Tuesday, 31 January 2012

KPE Episode 410: "Kaimanawa Princess"

This is Litia's final podcast for Korero Pt England as she is going to St Cuthberts College in 2012.  She has chosen to review "Kaimanawa Princess by Dianne Haworth and Shoal is her interviewer.   This book is based on a true story. The main character is an eleven year old girl, called Becky, who lives in the Bay of Plenty in NZ and at the beginning she is choosing her first horse. But these aren’t just any horses, they are wild Kaimanawa horses that are use to living in the mountains, and roaming free. They had been rounded up and were getting sold.
     Inspired by a true life story, Dianne Haworth has woven a moving and inspiring story of love and courage, and the bond between a young girl and her pony.  When the department of Conservation announced plans to cull the wild Kaimanawa herds, some unlikely bedfellows found themselves locked into a desperate fight to save the horses.  When a young girl stood beside the desert road in protest, her inspiring stand moved hearts and changed her own life, when a shy black and white mare looked to her for help - and paid back her debt in love and devotion.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

KPE Episode 409: "Piri and the Tekoteko"

Ahsin from Room 17 has been reading a book called "Piri and the Tekoteko" written by an author named Robyn Waitangi Nightingale. Gabriel interviews him about it.
The story begins when Piri and his nanny are on their Marae. Piri sees a  terrifying tekoteko on top of the Whare nui. A tekoteko is a carving of a Maori figure. This one is a wooden statue that sits on top of a Whare nui. It can be just an head, or it can be a full body.
You will enjoy listening to this podcast and finding out more about this fascinating subject.


Thursday, 19 January 2012

KPE Episode 408: "Lucky"

Shoal interviews Vivienne about "Lucky" by Ellen Miles.

Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies, especially Buddy, their adorable pet. But there are a lot of young dogs that need love and proper care. The Petersons act as a foster family, helping to find puppies a perfect forever home. Charles is on a backyard camping trip when he discovers a lost puppy by the stream. Lucky is scared, dirty, and hungry. It's up to Charles and his new friend David to bring this dog to safety. Will they be able to find Lucky's home?

Friday, 13 January 2012

KPE Episode 407: "EJ12 Girl Hero"

In this podcast Litia interviews Shoal about a book she has been reading.

This book is called "EJ12 Girl Hero" and is written by Susannah McFarlane. Emma Jacks is an ordinary girl. She is also a gymnast. She's competing in a competition and wants to be able to do big jumps onto the beam for the routine that she is doing but she doesn't believe she can. But actually, she is NOT so ordinary as you will find out when you listen to this podcast...

Sunday, 8 January 2012

KPE Episode 406: ""What do you want for Dinner?"

Onosa'i and Ahsin from Room 17 chose "What do you want for Dinner?" for this episode of KPE.  It is a School Journal story.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

KPE Episode 405: "My Dad's got an alligator"

"My Dad's got an alligator" by Jeremy Strong is reviewed by Kobe and Tau from Room 17.
Nicholas is used to his loopy father's antics. But it looks like dad has finally flipped when he brings an alligator home to be the family pet. With Crunchbag around there is never a dull moment. This riotous reptile is soon eating the Sunday lunch, is in the neighbours' pond and is on the loose.

Monday, 2 January 2012

KPE Episode 404: "What made Tiddalick Laugh"

Piriniha and Tau from Room 17 created this podcast of "What made Tiddalick Laugh" by Joanna Troughton. 
This is a story from the Australian Dreamtime about a greedy frog who drank all the water and left the other animals to go thirsty.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

KPE Episode 403: "What a Mess, Fang Fang"

Fang Fang was born in China but moved to Australia when she was very little. She speaks English and Chinese. But Fang Fang doesn’t like to speak Chinese. She wants to be like the other kids at school. Their parents all speak English. 
She always makes a mess when she eats wontons. How can she be neat and clean like her twin cousins? She needs some special magic!

Makalita and Vanessa who are Year 6 students from Room 17 review this book called "What a Mess, Fang Fang" by Sally Rippin.