WHERE DID THE RIVER GO?
BY PETER CORY
ILLUSTRATED BY CHARLOTTE FIRMIN
This book is aimed at school aged children, it is from Learn Direct and it not only helps with reading there are some simple maths problems to tackle too.
The story is basically about two characters who live in the colourful forest next to Steam City, every thing here is powered by the river. The two main characters are Dab and Plip, strange little furry creatures that really do not resemble any type of animal at all.
The story follows their search for the river which has suddenly dried up, ground Steam City to a halt and turned the forest brown. Along the way they meet various different characters, and animals who each give Dab and Plip a helping hand to find the river and turn the forest back to the lovely colours it used to be.
As you read the book there are little puzzles to solve every few pages. There are some mathematical sums and the answer is the next page number that you must turn to. So for example you read page one and when the child has worked out the sum you go to page 8 (which was the answer) the book follows this pattern through out. There are also some rhyming games to tackle as well.
When our characters finally do reach the river they find the problem, another weird creature called a Lummux, which happens to be Plips twin sister who ran away and got lost is sitting in the river bed blocking the water. After being told how much trouble she has caused, for some reason she shrinks, turns into the same sort of furry creature as Plip and the water flows again.
As expected they all go home to the forest which has turned back to its beautiful colours and Steam City is working again.
The illustrations in the book are very well drawn, bright and colourful and children love them. I enjoy reading this book to the children in my family and they love the challenges that every few pages bring. Although the story is, in my opinion, a bit weak the books charm lies in the mathematical and rhyming problems and the fact that you do not read through the pages in numerical order.
I would recommend this book to read to your little ones. I got mine as a freebie but they are available on Amazon for as little as 51p.
BFC or Books For Children is a book club, that offer's a free book or free collection in return for purchasing 6 books in the year. This is a hark back to the seventies. There are plenty of other companies out there who give a free book and have no tie in's. I went with BFC (Books For Children) because of the initial offer, thinking book clubs no longer existed, or even needed to. The next two months of choice offers were extraordinarily expensive! So I hung on for the third month and received, (without ordering) a Winnie The Pooh book at £12.95 plus P&P. A courier can pick it back up but at a cost of £3! I have called customer service (based guess where? - India) and they said they would not charge, but they have added it to my account! Beware Book Clubs and Hobsons Choice are back. I have since found a book provider and can recommend this company - Red House.
Useless, incompetent, arrogant and untrustworthy. Those are a few words that spring to mind. Have been a member for about a year and cannot get them to cancel as the books I wanted were always out of stock. Finally gave in and paid for the 4 books they managed to send. I received an email recently that I still haven't paid... They also erased all my past transactions from their web account management system. I honestly cannot understand why they are allowed to continue operating. I hate to even give that one star because the system won't allow no stars.
I joined Books For Children around 2 years ago as I love reading and wanted to encourage my eldest daughter to read enthusiastically also. I received a leaflet through the post with a great offer to buy 5 books from 25p each and get 1 free.
Looking through I was amazed at the quality of the books on offer including The Tales of Peter Rabbit Complete Series for next to nothing, so I decided to join.
The products I ordered arrived very swiftly and I made payment easily over the internet.
Unfortunately this is about the best service I have ever received from the company. A month after my first delivery I received their catalogue which was stacked with colourful illustrations from the books that they had to offer designed for children of all age groups, they also include a recommendation of a book they feel you may be interested in, but I could not believe the price. These books are supposed to be at a discount of recommended retail value but I have managed to purchase most of them in town for less.
I did manage to find 1 book however that was considerably cheaper than elsewhere and using the option of the website to order, you can also use the telephone or post, placed my order. The advantages of placing an order like this is that it is on account therefore you do not have to have the money at the time of your order but can wait until the statement arrives. Most orders are usually delivered within 7 days and then a statement is sent shortly afterwards with alternative options for payment.
They do offer a returns service where you ring and a return label is sent to you at a cost of £2.00 which is cheaper than paying the postage yourself.
You must also remember to cancel the recommended choice every 4 weeks or this will be sent automatically to and you will have to pay to return. Sometimes however cancelling by website does not work and I have received the cancelled item twice and have subsequently had to pay to return it when I did not want it to start with and had let them know.
However. Should a parcel not arrive the goods are cancelled at their end but they do not cancel postage. I have had this happen twice in the past 2 months and have therefore cancelled my agreement with them as I do not see why I should pay postage on products I am not receiving.
The website has everything you need from books, ordering information, DVD's and Video's, Games and software and a shop where you can buy other items. The site is bright and very colourful and very easy to navigate and all the books are sorted into Age categories.
If you do decide to use this company then you will not be disappointed by the introductory offer. You will be able to save around £60 or more by buying books from 50p each. There is a commitment to buy 6 books from the booklet over (I think) 2 years with at least 3 in the first year (Which i dont think is too bad actually).
I hope that should you use the service you have a better time than I did.
I was searching the Waterstones site for some good books for my kids about myths and legends. I must admit i get bored by a lot of kids books, so wanted something that i found interesting too. I found exactly what i was looking for in the series of books by: Philip Ardagh There are 8 books in total: Norse myths and legends Ancient Greek myths and legends North American myths and legends African myths and legends Celtic Myths and legends South American myths and legends Chinese myths and legends Ancient Egyptian myths and legends I bought the hard back versions as i wanted to keep them as a special set of books for my children. The hard backs are £10.99 each (£9.99 for the chinese myths and legends) and the paperbacks are £5.99 each. So cost me £86.92 to buy the full set in hard back. Each book is beautifully illustrated, with at least 7 stories ( 12 in the North American and 13 in the Ancient greek). What I found most appealing about them is that each book contains information about myths in general, the history and geography of the countries on which each book is based and some background to the characters contained within the stories. So your child gets some simple extra information as well as the stories themselves. They can put the tales into the context of time and the place from which they came. The age range is from about 8 years upwards, but my 3 year old daughter loves to listen to me read the amazing stories of gods and heroes from around the world and admire the colourful artwork. Anyone who is searching for a set of beautiful books that their children will treasure for years to come I am sure will find it in these books!
i was a member for a while but found the additional charges off-putting. i didn't liek being committed to buying a certain number of books, and frequently found the same books cheaper elsewhere, particularly when you have to add the cost of postage. i was also sent books i didn't want as i often forgot to send back the form stating that i didn't require the recommended selection. i found that a hassle, and a little unneccessary. i also didn't like the fact that you were chrged to return a book.
Dorling Kindersley are one of the world's best publishers of non-fiction books for children. At one time, I used to sell them to parents and playgroups, but sadly they stopped that area of their business. However, that does not mean that I stopped loving their books. Theirs are the books that children will come back to for factual information on a variety of topics - they are brightly illustrated and full of information. "The Victorians" by Ann Kramer is one such book, a dip-into for help with homework, or for a project, giving an insight into many aspects of Victorian life - the transport of the day, social reform, industry, inventions. It is a mine of information and it's pages can be used as additional information for museum trips and all sorts. This book would be most helpful to the 9-12 age range, although some children younger than that might find parts of it interesting. There are lots of drawings, photographs, time lines, and pages on such subjects as 'life below stairs', 'the coming of the railways', 'victorian schooling', and lots more. As always with Dorling Kindersley this is a quality book printed on heavy paper and hardback. It's £9.99 price is a bargain in itself. This is definitely a book that parents should buy for their child's bookshelf. It is well worth it and will give them an insight into how life was over a hundred years ago, and maybe even foster an interest in history itself. "A Street Through Time" by Dr. Anne Millard and wonderfully illustrated by Steve Noon, is a brilliant insight into the changing face of a landscape over 12,000 years. This is an excellent book for the 9-14 age group, to be able to look at the illustrations and to see how each new era destroyed some of what had been there before, and retained some. It provides answers to children who wonder what their street must have been like hundreds of years ago as it shows various time periods over
the last 12,000 years and their influences on arthitecture and industry. Again, this is a quality product on heavy paper and in hardback. It is brightly illustrated, and gives a fascinating factual journey through 14 key periods in history. There is much to see and discuss in this wonderful book - questions to provoke young minds, and the answers to them. All given in an interesting way, and with the fun of looking for things from the last age that remained to the next. With parental involvement, some younger children would probably enjoy this book also. Priced at £12.99, I consider it an investment and a bargain! This is definitely a book that will be a useful homework/project tool, but will also give children a better understanding of history and how it relates to us. Dorling Kindersley's website is at : www.dk.com
Children love good stories. Once they can read, they love to read to themselves. Before then, they love to be read to. There is nothing wrong with many of the modern books available to children, but some of the classics are hard to beat. Not only are the stories good, but the quality of writing, and the value the books will add in terms of your child's exposure to language, cannot be equalled by Mr Men (good though they are!). I am thinking of the best-known books, like Treasure Island, Black Beauty, Coral Island, Robinson Crusoe, books by Charles Dickens. Some of them. of course, are not easy for very young children, but few children are too young to appreciate having The Wind in the Willows read to them. My point is, I suppose, don't underestimate the capacity of children to appreciate good literature. More than that, don't make it too easy for them to avoid it by serving up only easy, low-grade stuff. Reading books should be fun, but it should (at least sometimes) be a learning experience as well. They will learn more from better books.
I have been a member of this book club for approximately 2 years, since my eldest was a baby and I really havent had any problems with it. The choice of books is really quite good and they even mark on the page which age group certain books are suitable for which is a help. The prices are always quite reasonable and sometimes they have offers on. The books have always arrived pretty quick too and my children have enjoyed being read tonnes of stories thanks to these people. All in all this is a good book club suitable for all children in ages ranging from 6months to high school age so its a longstanding club, I'll certainly be using it as my children grow.
I have been a member of this book club for the last 9 years and never had any problems until recently when they were joined with Discovery book club . What a nightmare I have had, incorrect orders, items I have not ordered at all and mistakes with my payments. The book prices have risen steeply and the quality of reading matter has been reduced to an all time low, the special offers are rubbish and the recommended titles can be bought cheaper in the shops.The freebies they have started to offer are also cheap and shoddy. From one the best book clubs I had found to one of the worst in just a few short months can't be bad going can it?
I have been getting BFC for some time and have had some great deals. It really does only apply if you are buying for the younger end of childrens reading, most 14-15 year olds will not like the choice. Look out for some absolutely astounding introduction offers, you can pick up half a dozen books for just a couple of pounds. If you fulfill your obligations and then do not buy for some time they do tend to badger you to purchace again. Hold out for a while and some more great offers will appear.
I have been a member of BFC on and off for over 2 years. Unlike many other bookclubs, your commitment once you have joined is to buy just 2 books in the next 12 months, which really isn’t hard to do as they offer such a wide selection which changes every time. If you keep an eye out for their leaflets, you will usually be able to join BFC using a special offer and get a number of books from as little as 50p. Quite often you can get 2 or more books which count as a single selection. When I rejoined recently, I purchased 2 bath books, 2 Kipper books, a large hardback and a Spot book all for £5.44 including £2.45 post & packing, which I think is a real bargain. Every 2 weeks they send you their latest leaflets with a wide selection of books to choose from. We focus on the pre-school age group but they also offer books for older children, which is handy for gifts. Speaking of gifts, there are often special offers on at BFC, at the moment it’s a free duffle bag for placing any order. However I have yet to receive the surprise gift parcel I was supposed to get upon rejoining as they are out of stock. Something to be aware of with this book club is the post & packing costs – they charge £2.45 per order (though if books are dispatched separately they do not charge any more), so you have to make sure that when you order, the savings you make are greater than the p&p charge, otherwise you’re not really making a saving. The other thing to watch out for is that they send you a statement every 2 weeks or so, and you have just 10 days to return the slip saying you don’t want the recommended selection, otherwise it will automatically be despatched. This is a nuisance if you are away when the statement arrives. On the plus side, when you register you tell them which age group you are registering for and the recommended selection will be for that age group, so you won’t receive anything totally unsuitable. I also find that bec
ause of the pressure to return the slip so soon, I don't always have enough time to browse the catalogue properly - but this probably saves me loads of money as I often don't buy anything because of this! BFC have recently changed their statements and I must say I don’t like the one I received recently. It no longer says which age group I have joined, nor does it give the option on the reverse of the reply slip to change age groups. They have added a £2.00 charge if you request a return postage label to return books, which sounds a lot to me and personally I would carry on taking it back to the post office and getting it weighed myself. This club is worth joining, and if/when you want to, it’s easy to leave (I have done it before) so long as you have fulfilled your commitment to buy 2 more books from them.