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The Thing that goes Ping! – Mark Carthew. Illustrated by Shane McG

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Ford St Publishing

February 2021

ISBN: 9781925804669

RRP: $16.95

If you are looking for a really great rhyming book for your littlies that will also engage them in a guessing game, this is going to be a real hit!!

In the faraway town of Figgy-tra-ling, you may hear the faint ring of a thing that goes ping!

What could be the mysterious thing that goes ping? Well, take your kiddos on a super quest of discovery with a bunch of wacky animals until the mystery is revealed. I’m sure the children will be super excited when they find out!

Mark Carthew’s lively text is superbly accompanied by Shane McGowan’s quirky illustrations and I would certainly be capitalising on both to create some shared illustrated writing, as I’m sure the kids would have loads of ideas of their own. And to top off all this fun, Ford St has a wonderful stash of activities as a bonus including song lyrics, card games and teaching notes.

I’m giving this a high recommendation for your small peeps from around Prep upwards and think you will all greatly enjoy a sustained mileage from the reading.

The Dingle Dangle Jungle – Mark Carthew and David Atze

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Ford St Publishing

February 2020

ISBN: 9781925804936

RRP: $16.99

This is just a delightful picture book not only for its lively and rhythmic text and glorious illustrations but also for the potential to begin an investigation into the richness of the Amazon wildlife and habitat. Certainly my first thought was how this would make a fabulous focus for a classroom integrated unit – geography, environmental studies, animals and their attributes, vocabulary, conservation, art and writing all easily fit into this topic. And just imagine transforming the classroom into a jungle!

Every child will find an animal that they love in this romp through the jungle and what a terrific springboard that would make to beginning simple research skills. A very handy list at the back of the book helps to identify each depicted animal and the text itself reveals some great information about many of these so this could very easily be expanded for a chosen inquiry.

Many of you will have already added this to your shelves but if you haven’t I strongly recommend that you do and make sure you promote it to your foundation class teachers who will greatly appreciate such a rich topic for their students.

Very highly recommended for little humans as well as those teachers keen to provide their classes with an immersive learning experience.

Teacher Notes and Colouring Pages