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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Year 6 pupil Cosby Primary School - REVIEW
If you like a good contemporary realistic book, then this is the book for you. Anne Fine is an award winning author who uses her fantastic vocabulary and language skills well. The Flour Babies is an emotional roller coaster with some funny characters and a heart-breaking journey through Simon Martin's life and his relationships with his family.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is about a class science project on child development
We thought this book was interesting in the way that children of a certain age could learn the responsibilities of caring for a child. We thought the description put a clear thought of what was happening in your mind. The story introduces two boys (Martin Simon and Simon Martin) with different priorities. Martin Simon, an excellent straight A student is the total opposite...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is about a class science project on child development, 15 May 2002
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We thought this book was interesting in the way that children of a certain age could learn the responsibilities of caring for a child. We thought the description put a clear thought of what was happening in your mind. The story introduces two boys (Martin Simon and Simon Martin) with different priorities. Martin Simon, an excellent straight A student is the total opposite of Simon Martin who is an errant student who is thought of as a hard-head but later in the novel he shows us his true sensitive side. Simon struggles through the project thinking of only his father who left when he was young. It is not until the very end when he realises that his father is not an issue anymore, it is only the people who stood by him that count. This book teaches us the true meaning of caring for a child at any age. This story interested us a great deal and we recommend this story to other 11-14 year olds.
By Kate Eustace and Julia Smith
Featherstone High School.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flour babies, 26 Mar 2004
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Flour Babies is based in a school. Where an unintelligent class has to look after sacks of flour for a project. The class is doing that project because one boy thinks there will be a glorious exsplosion at the end. But will he be right?
Simon Martin is the main character in the book. He is a member of 4C. He is the only one that really likes his flour baby. Simon lives alone with his mum. At the beginning of the book Simon does not appreciate his mum. In particular when his mum refuses to look after his flour baby while he is at football
practice. but towards the end of the book he starts to realise how hard it must have been for his mum looking after him all by herself.
Because of having to look after the flour baby , Simon begins to wonder about his own father, who, left when Simon was still a baby. Simon has a lot of questions for his mum. was it his fault that his dad left? What circumstances did hisdadleave in? Simon also becomes more mature and starts to appreciate his teachers.
I enjoy the book because of the way we look ino Simon's memories.I think everyone between the ages of 9 and 12.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Year 6 pupil Cosby Primary School - REVIEW, 3 Mar 2014
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If you like a good contemporary realistic book, then this is the book for you. Anne Fine is an award winning author who uses her fantastic vocabulary and language skills well. The Flour Babies is an emotional roller coaster with some funny characters and a heart-breaking journey through Simon Martin's life and his relationships with his family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flour Babies by Anne Fine, 26 Mar 2004
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Ellie (England,Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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Flour babies is a meaningful novel about a class of 14 year olds receiving a sack of flour each which they must look after for 4 weeks. Simon Martin's father left him when he was a baby and this flour baby helps him understand about parenting and why his father left.
Simon is a teenage slob,who doesn't pay any attention to school work what so ever until he chooses home economics in a science fair and receives a flour baby.
Simon manages to persuade hisf riends into thinking that at the end of the project they can kick they're flour babies to bits,this was because he over heard a conversation/arguement between Dr Feltham and his form tutor.
To start with he hates her but then he starts to explore his unknown past and his missing father.Simon grows to care for this flour baby although his friends think he's lost all his sanity.
He first realises that his school teachers must haveto put up with alot , looking after him and his class mates , so in a regular detention with Miss Arnott he, foronce, settles down to work instead of getting up to his usual strange antics. But this only lasts that one detention because he doesn't want to loose his reputation.
Simon next starts to think about his Dad and why he left. He satrtsto ask him self a lot of questions like
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book was excellent but sometimes I would drift away, 15 May 2002
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I thought that the book was funny at points and interesting too.The class 4C were quite unusual. The flour babies project probably the best out of the five projects.At first Simon liked the project he was the only one that did but he did pick the project.
In the second chapter Simon is sent out of assembly for talking he hears something he thinks is true that the flour babies are to explode but boy was he wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very intersting book and you learn about responsibilities., 27 April 2002
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A very inspiring book which tells you alot about responsibilities and how to handle them.I liked the bits where all the accidents happen like when it falls in the muddy puddle and gets all wet.The bit at the end where Simon finally comes to his senses and decides that telling his life to a flour baby isn't going to help him find his father.I would recomend this book to children 10 and over and give it 10 out of 10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book which you would like to share with others, 23 Mar 2001
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This is one of Anne Fines best books. Although it is a bit a bit confuing at times it is very straightforward. It's about a boy called Simon who falls in love with his Flour Baby - a sweet little bag of flour with a bonnet and a dress! Our class copied the idea and had Flour Babies of our very own!(Actually they were salt Babies)but we had great fun!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flour Babies book review, 26 Mar 2004
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The naughtiest class in the school, 4C, have been given the task of looking after some flour babies. The stotry is about a boy called Simon Martin who thinks that looking after sacks of flour is a rubbish idea. But Simon falls in love with with his baby. Will Simon find out why his dad left the family when Simon was a kid.
The story focusses on a 14 year old boy called Simon Martin and his flour baby. Simon also tries to find out where his dad went when he left the family. He recongnises how hard it must of been for his mum to look after him all by herself. When Simons dad left, he was whistling a tune. Simons goes everywhere he can to try and find out the words to the song.
In the story a few messages have been put into the book. One of them isnot to have babies too young. To find out the others you will have to read the book.
In the story I enjoyed the bit where Simon realised that there wasn't going to be a grand explosion and the whole class got angry at him for believing in him. But when Simon actually realises that all the babies are just sacks of flour, he takes them out the bin bag and kicks and chucks them around the hallway. The hallway is now covered with flour and there are white clouds of flour floating above him. But at the moment Mr Cartright, his form teacher, just can't be bovered to tell him off. It has to be the best scene in the book.
I think that children of 8-12 years would enjoy this book because if you were any younger than 8, you ouldn't be able to understand the story because of the vocabulary in it. I f you were any older than 12 you might find the story a bit childsh and boring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flour Babies, 26 Mar 2004
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Tim Gray (Petersfield, England) - See all my reviews
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The story is about a naughty boy called Simon Martin who is in the 4th year. His class has chosen the subject 'Flour Babies' for the science fair. they have to look after the babies for 4 weeks but does all go to plan? The only thing Simon can think of is the Glourios Explosion they are going to have at the end of the project.
The project starts to have a real affect on Simon. He starts to ask his mumabout his father. He has mixed feeling about his father because of the clues he is getting towards his fathers dissapearel. Nearing the end of this mystery Simon begins to realise that his mum has been really, really kind and loving to him. He has thought many things about Mr Cartwright aswell. Infact it waqs Mr Cartwright that gave him the last clue to the mystery Simon has being putting together. At the end Simon realisesthat he has been really selfish nagging about having to take the Flour Baby everywhere. his mum had to carry a REAL baby around with her when he was young. Mr Cartwright ,after 3 weeks had had enough of the Flour Babies and he threw them 1 by 1 in the bin(after the weigh in).Simon hpowever catches his and puts it in his desk. Simon also collects all the Flour babies and takes the around with him. In amoungst all the detensions he is getting he has a glourious explosion for himself.
I particually liked the idea of them thinking they are going to have a glourious explosion and then nearing the end they find out that they aren't. I like this bit because they have made you read on thinking that there is going to be a really intresting bit at the end which makes you want to keep reading.
I think that 9,10 and 11 year olds would get the most out of this book because they would get alot of insperational ideas from this and would widen there voab.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flour Babies a Good Book ?, 26 Mar 2004
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Ollie Sims (Midhurst, W Sussex ,UK) - See all my reviews
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It all starts with a boy called Simon Martin who is in class 4C, the bottom class at school. The whole class is given the task of looking after imaginary babies made out of bags of flour. Simon manages to convince the whole class that there is going to be a "glorious explosion" at the end of the project for the school science fair. The whole class has little enthusiasm but the thought of a flour fight at the end keeps them going for much longer. Their teacher tries to encourage them but gets fed up with the flour babies and takes them away after only eighteen days. Simon manages to save his flour baby from the bin and keeps it until he has his own glorious explosion!
The novel has a number of important morals, including don't give teachers a hard time and that sometimes things happen for no reason.
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