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REVIEWED BY LILLIANNA, 9, VIC

Thunderstorm dancing

Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Judy Watson, Allen and Unwin, ISBN 9781743314593

Lillianna borrowed a copy of this book from her school library.

Thunderstorm dancing is a story that you won’t see every day. It has lots of clues that keep it fascinating.

A family is at the beach and there’s a storm coming, but is it really a storm after all?

The book has very detailed illustrations and the pictures have been created with great care and respect.

Each page is about a different character.

I recommend Thunderstorm Dancing for 3–9 year olds because there are more pictures than words.

I give Thunderstorm Dancing a 5-star rating.


This is Lillianna’s first book review for Alphabet Soup. If you’d like to read more book reviews by Oxley Christian College students, you can click on ‘Oxley Christian College’ in the grey categories box in the right column of this blog. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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REVIEWED BY BREANNA, 8, VIC

Frog Finds a Place

Frog Finds a Place by Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, ill. Dub Leffler, Omnibus Books, ISBN 9781742990231

Breanna read a copy of this book in her school library.

Frog wants to fly to the moon and stars to make friends.

One night Frog has a dream, He is with the moon and stars up in the sky, playing games telling jokes, until Old Crow comes along and ‘caws’ at Frog. Frog wakes up from his dream just as Old Crow flies away into the darkness.

Spider thinks that Frog could make a web to reach into space. Possum suggests that Frog could swing from a high vine in the woods. Crow reckons that Frog needs some feathers to fly high into space. Will Frog ever get to the moon and stars?

This book is about a frog who has a dream that he can’t achieve on his own. However, when he finds help, his hope grows like ours does when we have faith in an opportunity to try and achieve.


This is Breanna’s first book review for Alphabet Soup. If you’d like to read more book reviews by Oxley Christian College students, you can click on ‘Oxley Christian College’ in the grey categories box in the right column of this blog. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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REVIEWED BY GABRIELLA, 9, VIC

Adelaide's Secret World

Adelaide’s Secret World by Elise Hurst, Allen and Unwin, ISBN 9781743313350

Gabriella read a copy of this book in her school library.

Adelaide’s Secret World is a wonderful fantasy book.

Adelaide is a lonely ginger coloured rabbit.

The setting is a town that was once a bustling place but is now a lonely place. Adelaide watches the sun rise every morning and the stars come up every night.

Will she find a friend?

The story could be confusing for young children, but is fabulous for children aged 7–11 who love to visit imaginary places when reading.


This is Gabriella’s first book review for Alphabet Soup. If you’d like to read more book reviews by Oxley Christian College students, you can click on ‘Oxley Christian College’ in the grey categories box in the right column of this blog. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

 

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REVIEWED BY CHARLOTTE, 9, VIC

Snail and Turtle are friends (cover)

Snail and Turtle are Friends by Stephen Michael King, Scholastic Australia, ISBN 9781743620236

Charlotte read a copy of this book in her school library.

Snail and Turtle are Friends opens with the greeting:

Good morning Snail, Good morning Turtle.

Set outside in both the garden and open space, this story shows us that friends can be different, but still have fun.

The cover illustration is colourful. It caught my interest and made me wonder. This book is for ages 3+ because it is short, easy to read and very colourful.

Charlotte attends Oxley Christian College and this is her first book review for Alphabet Soup. If you’d like to read more book reviews by Oxley Christian College students, click on ‘Oxley Christian College’ in the grey categories box in the right column of this blog. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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REVIEWED BY BEN, 9, VIC

Hello from Nowhere (cover)

Hello from Nowhere by Raewyn Caisley, illustrated by Karen Blair, Penguin Books Australia, ISBN 9780670075003

Ben read a copy of this book in his school library.

The story is set in Nowhere in the Australian outback. Nowhere is no longer a real place. Eve thought that living in the middle of Nowhere was better than living anywhere else in the world. However, she misses one thing, her Nan. But Eve has an idea. Will it work or will she be stuck with Dad, Brian the seagull, Livestock the lazy cat and Bluey the blue tongue lizard forever?

It’s an amazing story. The watercolour and pencil drawings really match the desert theme. This book shows us that we don’t always want to be alone. This book made me feel tense wondering how Eve’s idea would be put together.

Ben attends Oxley Christian College and this is his first book review for Alphabet Soup. If you’d like to read more book reviews by Oxley Christian College students, click on ‘Oxley Christian College’ in the grey categories box in the right column of this blog. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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REVIEWED BY ATLANTA, 9, VIC

The soldier's gift)

The Soldier’s Gift by Tony Palmer, illustrated by Jane Tanner, Penguin Books Australia, ISBN 9780670077571

Atlanta read a copy of this book in her school library.

The Soldier’s Gift is about a young girl, Emily, who is desperate to do anything to stop her brother, Tom, from going to World War I in Turkey.

She tries her hardest to stop Tom, but when the time comes for Tom to leave the farm, she knows he needs to.

Tom faces the Turks in battle!

What will he write in letters home to his family?

What are his family thinking about while they wait for news?

This book can increase our learning about the Anzacs and life on the home front during a tragic time of war.

Atlanta attends Oxley Christian College and this is her first book review for Alphabet Soup. If you’d like to read more book reviews by Oxley Christian College students, click on ‘Oxley Christian College’ in the grey categories box in the right column of this blog. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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REVIEWED BY JOSHUA, 8, VIC

A house of her own (cover)

A House of Her Own by Jenny Hughes, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley, Little Hare Books, ISBN 9781742974620

Joshua read this book in his school library.

Audrey tells Dad that she’s bigger than she was yesterday and that their house is too small. Dad gives her some ideas about relocating to a new house like the garage, the shed and even the chook shed.

Then Audrey finds the perfect place … up a tree. Dad helps to build a treehouse. When it’s finished, she loves it.

Will she ever want to come down? But Audrey has some scary thoughts and worries when her dad returns to their old house for the night.

I like this book because I always wanted to build my own tree house that only I could go into.

I recommend the story for children aged 7+.

Joshua attends Oxley Christian College and this is his first book review for Alphabet Soup. If you’d like to read more book reviews by Oxley Christian College students, you can click on ‘Oxley Christian College’ in the grey categories box in the right column of this blog. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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