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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Quirky humour in children's picture books is a nod to the past

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:06pm by Annie Ho

    ... an invisible dog. Just when the plot becomes stranger than strange, Gag finds a way to end her stories on a sincerely wholesome "happily ever after" note. My children have been fed a steady ...

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    Between the lines: illustrator Anthony Browne creates a classic on a theme

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 09:07pm by Annie Ho

    ... of a father and daughter, Mr Smith and Smudge, who take their dog to the park. There, they share a bench with a mother and son, Mrs Smythe and Charles, also on a walk with their dog. The neighbourhoods they live in, how they dress and their body language make it obvious these two families have very different backgrounds. First the dogs run around together, and soon the children start ...

  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Artistic books for children with inspiring messages

    Posted Dec 16th 2012, 12:00am by Annie Ho

    ... with a little boy who draws everything all the time. The message in these stories is inspiring. Louise Yates' Dog Loves Drawing is a companion to Dog Loves Books. Dog Loves Drawing follows the development of book-lover turned bookshop owner Dog's interest in drawing. The illustrations become increasingly complex and complement the story well. I Gotta Draw is a new book by Bruce Degen, ...

  4. Lifestyle - Books - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Between the Lines: Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town

    Posted Oct 14th 2012, 12:00am by Annie Ho

    ... Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town to read to her because he had read it to my husband when he was young. My husband fondly remembers Sergeant Murphy, the police-officer dog, as his favourite ... whenever she said "Yo-Yee". I found it amusing how Lowly the worm stood out on the page. The cats, rabbits, pigs, dogs, and all of the other animals were illustrated in similar shape ...

  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Quickly or slowly, the road to reading has its bumps

    Posted Jan 20th 2013, 12:00am by Annie Ho

    ... of reading aloud, is How Rocket Learned to Read. An engaging story written and illustrated by Tad Hills, Rocket is a crazily adorable dog that progresses from reluctant student to eager reader with the help of a little yellow bird. This book is gently packed with teaching points beyond simply learning to read: the friendship between dog and bird, the changing seasons illustrated through ...



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