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The Flower (Child's Play Library)
The Flower (Child's Play Library)
by John Light
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and beautiful, 8 Aug 2008
This is a strange, beautiful, captivating story that lingers long after reading it.

When Brigg goes to the library and finds a book labelled "Do not read" on it, he does what any self respecting child would do, he takes the book home to read. In it he finds pictures of something he has never seen before in the city...flowers. He is captivated by the illustrations and the beauty of them. On passing an antique shop he sees a picture of a flower in the window and buys, what turns out to be, a packet of seeds, which he plants and nurtures until one at last flourishes.

John Light weaves a story of enormous pathos, yet ultimately of hope which is brought to life through Lisa Evans' haunting illustrations.

It is a story which lends itself to use within the school curriculum in a broad range of subject areas, from PSED and Citizenship to philosphy and thinking skills.

As an adult reader, the book has left a lasting impression on me. It is a stunning book, thought provoking and profound which encourages children to think, to ask questions and to hope...

Amazing stuff!


Outdoor Play: Providing Continuity in Purposeful Play and Exploration (Carrying on in Key Stage 1)
Outdoor Play: Providing Continuity in Purposeful Play and Exploration (Carrying on in Key Stage 1)
by Sally Featherstone
Edition: Paperback

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book!, 6 Aug 2008
This is a superb resource for those working in both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

The book is full of excellent ideas which are invaluable both for early years practitioners and those in Key Stage 1, on a day to day level and for developing a more creative curriculum.

It is set out in chapters which support not just creative ideas, but curriculum ones too. Topics covered include:

Sound and music
Dens and shelters
Numbers
Stories
Petals, leaves, feathers and stones
Minibeasts
...as well as many, many more.

Each section suggests how the adult can support the children's learning, the NC Programmes of Study that apply, suggested resources and activities, as well as a wealth of weblinks and ideas.

This is the 'flagship' book of the new series by these great authors. Others, tied to ideas using specific resources (eg sand, construction, role-play) are covered in more depth in other books in the series, which are equally good.

I can recommend this book VERY highly for creative practitioners, or those looking to use the child centred and holistic approach found in the foundation stage curriculum in Key Stage 1.


Construction (Carrying on in Key Stage 1)
Construction (Carrying on in Key Stage 1)
by Sally Featherstone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb resource!, 6 Aug 2008
This is a superb resource for those working in both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. The book is aimed at making connections for developing knowledge and skills across the curriculum through creative ideas, each of which are linked to the early learning goals and the National Curriculum attainment targets. It is jam packed with ideas which would be invaluable for early years practitioners and those in Key Stage 1, both on a day to day level and for developing a more creative curriculum.

It is written in clearly defined sections for a range of construction ideas (eg using twigs, recycled materials, fabric, ribbon, wooden bricks, pebbles etc) each of which is laid out in a user-friendly style. There are lots of superb weblinks too to develop ideas and planning.

I know I am going to use this book time and time again, not just for continuing to use ideas from the foundation stage curriculum in my Year 1 class, but to find creative and innovative solutions to developing curriculum ideas.


Mabel And I
Mabel And I
Offered by Cheap CDs
Price: £18.49

5.0 out of 5 stars This is gorgeous!, 7 Jun 2008
This review is from: Mabel And I (Audio CD)
I've had this album for a while now, but of late it has been barely off my play list. It is achingly beautiful, full of sadness at lost love. Her voice is superb and I wish this lady was a more well known name - she deserves to be! The album has many tracks you will replay again and again. It is music to feel sad with, to work to, to chill out with on a dark evening with the lights low.

Beulah deserves to be a major name. Her songs are gorgeous, timeless and lovely and her delicious voice is the perfect vehicle for her songs.


Music Hole
Music Hole
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £9.84

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Camille!!, 10 April 2008
This review is from: Music Hole (Audio CD)
I'm a huge fan of Camille...she is clever, original, witty and creates some exquisite music!

If you are familiar with her work, then Music Hole, will have many familiar features: acapella singing, and sound loops of her own voice multi tracked to create an orchestra of sound.

While her first two albums were primarily in French, this is mainly sung in English, which is potentially going to bring her a far larger audience (I certainly hope so...she is fantastic!).

There is a wide range of styles on this album, 'Sanges Sweet' is uplifting with a slight gospel feel to it, quite gorgeous. 'Money Note' is a stand out track on the album, fabulously funny track with its tongue firmly in its cheek, which takes a swipe at the mercenary nature of the music industry (it will get you dancing and smiling in equal measure - think a female acapella Mika or Queen and you'll be getting there). 'Winter's Child' is enigmatic, ethereal and beautifully cinematic, while 'Cats and Dogs' is full of fun. This is not an album you can readily pigeonhole in terms of style or content.

Camille is quite unlike any other artist I know of. If you are old enough to remember Laurie Anderson, or like the edginess of Imogen Heap, or are familiar with the wonderful Anais (also French) then you are likely to love Camille. That said, I have introduced her to many of my friends, with very diverse musical tastes and she has proved popular with them all.

Her earlier albums won the French equivalent of a Grammy, and you will see why. This is intelligent, touching, funny and uplifting music that makes you smile and makes you think too.

I can't recommend her highly enough!


Le Fil
Le Fil
Offered by MERLINMOOSIKDE
Price: £8.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Unique!!!!, 12 Mar 2008
This review is from: Le Fil (Audio CD)
I have had this cd for a couple of years now, bought on the basis of hearing 'Ta Douleur' a clever, upbeat track...all of the 'instruments' on which are Camille's voice in various guises cleverly multitracked and layered to create an 'orchestra of sound'.

The more you listen the more appreciate the subtle cleverness of this sublime album. The songs are great - even if I can't understand a word!!! - the arrangements are innovative, fun and funny. The individual tracks range from heart-breakingly beautiful and moving (for example 'Pour que l'armour me quitte') to whimsical and ethereal on 'Assise' and 'Baby Carne Bird'.

Friends who have heard the album have been equally captivated and Le Fil has a wide range of appeal.

A key feature - and one of contention for some reviewers here - is 'le fil' itself, or the continuous tone which runs through the album, like a meditation. Personally I like it. It is the thread that draws the songs together, diverse through they are.

If you enjoy individual songwriters like Imogen Heap, Beth Orton or french artists such as Anais I think you will enjoy this. I recommend it very highly indeed and guarantee you won't have experienced quite like it before!


Happenstance
Happenstance
Offered by Renegade Sports Group Limited
Price: £4.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously lovely, 9 Mar 2008
This review is from: Happenstance (Audio CD)
Rachael Yamagata deserves huge recognition. Her songs are achingly beautiful, passionate, fierce and heart-rending ballads which cannot be ignored.

They have that late-night, bar-room feel, a bluesy/jazzy edge, a little humour and lot of emotion.

"I'll find a way", "Even so", "The reason why" and "Meet me by the water" are stand-out tracks for me and justify the price of the album.

If you like Fiona Apple, KT Tunstall, or even Leona Naess I think you will enjoy the tenderness and beauty of these songs.

Turn down the lights, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy...


19
19
Price: £6.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss, 9 Mar 2008
This review is from: 19 (Audio CD)
I bought this cd on the basis of the single Chasing Pavements, as I am sure many have done.

Her voice is lovely, a little like Kate Nash, or a female version of Paulo Nutini - with a gritty, raw edge that is full of feeling.

Similarly to Paulo Nutini, her youth is evident in her song-writing and the album is a mixture of some beautiful and well crafted pieces, such as 'Make you feel my love' which is a gorgeous piano ballad, the lovely 'Hometown Glory' and of course 'Chasing Pavements'. Other songs on the album, as others have commented, lack the strength of these songs and are (in my opinion) less well crafted.

I think Adele is someone to watch. If she continue to grow and develop she could one day emulate some of the astonishing song-writing that Amy Winehouse has achieved (although I hope without the emotional fallout!).

Certainly one to watch!


The Reminder
The Reminder
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.89

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime Delight!, 10 Nov 2007
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)
Feist's third album is a sublime feast. Her voice has a delicious late-night quality, breathy and rich, not unlike Fiona Apple, Joan As A Police Woman, Camille or even Rickie Lee Jones.

The songs are sparsely arranged, with her voice and lyrics being the most important components.

I found the album immediately accessible, moving and appealing with stand out tracks being the beautiful 'The Park' (simple acoustic guitar, 'Water' (late-night jazzy edge, with her voice drifting through bass and piano like smoke) and Sealion (upbeat, almost with alt-gospel feel). Many people with recognise 1-2-3-4 from an advert, but while it gives a flavour of the album, Feist is far more exciting, innovative and diverse. Ironically, her uncluttered arrangements actually add to the album's atmosphere and range!

This is fantastic.... light the fire, some candles and enjoy!


I Megaphone
I Megaphone
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.43

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!, 3 Nov 2007
This review is from: I Megaphone (Audio CD)
I first listened to this album on the recommendation of a friend, but initially found a lot of the tracks on the album a little 'hard' on the first few listens. However, there is something pervasive and powerful about her songs, and I have found myself reaching for this album more and more.

Stand out songs on the album are (for me):
Candlelight (beautiful, melodic piano based ballad)
Come here boy (sensual with delicious lyrics...this is a REAL grower)
Angry Angel (powerful, emotion packed)

Imogen Heap has a gorgeous, powerful and distinctive voice which is evocative, haunting and memorable.

If you like such artists as Frou Frou (on which Imogen sings), Fiona Apple, Beth Orton or even Bjork....slightly experimental, intelligent and thought provoking, then I cannot recommend this highly enough!


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