I woke up this morning at 2am with aching feet (from the stress of moving to my new villa) and despite the nocturnal disruption, I had the opportunity to have an ephiphanous moment:
I wake up every morning with excitement and joy. Working in the best cycle 2 school in Ras Al Khaimah (Ibn Al Qayyim) with amazing students and teachers is a dream and once in a lifetime opportunity for most teachers.
MY MAGNIFICENT JELLY BEAN TREE
Illustrated by #AuraParker@auraparker
Published by @newfrontierpublishing
I bought this book a while ago and it’s been sitting in my ‘to review’ pile (Aura, this is how you were accidentally tagged a few weeks ago - this book was sitting a few underneath the school book!) So, let me tell you the reasons why you need to add this book to your home library…
Reasons we love this book:
1/ It teaches children to dream, imagine and have hope!
As adults, we all know that you can’t grow a jelly bean tree… but I love that this book keeps their little dreams alive and nurtures imagination and creativity. My 5yo LOVES this story - he has told me his tree would have only green jelly beans, as that is what trees look like (green) and also, because it’s his favourite colour… good thinking, but I’m more of a red and purple gal myself, so I’d like a bit of variety in the tree if he’s going to start taking over my garden ;) 2/ It is visually STUNNING!
The illustrations in this book are some of my favourite to date. Jelly beans come in almost every colour, so this book uses that creative guide and runs with it. The first page (see images in post) is a bit grey and dull… but once the jelly bean tree starts to grow, there is a colour explosion across the pages. It’s so engaging for little ones to look at and I think the colours actually open up the fun filled imagination part of their brain even further. Note; the page where he is in the nude is both my 1 & 5 year olds favourite spread… haha, they think it’s hysterical. Spot on with attracting the claps and cheers of the early childhood market.
3/ It’s the perfect rhyming, read-out-loud book.
We’ve been LOVING this one at bed time. It’s been on repeat the last couple of weeks, so with that, I think you know it’s a hit. I love that Maura’s text is easy to read (especially at the end of a long day) and the rhythmic flow is perfect. Lots of fun with words and easy to understand for the littles. Rhyming text can sometimes be hit and miss. This book nails it.
Please grab this one as your next birthday gift for anyone in the under 6 market
Opened in 1732 by Peter Faure, #bertrandlivraria#bertrandlibrary in #Lisbon is the oldest #bookshop#bookstore in the world.
Today, the bookstore chain which is 286 years old has more than 50 stores throughout Portugal. This particular store in #Chiado has however been at this spot only since the year 1755 since the original store was destroyed in the great earthquake that flattened much of Lisboa.
Rasulullah, pernah mengutusmya untuk menghancurkan berhala Uzza. Khalid pun meluluhlantakkan wibawa berhala itu hadapan penyembanya. Ia hancurkan Uzza. Setelah itu berkata," Aku mengingkarimu. Kamu tidak Maha Suci. Sesungguhnya Allah telah menghinakanmu". Kemudian Khalid bakar Tuhan jahiliyah itu (Sirah Nabawiyyah oleh Ibnu Katsir: 3/597)
"Kombinasi yang menakjubkan antara hasil riset verbal visual dengan imajinasi komunikusnya, Muatan imajinasi adalah keniscayaan komik sebagai wacana visual, sekeras apapun ia dioreintasikan pada fakta. Tetapi justru imajinasi itula yang membuat komik efektif melampaui fungsi kognisi, ialah membentuk afeksi (baca;mentalitet,motivasi,kebanggan,harga diri) pembacanya." (Ahmad Antarwirya, Kartunis, Dosen Seni Rupa & Desain)
"Mengandung visual yang menawan, membuat pembaca bisa menikmati sejarah dengan asik!" (Wahyu Aditya, Pendiri HelloMotion Acedemy).