazon link: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!: Dr. Seuss


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SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Book Review

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SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Sharon Dennis Wyeth  (Book Review on mirandavoice.com)

Book: Something Beautiful

Genre: Children’s literature

Author: Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Illustrator: Chris K. Soentpiet

Dragonfly Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books

Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Doubleday Books for Young Readers in 1998.

Book Review: SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, this children’s story emphasize that ‘beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’, our perspective over daily matters structures our attitude in life. This story is written from the viewpoint of a girl in her middle childhood (6-8 years of age)  who wants to find out the sense of something beautiful in the life of people who live in her neighbourhood.

It is a large size story book of fifteen glossy pages, containing 14 large illustrations, the free space in each illustration is utilized for the short narrative of the story – to link the illustrations with the story. The realistic or photographic illustrations by Chris K. Soentpiet are in canvas texture.

 

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, is an approximate 500 words story; most of the words in the narrative are easy to pronounce, has a healthy mixture of shorter words (comprising of 2, 3, 4, 5, letters) and longer words (comprising of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 letters), a number of longer words are a combination of two smaller words e.g.  some + thing = something,  court + yard = courtyard etc. The story has maximum number of sentences with number of words ranging between 5 to 15, and has only one sentence with number of words extending up to 19.

 

This children’s literature by Sharon Dennis Wyeth is broadly a conversation piece, an apt story for development of vocabulary and social skills in children of 4 to 8 years; a good reading material for children of 6 to 8 years, is also suitable to narrate as bedtime story for children of 4-5 years.

 

Academic  Use of the book, SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Sharon Dennis Wyeth:

For preschool kids, the teacher can narrate this story to a small group of (10-15) children with the aid of the story book for presentation of illustrations. For older children – a few number of this book can be circulated to be read at ease by all the children in the class (- appropriate for children of 7-8 years); each child can be asked to read a few lines from the story aloud in the class to complete the entire narrative, the teacher can help out the children in the pronunciation of difficult words (- appropriate for children of 6 years).

Follow-Up Activities –

  • A big box of colourful child friendly items can be presented before the child, the child can be asked to pick one or two items from the box which he/she finds the most attractive or beautiful; after the child picks up the item of his/her choice, the child can be asked the reason for the choice of his/her pick. (Appropriate for children of 4 to 6 years)
  • To form words (mentioned in the story), with the help of alphabet cards, comprising of 2, 3, 4, 5 letters (maximum number of letters in the word up to 5) – choices of many words can be displayed on a larger visual medium for the child’s convenience to pick and choose words of his/her preference from the visual medium, later the teacher can ask each child to pronounce the words which he/she has formed. (Appropriate for children of 4-5 years)
  • To write minimum 2 sentences with the prime word beautiful comprising in it, with minimum number of words in a sentence up to 5. (Appropriate for children of 6 years)
  • To copy and write any 3 sentences from the story-book that the child finds to be interesting in the story; then classify the words in each sentence into – Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Pronouns. (Appropriate for children of 7-8 years)

The above activities is good for enhancement of –

Cognitive development,

Vocabulary development,

Social skills,

Reading skills,

Learning of mathematical concepts;

Also leads for development of attention span in children,

Development of self-confidence,

Understanding of self-awareness.


Amazon link: Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth


My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits

Book Review

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Book: My Name Is Yoon

Genre: Children’s Literature

Author: Helen Recorvits

Illustrator: Gabi Swiatkowska

Imprints of Macmillan

First Square Fish Edition: 2014

Book Review: A story on a little girl ‘Yoon’ – who is seeking for acceptance in a country she has migrated to, which is very dissimilar from her native country; this story conveys that when we learn to accept our own persona we find ourselves more connected with others and humanity rather than cultural similarity between people is more responsible for social acceptance.

 

My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits, is an approximate 900 words story made up of several two, three, four and five letter words, with the maximum letter count in a word up to ten; the story comprises of words which are frequently repeated in the narration.

The illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska are a neat presentation of artworks linking the progress of the story; I found that the exceptional feature of these artworks are the facial expressions of the different characters, which is precisely in tune with the emotional disposition required to describe the delicate quality of the story.

This children’s book is a good reading material to narrate for bedtime stories for children of 3 to 5 years and  a good source of reading  for children of 6 -7 years.

 

Academic use of the book, My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits:  (Appropriate for children of 5-7 years)

The teacher can narrate the story, with the aid of a larger visual medium for the presentation of the illustrations of the story which would be an interesting and a helpful medium to gain the attention of the children.

Follow-Up Activities –

  • Teacher can ask the children to state some of the repeated words mentioned in the story; ask the children questions for one word or one line answers. (Appropriate for children of 5-7 years)
  • Children can be asked to write down their own name with the crayon of their colour choice on a paper – observe the different letters in their name, count the number of letters in their name, count the similar letters in their name – through this activity children can also find out the names of children in their class who have the maximum number of letters in their name and the minimum number of letters in their name. (Appropriate for children of 5-6 years)
  • A multiple choice answer sheet for assessment could also be the best option for follow-up activity. (Appropriate for 7 year old children)
  • Each child can be asked to read a few lines from the story aloud in the class to complete the entire narrative. (Appropriate for children of 6-7 years)

The above activities based on the superior quality of the story, is good for enhancement of –

Reading skills,

Writing skills,

Linguistic skills,

Social skills,

Auditory skills,

Cognitive development,

Learning of mathematical concepts,

And also leads for development of attention span in children.


Amazon link: My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits


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The Crowd

A documentary photograph …

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I had captured this image from an overhead bridge of a city in the Thane District, during the occasion of Diwali –

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NIGHT IN THE COUNTRY: By Cynthia Rylant


Author: Cynthia Rylant is an American author, she has written more than 100 children’s books, many of Rylant’s books are about her childhood in Appalachia.

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Book: NIGHT IN THE COUNTRY

Genre: Children’s literature

Story by Cynthia Rylant

Pictures by Mary Szilagyi

Aladdin Paperbacks

An imprint of Simon & Schuster

First Aladdin Paperbacks edition 1991

 

Book Review: Night in the Country, is a story on describing the countryside at night with emphasis on the sound of some common night creatures, animals and things in the tranquil of night; the pictures give the impression of being colour pencil art – comprising of many darker tones of colours and are of blurry styles, it is like a visual narrative with few lines of the short story printed on the pages of the book.

 

Academic Use: This narrative is especially appropriate for teaching auditory readiness/discrimination in the age group of 4 to 6 years; the teacher can narrate the story along with the aid of an audio player for sound recordings of some of the creatures and things mentioned in the story.

As per my perspective, this story is best suited in audio visual format than in a book format for teaching auditory discrimination in preschool children.

This book is a good reading material for children of 6 to 8 years – with mentions of auditory words for vocabulary development, for encouraging nature sensitivity; and also a good resource book of art-works for children who are inclined towards creative-work of painting


Amazon link: Night in the Country by Cynthia Rylant


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The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher: By MOLLY BANG

Book Review

This book is a prime example to express how art can be used as a medium for education or for children’s healthy entertainment in an exceptional style.

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Book: The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

Genre: Children’s Book

Author: MOLLY BANG

Aladdin Paperbacks

An imprint of Simon & Schuster

First Aladdin Paperbacks edition May 1996

Book Review: The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher is a picture story book of 24 pages with two central characters – one is the Strawberry Snatcher who is drawn as having a blue coloured, thin body with long limbs wrapped in a clothing of bright green with base of red and wearing an awkward purple hat, the entire figure of the strawberry snatcher is uncanny still amusing; and the other is the Grey Lady with a big body and with grey hair, wearing a fully covered grey coat, this figure resembles a clever, gratified grandma.

This book is a set of painting art-works with loud colours, the pictures are in rapid sequence; a few drawings combine  to  express two or more sequence of the story at one instance, a few others is fascinating mix of similar colours where the observer of the story has to search to spot one of the characters in the picture – and this is done with matching the background colour of the picture with the colour of the clothing of one of the central characters.

 

Yes, the story is about the peculiar looking strawberry snatcher who follows the grey lady to snatch her basket full of strawberries — this is a witty story and an intellectual  piece of art which makes it more appropriate for children of 7 years and above to appreciate – more so for visual learners or for children who have an aptitude  for creative skill like painting.

 

Academic Use: This book can be  valuable  as a conversation piece for children of 8 to 10 years; two children  can give voice-over to the two characters, the dialogues between the characters will vary according to the individuality of the children yet the conversation has to inflexibly be within the picture description of the story, this activity can also mark the growth of children’s intellectual and language ability.

 

Author: Molly Garrett Bang is an American illustrator. For her illustration of children’s books she has been a runner-up for the American Caldecott Medal three times and for the British Greenaway Medal once.


Amazon link: The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang


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The Italian’s Vengeful Seduction: By Bella Frances

Book Review

The vigorous title of the novel impeccably matches with the content of the novel; the author has remarkably penned the romantic equation between the two central characters of the book, which the novel entirely involves of, as an intense romantic chemistry yet almost without the trace of vulgarity and with a shrewd sense of humour.

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Novel: The Italian’s Vengeful Seduction

Genre: Romance

Author: Bella Frances

Mills & Boon Modern Romance

First Published in Great Britain  2017

By Mills & Boon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Book Review:  Stacey Jackson was Marco Borsatto adolescent fantasy, as a teenager every single thing about her caused some kind of chain reaction in him from brain to body, and he considered her special — in her explosive toxic anger she’d lied to say stupid things to him that had caused them both pain and had made her and his life spin.

 After ten years, Stacey by coincidence bangs with his limousine in a minor traffic accident, and then their passionate adult romantic equation begins …

It is one of those love stories which has a cliché plot; and on the other hand Bella Frances has powerfully proven how a writer’s optimistic attitude can greatly affect to turn a cliché plot into an awesome narrative. The author has not dwelled too much into trivial description of things, and has remained loyal to the main essence of the plot in her narrative i.e. the sensual chemistry between the protagonists; the conversation between the main characters of the story is likeable and so is the smooth narrative to easily fascinate the reader into the soft quality of the story, with no disturbing elements included to cause reader distress.

As a reader of this novel, I would like to say that the picture of the male model at the cover of the book does not match with the robust description of the male character Marco Borsatto  of the novel. All in all, this novel is an enjoyable read for readers of 16 years and above; and in the words of the author of the novel – the story can be termed as, “Original. A little more flavoursome.”


Amazon link: The Italian’s Vengeful Seduction (Claimed by a Billionaire): By Bella Frances


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