Wednesday, 28 May 2008

KPE Episode 175 " If You're an Apple, You Can't Be a Banana"

" If You're an Apple, You Can't Be a Banana" by Pauline Cartwright.
Pheonix and Colin tell us about Charlie, the hero of this story, who is always being asked what he wants to be when he grows up. Charlie doesn't really know so he tries lots of things. He works on an orchard, he cleans windows, he becomes a singer for a while. But really he just likes messing about. Only Charlie's Mum seems to understand and she says to him
" If You're an Apple, You Can't Be a Banana". To find out more about what she means you will need to listen to this podcast. Well done to Colin for his first podcast and we hope you do become a doctor when you grow up Colin!
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Monday, 26 May 2008

KPE Episode 174 "Famous"

"Famous" by Elizabeth Pulford.
Alisi and Lyn from Room 17 present this podcast about a boy who is desperate to become famous. He tries all kinds of things in his effort to become famous and none of them work. All of the other members of his family are famous - including the cat - but he just cannot manage it.

We have podcast this very popular book before, in episode 130, but you will see that these two girls have chosen a very different tack to take with their presentation. You should have a listen to both of the podcasts about 'Famous' and tell us what you think.
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KPE Episode 173 "Family Surprises"

"Family Surprises" by Margaret Mahy
This podcast is letting you know about another book in the Kiwi Bites series. We really love the Kiwi Bites books here at Pt England School! Pheonix and Jaydn present this story by one of New Zealand's most famous authors, Margaret Mahy. We always expect to see unexpected characters in her books and this one has them all. A dragon who is different from the rest of her family who becomes friends with a boy who is different from the rest of his family. Together they show their families that they are pretty cool kids (or should that be dragon and kids?) and have some fun and adventures along the way. We know you will enjoy the podcast and reading the book.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2008

KPE Episode 172 " To the Harbour"

"To the Harbour" by Stanley Palmer.
Matthew and Wayjo from Room 18 are the producers of this podcast. They have chosen a book that is one of the finalists in the picture book section of the2008 "New Zealand Post Book Awards". They tell us they have really enjoyed this book and give us three main reasons.
First they say that it tells us a lot about what New Zealand was like in the time our grandparents were young.
Second they really enjoyed the pictures in the book. The author painted the pictures himself and photographs of them are used to illustrate the book.
And finally, it is a really interesting story about some kids who set out on an adventure. They run into danger and have to get themselves out of it and get home safely.
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Monday, 5 May 2008

KPE Episode 171 "The Astonishing Madam Majolica"

"The Astonishing Madam Majolica" by Eirlys Hunter
Wouldn't it be lovely to only have to brush your teeth once a year? Toby, the hero of our story, could hardly believe his ears when Madam Majolica told him that if he bought her special toothpaste he would only have to clean his teeth once a year. It was a dream come true. But Toby was not prepared for what happened when he tried it out! This crazy story is presented by Sam and Uani from Room 18 and they are sure you will enjoy it as much as they did.
You can enjoy the podcast below or click here to download a quicktime version.


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KPE Episode 170 "Grandma McGarvey Joins the Scrum"

"Grandma McGarvey Joins the Scrum" by Jenny Hessell. This picture book is presented by Tanielu and Tyler in Room 15.
In this funny story Grandma's car breaks down, and when she gets out to go and find help she finds herself in the middle of a rugby match - on the team! She is surprisingly tough for an old lady and she even scores the match winning try.
Tanielu and Tyler are both very keen on their sport and during this podcast you will not only find out about the book but you will also find out about the teams they play for. Tanielu's season has got off to a winning start and you will see some cool photos of him in action on the field. If you get a bit confused about rugby or league, then leave the boys some questions - they will be only too pleased to help you out.
Click on the podcast below to watch it, or if you would like to see a quicktime version, click here to download it.
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KPE Episode 169 "Sydney and the Whale Bird"

"Sydney and the Whale Bird" by David Elliot is presented by Kathleen and Uani from Room 18.
This picture book tells the story of Sydney the penguin who is also an inventor. Things go disastrously wrong when he invents a whale-powered nest builder. You might well ask, "What is a whale-powered nest builder?" and if you listen to the podcast you will find that out. The whale ends up on the beach and that is where the Whale Bird thing from the title comes in.
We think this is a very good book to read when we are learning all about flight during our 'Up, up and away' inquiry at Pt England School this term.
Play the podcast below and tell us what you think. If you want to watch a quicktime version, click here to download it.
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KPE Episode 168 "The Tar Dragon"

"The Tar Dragon" by Joanna Orwin is presented by Beau and Meshaq from Room 17.
In this picture book a boy tells the story of what happens to him one day as he was walking home from school. He came to a sign that said 'Road Closed' and he had to take a closer look. There was a big black machine spreading hot, sticky tar on the road and it was bubbling. He stopped to have a closer look and then a play and before long he was covered in tar. You can imagine what happened when he got home that night!
Listen to the podcast below, or if you would like to download a Quicktime version, click here.
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