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Frog Todd

FROG TODD

Illustrated by
Marina Kite
Published by
VOLYA PRESS
For ages
4-8 year olds
ISBN (hardback)
9780994324238
ISBN (paperback)
9780994324245
ISBN (e-book)
9780994324269

A frog named Todd lives in Blue Pond. Todd has
a kind and friendly nature, but he is unhappy.
The neighbouring frogs tease Todd because his
name sounds like “toad.” “Are you frog or are
you toad?” they ask. One day, Todd decides to
leave home and start a new life…

‘...Todd`s story targets the problem of name calling and taunting, summarising that good friends pick their friend up by encouraging and making them feel good about themselves. Also Todd`s self-discovery journey has an encouraging, positive message about loving and accepting your name and knowing that who you are and what you will become is the result of helping and being there for others... The story is presented in simple rhyming text accompanied by gorgeous, great quality illustrations. There are also a few colouring pages revising key moments of Todd`s personal discovery journey. This is particularly nice as the children can combine their love for reading with their love for drawing, and also give them an opportunity to reflect on the plot of the story...’

An extract from a book review by Jennie Madden

Centre Director, St Catherine’s Early Education Centre

Nian, the Lunar Dragon

Nian, the Lunar Dragon

Illustrated by
Marina Kite
Published by
VOLYA PRESS
For ages
4-8 year olds
ISBN (hardback)
9780994324214
ISBN (paperback)
9780994324221
ISBN (e-book)
9780994324207

Nian, the Lunar Dragon is an entertaining, beautifully illustrated rhyming narrative for young readers about the legend behind the traditional Chinese celebration of the lunar new year. According to the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year commences with the new moon (Latin: luna) in the beginning of spring.

A long time ago, the dragon named Nian lived in the deep ocean to the east of China. Nian was a strong and ferocious dragon, which no creature could defeat. Once a year, Nian climbed ashore to hunt for cattle and human prey. The people of the nearby villages and towns lived in terror, and each New Year's Eve they had to leave their homes to save themselves. One day, a monk came to the village. He knew a well-kept secret about how to scare Nian away and free the Chinese people from the danger and their fear.

Nian. Here comes the Dragon...
Here comes the Dragon...
Nian. Finale
... and here he goes.

Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy

Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy

Illustrated by
Marina Kite
Published by
VOLYA PRESS
For ages
3-8 year olds
ISBN (hardback)
9780994324276
ISBN (paperback)
9780994324283
ISBN (e-book)
9780994324290

Matt, a common young rabbit, never finishes anything he starts. “That’s good enough for me,” he always says. Where will Matt’s poor attitude take him and his family?

The author intentionally leaves the story without an end. She invites the children to come to a logical conclusion based on Matt’s behaviour in different situations. EASY-PEASY, LEMON SQUEEZY alerts young readers to be responsible for anything they do. There are 7 activities for children to do after reading/listening to a book. All these assignments are suitable for children as young as 3+ depending on their level of development.