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Bad Hair Day - Change the image and help charity....

There has been plenty of press coverage for a London based hair salon, M & M Hair Academy, due to their latest marketing gimmick.  By displaying
a poster of North Korea's leader,
Kim Jong, with the slogan "Bad Hair Day"  the salon owners have met with strong complaints from the nearby North Korean Embassy officials.  

We ran a campaign some years ago, using the same slogan.   As you all know, we love orangutans and our books Radio Ron's Postcards from Borneo and Corporal Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue all raise funds for orangutan charities.  For our campaign, we asked local hairdressing shops to display our poster (shown here).  Each customer was told about the threats facing the endangered orangutans in Borneo and why it was important to save them for future generations.  Funds raised from each customer were donated to charities that are working hard to safeguard the habitat and well-being for the remaining orangutans.

We'd therefore like to propose that the Academy use one of our posters shown below.  It should attract less "heat" and significantly help save the very rare and special Great Apes. 

Go on M & M Academy, make our day!





HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE WORLD BOOK DAY?


Maybe you did not get around to celebrating this important day.  No matter, there is still time.  Go to your library or book shop and seek out some fun children's books.  Volunteer to offer a storytelling or reading session to your family, local kids club, school or church. 

If you are choosing a book to read aloud – especially young children, seek out a book that features rhyme. 

The reasons to choose rhyme are:

1. Helps children become more able readers
2. Helps children improve their memory
3. Helps to develop phonic awareness and understanding of sentence structure
4. Rhyme makes it more fun, a great way to engage children
5. Improves listening skills
6. Introduces a world of expression that’s fun to create and share.

Good luck and please share how you supported this special day.


How to achieve literacy lift off.

Did you know World Book Day took place on 6 March?

That day would also have been my father’s 77th birthday. I think he would love to know that his birth date has been chosen as World Book and Read Aloud Day.

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.

Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. LitWorld is changing that.  World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.

WRAD motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. 

By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories.


Read Aloud. Change the World.


A love of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give to any child – take a moment to determine how you can pass on this wonderful gift to children in your life and let them commence a lifetime affair with reading.  Three, two, one - lift off!


You might enjoy our blog about World Book Day - written last year, but the message is constant.




Love is in the air - no wait - book giving is also taking place on 14 February 2014
How will you celebrate International Book Sharing Day? 
No matter that the date has past - make plans to:

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.

Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.

Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.
We have delivered books to doctor waiting rooms.   We have also supplied our books to kids learning English as a second language.  We hope our stories make learning English Fun!



MOVEMBER - will you be growing a moustache?

Our Radio Ron/Corporal Ron characters have been leading this trend for years ...


Thousands of men around the world are growing their facial hair this month for Movember.

WHY you ask? There is a charity campaign aiming to raise awareness about prostate cancer and other men's health issues.

Movember is all about bringing back the moustache, having fun and making a difference. This is how it grows. 

The appearance of a moustache on a usually clean shaven man prompts questions and, throughout Movember, men are constantly asked, “why the moustache?”. Justification and an explanation follow, and the result is a highly effective and authentic word-of-mouth campaign for men’s health. In this way, each member of the Movember community is helping to bring about change through their moustache and the conversations it generates.

What has happened so far?

•    67 % of Movember participants recommended others to go see a doctor
•    20 % of Movember participants went to see their doctor
•    70 % talked about men’s health issues
•    43 % became more aware and educated about the health risks they face

The research shows that participation in Movember does encourage men to proactively engage in the management of their health. However, findings also highlighted that some men had ignored an issue rather than taking action, seeking support or going to a doctor. This is proof that there is still work to be done and Movember has a responsibility to keep raising awareness, thereby motivating and engaging men around the world to change the face of men’s health.

Visit link, above, for more details.



It's a small world!

When I set out and wrote  Corporal Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue/Radio Ron's Postcards from Borneo, as a tribute to my Dad, I had no idea that I would be connected to an old colleague of my father.  When I was researching information for Corporal Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue, I tried so hard to find colleagues or anyone who may have been in Borneo at the same time as my Dad, but to no avail.    It's been over 50 years since my father was with the Royal Air Force working in Borneo.   Sadly my father passed away in 2004 and I thought that the majority of people involved in the Indonesian conflict (Borneo's secret war) would long have been retired.  However, luck finally was on my side!  It was therefore with great delight that I found out that the person helping to convert my fun read aloud book, into an audio eBook, was also in Borneo at the same time as my father.

Ken Andersen (now semi-retired but offering Ebook conversion and growing oranges in Spain!) was in Borneo 1965-66 with the Royal Artillery mortar locating troop. A lot of his time was spent tasking guns and radars from place to place with the RAF Belvedere helicopters.

We wonder how many times he may have crossed paths with my dear dad, Ron A K Chidgey...

I choose the iconic Bristol Belvedere on my book cover.  The helicopter played a major role in airlifting supplies during the Indonesian conflict of the mid 1960's.  I believe these helicopters were a key element for the British forces to help win the Borneo war.  They moved troops to key positions which speeded the ability of the forces to surprise and ambush the enemy.  Movement on the ground was slow and difficult.  With the speed and ease of the helicopter flight, they could bring in troops who could inflict major casualties with minimal loss to the British.    In particular, my father recalls helping to move Gurkhas to front line positions and participating in the "hearts and minds" campaign - delivering food and medicine to Dayak Tribes in the Borneo rainforests.

Here is a photo of Ken on top of a hilltop receiving a Green Archer Radar.

It may have been too late to pick his brains for my junior fiction novel but our meeting via my publisher was perfect timing.

As well as being a fine solider, it turns out he is a dab hand at creating eBooks.  You can download our audio eBook from LULU on this link: Crocodile Attack


Photography copyright: Ken Andersen.








Watch this inspirational and informative video from TEDx.

This presentation is by Dr Pauline Dixon on how private schools are helping the poorest communities.

Educating the poorest children



French High School Students create a new adventure story
Inspired by Radio Ron's Postcard from Borneo Series

French students attending the College des Collines, France, were inspired to write their own "Radio Ron" play after using Sandra Arthur's books as part of their English studies.  The students were encouraged by their teacher, Stephanie Moreland, to create their own story and contacted the author to gain her support to offer a special competition for her students. 
The winning play, The Magic Pygmy Elephant, written by a team of students (Diana, Imene, Sabrina) was selected by Sandra Arthur.  The team's prize was for the story to be professionally illustrated, recorded and presented as an online comic strip play.  The children took this work to a higher level by presenting the same adventure as part of their end of year play.  The play was performed in front of parents, teachers, student and the local press.  The children not only performed the play but also presented information about their concerns relating to the environmental issues faced by the world's rainforests - in particular, Borneo. English snacks were also enjoyed at the event.


The students' teacher, Mrs Moreland commented, "The Creative Writing Competition that Sandra judged for my class was so much fun.  The students thought it was an awesome opportunity for them!”

A copy of a news report carried in a French journal is featured here.



Trailer for The Rise of the Eco-Warrior


YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO CHECK OUT HIS NEW FILM (Sept 2013)

Do you think that eleven young people, a daring scientist and millions of online supporters can help to stop deforestation and save Planet Earth in just 100 days?  That’s the mission set by the producers of a new documentary film called the Rise of the Eco-Warriors.

Acclaimed scientist Dr. Willie Smits set out to run an operation in the jungles of Borneo to rescue displaced orangutans, regenerate forest and support the local Dayak communities.  He had a bold and ambitious plan for a long-term solution to the crisis from the massive and relentless deforestation. He needed a team of brave, committed and smart young people to help implement the plan.

Kids from all around the world applied to Dr Smits and the production team to demonstrate they had the creditials to be the type of Eco-warrior that could deliver results.

After many video blog applications the story moves forward.

Enter the heroes of the story, eleven young Eco-Warriors selected from across the globe to spend 100 days in the jungle working with the local Dayak people to achieve the mission.  There are multiple risks, challenges and obstacles as they go on a roller-coaster ride of action and emotion.

They undertake dangerous rescues of orangutans held in captivity or displaced by the logging. They set up a massive reforestation project and confront poachers, illegal loggers and palm oil workers as they investigate deforestation and assist the local authorities in taking action. Their tasks will at times feel impossible, the challenges too daunting and the orangutans in their care may become ill or stolen by poachers.

But the Eco-Warriors are not working alone: behind them is a ‘cavalry’ of global support, comprising school students and online supporters connected via the project’s code name DeforestAction.

They work as Earth Watchers, using a satellite monitoring system to detect disturbances in the rainforest and report them to the Eco-Warriors on the ground in Borneo.  Indeed, our household watch all this progress online and send messages of support.

This project represents young people determined to save their world from needless destruction and make a strategic shift from despair to hope as a source of positive action. The project has already harnessed the power and energy of school students and young people across the globe as both Earth Watchers and action agents. All are driven by the belief that we can save our forests, and it is better to do one thing than nothing at all.

With almost 10,000 views of the film Trailer – it is now only available for two more weeks.


 Very individual matters. Every action counts.
A film by Cathy Henkel. Produced by Cathy Henkel, Richard Hearman and Mark White. ecowarriorsrise.com
RELEASED ON WORLD ORANGUTAN DAY: Be palm oil conscious. Avoid it for a whole day and see how good you feel!
Australian Theatrical Release: Q1 2014.




Calling all Orangutan Fans! Unique opportunity to to meet Orangutan Experts and join the fun on Sunday, in London, UK at the Hub "Hangout for Orangutans" with fund raising auction.

Sandra Arthur Books: Crocodile Attack and Cpl Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue will be included in the auction - reserve your ticket or learn more here





TO ALL THE DAD'S AROUND THE WORLD
- HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!





25 May 2013: Valbo
nne, France. 
French Teacher, Stephanie Moreland has challenged her students to enter TWO Radio Ron competitions, inspired by their studies of Radio Ron's Postcards from Borneo: 


1: To design and write a Postcard to Radio Ron and
2: Creative Writing Competition: To write a play based on the adventures of Radio Ron! 

The entries for the Postcard competition have been received and winners announced.  Read the full report here:


The winners of our Creative Writing Competition are Diana, Imene and Sabrina - students at College des Collines.

Their winning play: Radio Ron's Pink, Magic, Pygmy Elephant is now available as an audio book and also as a cartoon book on Youtube.  Read the full story here:


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Visiting the Orangutans

Thinking of making a trip of a lifetime?  By visiting the orangutans in Borneo, you help to demonstrate the importance of eco-tourism.  Important forest land will be retained and the home to many animals and plants, including the orangutan will be saved.  Your tourist $$ will be gratefully received by the local people running tour visits as well as funding some of the key rehab centres for animals at risk. 

We had a whirlwind trip from Bangkok down to Phuket and then to Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, finally ending up in Singapore for New Year’s Eve (celebrated on the plane).   Highlights were seeing sea turtles laying eggs late on Christmas eve,  touring Thailand’s city canals and granite islands, visitng Sepilok Orang Utan rehabilitation center and the Proboscis Monkey sanctuary.   That part of Asia is great touring with children - our kids were frequently the stars!






Happy to support this new film about Project Borneo!



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Our new trailer for Radio Ron Series:

How to Make Reading Fun

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

30 October 2012 - Kingston’s Rideau Public School, Kingston, Canada (Private event) The Golden Gondola Workshop.  Read report.

13 October 2012 -
Rainforest and Radio Ron's Postcards from Borneo Workshop, Libellule, Valbonne, France.

14 February 2013 - Storytelling/Book signing at Libellule Kid's book/toy shop, salon de the, Route de Cannes, Valbonne 06560, France

PRESS
Below you will find a copy of all our news releases as well as photographs, logos and other images that journalists may wish to use to support book reviews or features.  Select the news release of information and click to open/download.  The latest news release will be feature below our calendar. 

If you wish to arrange an interview or require any other information please send your request to info@SandraArthurBooks.com or Tel +33662790576






News Releases Issued:


(Download from files below)

June 2013:               Author’s book aids French Students to improve their creativity and English!

                                  Author’s Contest motives French Students to create their own adventure play and design colourful postcards from Borneo!


September 2012.    New Borneo focused picture book to be launched during International Literacy Week (featured below/CrocAttack)

June 2012.              Five reasons to read aloud this new illustrated picture book:The Golden Gondola (New Release Golden Gondola June 12)

March 2012.            New Boys' Historical Fiction Aims to Inspire the Inquisitive Reader (File Cpl RonNews Release - below)

Feb 2012.                In Novel new collaborative approach a student artist provides eye-catching illustration for new "kids' book in the clouds"

March 2010.            40th Earth Day celebrations include launch of Second Early Learning Reading E-Book
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NEWS RELEASE

Author’s book aids French Students to improve their creativity and English!

Author’s Contest motives French Students to create their own adventure play and design colourful postcards from Borneo!

13 June 2013.  Stephanie Moreland, English teacher at the College des Collines. Rive de Gier, was seeking an innovative way to inject fun into her advanced English class of 5eme French students.

Many English books are either aimed at very young kids or the storyline seem deadly boring, out of date or dull.  Stephanie explained, “The challenge for any teacher is how to make teaching a new language interesting especially for "modern" young kids.  These are children who have smart phones, computers and are part of the new "on demand and instant information" generation.”

 Stephanie approached British children’s writer in Valbonne, Sandra SC Arthur, to assist her.  Sandra has multiple children’s books in both English and French for different age groups.  Sandra suggested that her Radio Ron’s Postcards from Borneo could help.  Whilst the book had been written for a younger age group of 3-9 year old (mother tongue English) the book featured a short story with both present and past tense, a number of vocabulary builders that could challenge her students, as well as puzzles and environmental information about Borneo orangutans.

 Stephanie is leading a special advanced English group, and was fortunate to have more scope to select books outside the normal book selection range.  “For the students, I felt this might be the only chance they would get to study an interesting, far flung place such as Borneo.” Remarked Stephanie.

 Sandra provided a six-week activity classroom kit to develop the theme and Stephanie also developed material to motivate her students to develop their own studies. 

 Using “Borneo” as an overall project theme, the children were provided with not only information about the different fruits available in Borneo but also the opportunity to taste them.  They discovered the enormous range of animals that live in that unique rainforest and listened to the music played by the different tribes-people who live there. And they discovered why it is important to value the world’s rainforests.

 

Sandra Arthur provided the class with two competitions to motivate the students to continue their studies.

 

One contest was to design a postcard and write a letter to the author.  The second competition was to write a new Radio Ron Adventure.

 Teacher, Stephanie Moreland shared, “My students loved the postcard competition challenge.  The chance to not only test their written English skills but also the opportunity to design a postcard was a terrific and unusual classroom exercise.    They were especially excited to learn that the author, Sandra Arthur, would be the judge for the competition and would post the top entries on her web site.   The same applies to the Creative Writing Contents that Sandra judged for my class.  The students thought that was an awesome opportunity for them!”

 

College des Collines Student, Hugo, received an autographed copy of Sandra’s junior fiction, Corporal Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue, for his winning postcard.   Four runner-up winners received a copy of her audio-enhanced eBook.

 

The winning play, “Radio Ron’s Pink, Magic Pygmy Elephant”, was written by Diana, Imene and Sabrina.  Their story was professionally recorded and illustrated and is now available at the author’s website and on YouTube.

 

The children performed at their year end school gala using the following agenda:

1.   Singing English songs studied during the class: The "Animal Fair" song.
2. Presentation of their special Radio Ron Adventure - with costumes.
3. Other students summarised the importance of Saving our Rainforests by providing in their own words their concerns about the wildlife disappearing in Borneo and the plight of orang utans .

 

Their teacher and parents have been delighted the students enthusiasm for their English Studies and language improvements they have made.

Sandra commented, “Learning to read is one of the biggest milestones young children face.  By offering a fun approach to early reading practice, I hope my work may encourage a life long love affair with reading and books.   I’m delighted that my Radio Ron stories have assisted children to become excited about learning.

My work may also be a child’s first introduction to environmental issues.  I believe that children who learn about environmental issues will become more conservation-conscious, develop empathy for such issues, and grow up to become informed adults.”

 

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Link here to read the student’s play:

Radio Ron's Pink, Magic, Pygmy Elephant



About Radio Ron’s Postcards from Borneo Series

Crocodile Attack features Borneo’s rainforest as its backdrop for the curious story of "Radio Ron" (a Royal Air Force Radio Technician) who takes a journey with Dayak tribes-people.  This is a vivid, fun and thought-provoking adventure book for children under nine years that is also proving popular with children who are learning English as a second language.  The story is a work of fiction, but was written as a tribute to the author's father, who was with the British Royal Air Force in Borneo during the mid 1960’s.

This humorous picture book, illustrated by British artist Lisa Williams, will appeal to all children, young and old.  At the same time, readers will learn interesting facts about the endangered orang utans (orang-utans) of Borneo.  The book is completed with environmental information and parent and educator notes, for a lively reading and educational experience.   Whilst the story is fiction, the background to the light-hearted story is based on historical events. 

As children develop their own reading skills they can catch up on the adventures of “Radio Ron” in a junior fiction book, Cpl Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue, that has received accolades worldwide.

This book is available on lulu.com as a paperback, hardcover, ebook (pdf) and as a special ebook with voice-over and music for an upbeat reading experience.

Sales of this book will also support Orang-utan Charities

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About Author, Sandra SC Arthur

Email: SSCArthur @ gmail . com

Sandra SC Arthur spent her childhood travelling around the world with her Italian mother and English father.  Her love of adventure is reflected in the stories she writes.  Her goal in writing is to Make Reading Fun.  She achieves this by creating unusual story lines and offering additional content via her multi-media website.   To-date, she has written five books.  She is passionate about Borneo and has devoted much of her free time to promoting and raising funds to assist the endangered orang-utans and other charity work. 

 

Why help the orang-utans?

Due entirely to human activity, the population of orang-utans in Borneo is now only 12% of what it was less than a century ago.  Due to logging and palm oil production these great apes are losing their natural habitat and could face extinction in the wild by 2022. 

Orang-utans are known as keystone species and extremely important in retaining the biodiversity within the Borneo rainforest.When a keystone species decline or they completely disappear, the survival and abundance of many other species in that ecosystem are negatively impacted.  Their protection is vital to the overall health of the lowland forest ecosystem in which they thrive. In contrast, the vitality of the orang-utan population will only flourish if their forest home is kept undisturbed and intact.

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New Borneo focused picture book to be launched during International Literacy Week

8 September 2012
.  In the week that will celebrate International Literacy Week and also see the British royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visit the largest remaining rainforest in Borneo, children’s author, Sandra Arthur will release her latest early learner picture book, Crocodile Attack, from her series: Radio Ron’s Postcards from Borneo.

Crocodile Attack features Borneo’s rainforest as its backdrop for the curious story of "Radio Ron" (a Royal Air Force Radio Technician) who takes a journey with Dayak tribes-people.  This is a vivid, fun and thought-provoking adventure book for children under nine years that is also proving popular with children who are learning English as a second language.  The story is a work of fiction, but was written as a tribute to the author's father, who was with the British Royal Air Force in Borneo during the mid 1960’s.

This humorous picture book, illustrated by British artist Lisa Williams, will appeal to all children, young and old.  At the same time, readers will learn interesting facts about the endangered orang utans (orang-utans) of Borneo.  The book is completed with environmental information and parent and educator notes, for a lively reading and educational experience.   Whilst the story is fiction, the background to the light-hearted story is based on historical events. 

As children develop their own reading skills they can catch up on the adventures of “Radio Ron” in a junior fiction book, Cpl Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue, that has received accolades worldwide.

Sandra commented, “As book lovers around the world celebrate International Literacy Day I hope that my book will be picked up by parents and educators in their quest to help children develop a passion for books.  Learning to read is one of the biggest milestones young children face.  By offering a fun approach to early reading practice, I hope my work may encourage a life long love affair with reading and books (whether on an electronic screen or paper).   I’m delighted to say that my Radio Ron stories are already known around the globe via a great project called Educate Earth (see note below).

My book may be a young child’s first introduction to environmental issues.  I believe that children who learn about environmental issues will become more conservation-conscious, develop empathy for such issues, and grow up to become informed adults.”

This book also includes games, puzzles and suggested classroom activities. The story offers many of the high frequency words children learn between ages five to nine. There are also a number of “word builders” to help children increase their vocabulary.

Lisa Williams remarked, “I think this book offers young children a great way to discover a little about the oldest rainforest in the world.  I had great fun drawing the images and developing the games.  I have learnt so much about orang-utans and hope teachers and parents will use this material to engage and inform their children whilst having fun learning to read.”

 

This new book is now available on lulu.com as a paperback, hardcover, ebook and now as a special ebook  (for ipad/iphone) with voice-over and music for an upbeat reading experience.

Sales of this book will also support Orang-utan Charities

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Why help the orang-utans?

Due entirely to human activity, the population of orang-utans in  Borneo is now only 12% of what it was less than a century ago.  Due to logging and palm oil production these great apes are losing their natural habitat and could face extinction in the wild by 2022. 

Orang-utans are known as keystone species and extremely important in retaining the biodiversity within the Borneo rainforest.

When a keystone species decline or they completely disappear, the survival and abundance of many other species in that ecosystem are negatively impacted.  Their protection is vital to the overall health of the lowland forest ecosystem in which they thrive. In contrast, the vitality of the orang-utan population will only flourish if their forest home is kept undisturbed and intact.




How is Sandra Arthur’s Radio Ron Postcards from Borneo helping to educate people who can’t normally afford to buy their own books?

 

An Australian entrepreneur selected Radio Ron’s Postcard from Borneo to be part of a new educational DVD for distribution to families around the globe.

 

Called “Educate Earth” a group of education clips from YouTube (with author permission) and other sources was compiled onto a DVD that was supplied to impoverished communities in Kisii in Kenya, Adum-Kumasi in Ghana and Vanuatu, an island is the South Pacific. Other locations will be added over time.

 

The hope of this project is that wherever there is access to a portable dvd player, laptop or TV (such as in a school, hospital, health centre, doctors waiting rooms etc) individuals can watch and secure an education without even attending school. Many poor people in these regions cannot afford an education.

 

Educate Earth DVDs were shared with parents to help them educate their children, if they cannot afford to send them to school.  At the same time, the range of stories included on the DVD are equally entertaining for adults who may have missed out on schooling and thus can learn by watching them with their children.

 

 How will International Literacy Week be supported by Sandra Arthur?

Sandra Arthur has planned a series themed readings at local schools, bookshops and kids clubs in the south of France, Kingston ON, Canada and potentially UK (to be announced) not only in during literacy week but throughout the fall period.


Beyond this special week, she has a programme of events to support commencing:


13 October 2012 - Rainforest and Radio Ron's Postcards from Borneo Workshop at

Libellule Kid's book/toy shop, salon de the, Route de Cannes, Valbonne 06560, France


What is International Literacy Week

International Literacy Day, traditionally observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs.  More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.

 Why 8 September?

In September 1966 the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy was held in Tehran, Iran. September 8, the opening date of the conference, was proclaimed International Literacy Day. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inaugurated its official observance of International Literacy Day in 1967.

 

Coinciding with the beginning of a new school year in many countries, International Literacy Day is an ideal time to recognize the role literacy plays in everyone’s life. A growing number of International Reading Association Honour Councils involve their members and communities in activities at the state and provincial levels. Many national affiliates celebrate the day by presenting awards or organizing events. Classroom teachers, librarians, clubs, and communities use this unique day to create and further literacy action and partnerships

 

To find out more about International Literacy Day, visit UNESCO at www.unesco.org and the International Reading Association.  For materials to help you celebrate International Literacy Day, visit the International Literacy Day page at http://www.reading.org




REVIEW OF VENICE ESCAPE

Leanne McGinty July 12, 2011 

Venice Escape
By Sandra SC Arthur

 

This book is more than a book, it is an exploration, a history lesson, a musical adventure and much more. This book can be purchased via Lulu.com or SandraArthurBooks.com.

This book is very technologically advanced. I never thought I would say that about a printed book, but here you have it. I am adding a new category to my review guidelines because of this book, and that category is Originality. Visit my Rating tab for more information on this new category.

Originality: 5
This book caused me to invent a new category so of course it gets a 5 in that category. I am always asking authors what can be done to ensure that print books remain worthy contenders of e-books, this is an answer. On page 5 of the book the author provides a link to her website where the reader can listen to music tracks mentioned throughout the story. Page 112 lists out all of the tracks and the artists. It is a wonderful addition to the book.

Story: 4
The story is very creative about a young girl that travels through time and space with a mysterious Lion on a golden gondola. Maria is a lonely orphan with a boring routine life until one day she is chased by a rat and discovers a secret door. From here, the story progresses. Maria is whisked through time and space to places like Singapore, Beijing, Nova Scotia and more. We are expertly taught lessons as the story progresses. Child readers will finish this book not realizing how much they actually learned. The end of the book leaves you wondering if there will be, and hoping for, a sequel.

Images: 3
The images are really very nice but I had to give them a 3 because they are black and white. I understand why they are black and white but they would come across in all of their glory in color. There are so many wonderful images showing instruments, scenery and artwork. The end of the book goes into further detail about the explorers mentioned in the book and color portraits would look lovely with their summaries.

Format: 5
The format is very original and covers a lot ground in 126 pages. The integration of music and history are flawless providing a unique overall experience for the reader.

Quality: 3
This book is recommended for children between nine and twelve. The cover is soft cardboard and the pages are simple paper. My rating here goes along with my rating for the images. I would love to see this book in glossy paper with full color images. It would make the book even more special and add it to a childs keepsake collection. (And adults, because I would absoutely add this to my collection as a hardcover and full color book.)

Here is a video interview with the author.
Sandra Arthur – Venice Escape

The overall Ahgoo Review rating is: 4

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