Wednesday, February 13, 2019

We're back!

After a long battle, where I was locked out of this blog and for the life of me could find no way back in, and after numerous communications to google and blogger, all of which seemed to go into a black hole, today, gloriously, I'm in again. Thank you to the anonymous employee who made it possible!

So it's 2019, and on the new PRACE FaceBook page and my own little PageTurners FB page, we're talking about summer-themed PageTurners. (Click on the link and follow us on FB)

We've posted about books on the theme of Summer Dangers — bushfires, cyclones and snakes. Now we're moving on to holidays and today's post was about I WANT A HOLIDAY.

The story was inspired by one of my students who came back from holidays saying everyone in the family had had a nice time, but she just cooked and cleaned as usual. So I wrote a different ending to her story. 

It was one of the first series of PageTurners. Series #1 was a gamble -- we had no idea whether we'd even break even - the PRACE Committee of Management had lent us the money to print the books.

I remember the day I walked into my class with a handful of books, series #1, direct from the printers. I handed them around to the students to see what they thought. One student, Graeme, sounded out his title aloud — "I want a holiday! Yes," he added, "I could do with one of those." 

He opened the book and started reading it aloud. The class went silent as everyone listened to Graeme read. At the end of the book he closed the cover, looked up and said, "That's the first book I've ever read from beginning to end!"
And the class spontaneously applauded. Graeme blushed mightily, but was thrilled to bits. Of course, I gave him the book. PageTurners was on its way.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Series 7 is coming and to celebrate, here's a fun jig-saw puzzle you can do of one of our new titles — Dancer

And to celebrate, here's a fun jig-saw puzzle you can do of one of our new titles — Dancer. Just click on the cover or on the title below, then click on the circular arrow on the bottom left of the page, which pulls the puzzle apart. Then have fun putting the jigsaw together

54 pieceDancer

Or you can click here and play the puzzle off site.
Have fun, and stay tuned for more news and fun activities for series 7

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

END of year SALE

PageTurners End-Of-Year SALE!!

10 books for $60 (aust) until end of December

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Have you read the stories from Series 6 yet?

Level 1 

The Fortune-Teller — Zara Rose says she can see the future, but then she gets a surprise.

Learning to Swim Bill said he didn’t like the water but the truth was he couldn't swim. Then he decided to take swimming lessons.

Level 2 
Dance Class   — Zoe wants Sam to go to dance class with her, but he doesn’t like dancing.

Drums — Ben wants to learn to play drums. His mother says they’re too noisy, so Ben comes up with a plan.

Dream Job — Otus is a working dog. A story that rhymes.

Level 3 
Be Careful — Rob tells his wife to be careful, then he has an unexpected accident at home.

My First Plane Trip — It’s my first time in a plane and I’m a little bit nervous. . .

Sports Camp  — Benny likes Evie, but she doesn’t even notice him. At sports camp everything changes.

Level 4 
Turning Forty —Luke’s 40th birthday is coming up, so he makes a list: 10 things I want to do before I turn 40.

The Doctor’s Secret — James Barry was a well-known British doctor in the 1800’s. But “James” had a secret that he took, almost to the grave. Women weren’t allowed to be doctors in those days. A true story.

These are stories for all ages and interests, fun to read, entertainingly illustrated and good for a class discussion afterward.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Series #6 is here!

I've just picked up PageTurners, Series #6, from the printer, and they look fabulous.

These have been in the pipeline for some time and I know people outside Australia have been waiting for more general titles, so here they are.

I'll be putting more info up about each of the titles in the next little while.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

War Poetry

There's a video here of Sean Bean reciting Wilfred Owen's WW1 Poem "Anthem for Doomed Youth."  It's a wonderful poem  and his superb reading of it sent tingles down my spine.

If you haven't read Owen, do so — he wrote some wonderful, poignant and often heart-wrenching poetry.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Simpson and his Donkey

When we were working out what stories we'd write for series #5, the specifically Australian series, we wanted some stories that would be useful as a springboard for some themes that come up year after year in a class. War is one of those themes; it comes up on ANZAC Dat (25th April) and Remembrance Day (11th November.)

For this we chose Simpson and His Donkey — a well-known and beloved story of a man who didn't quite fit the army, but whose bravery was legendary. As well, there's a donkey, and we've noticed that readers of PageTurners love stories about animals. Finally there's the question of justice — a built-in discussion at the end of the story that can lead in to all sorts of other topics.

Click here for a google image search on Simpson and his Donkey and look at more pictures.

Or if you want to discuss something different in class, you might want to read about Ned Kelly, who was hanged on November 11th. I'll be blogging about him soon.