Thursday, 29 May 2014

Living in Limbo

Anyone that knows me will know that nearly all of the time I can't do things by halves, I have to dive right in or not at all, its just who I am. So you can begin to imagine my frustration at being in Limbo! If you don't already know we are on the move again to Lincoln, and my husband started his new job a week ago. In the interim we, myself and the boys have moved in with my parents so that we can figure out all the tiresome moving stuff that it comes with. Except that now I am stuck in this interim stage, frustrated that I can't get on with organizing all of the things that need to happen with moving to Lincoln because we don't have a house (yet).

So sorry if I have been quiet in the last month, life is far from normal at the moment and with two boys the unsettled feeling comes with challenges of its own. I feel like I have had a month of Mondays - you know the day after having two adults on hand all weekend long to keep the boys busy and then suddenly there is just me, and I am not the one the want, and as much as I would like to play all day long dinner still has to be made. Mondays are always the most exhausting days of the week.

My youngest pointed at our old rented house on the way back from the park and asked if we could "Go home now", I nearly cried. This time moving seems so emotionally draining and time consuming! I am so ready to go home too, well to our new home, wherever that is!

Bunny Loves To Learn

This month as part of Parragon book buddies scheme we have been sent to review Bunny Loves to Learn, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Emma Foster and Deborah Melmon. With my eldest son having just turned four and ready to go to school in September, Bunny Loves to Learn seemed like the perfect book for him to get stuck into. I have been looking for books that depict and share a little of what kinds of things the classroom environment might be like, as a way of preparing him and this seems to fit the bill perfectly.

In the Bunny Loves to Learn book Buster bunny and his friends Max, Francine and Sam love to learn. The teacher, Mrs Nibbler announces that the class will be doing a simple and fun learning project. They will choose costumes from the dress-up box, make something from the time of the characters chosen and then dress up and present their work to the class. Busters friend Max has trouble deciding what he is going to do as the pharaoh's crown is missing from the box and then the soldier costume is too big for him. Max's final costume is a big surprise!

Its a great book to read and my four year old liked finding out more about the Egyptians and some of the other historical characters that they dress up as. The book itself has lovely illustrations and I liked the mix of medias on the pages where most of the page is drawn but photographs of real items have been included in the pictures too. Including the computer searches as part of the book is clever and I felt that it made the book feel modern and up to date with how children will be researching. I usually like to do character voices as I read and I found it a bit harder to work out whose voice I was supposed to be using as there is a lot of dialogue. I don't think this book will become one of our favourites, but we have enjoyed reading it and it has also sparked lots of conversations about Knights, Egyptians, Vikings and Soldiers which is fun. Overall we enjoyed it and its well worth a read.

There are more Bunny Loves books as well and the range is available as a Read-Along ebook available to iBooks, NOOK and Kobo. If you would like to find out more you can here : Bunny Loves to Learn.

I did receive a copy of the book in order to review it.