Fendalton Open-Air School Library Blog

Welcome to the Fendalton Open-Air school library blog. This is the place where reading for fun is our main focus. There are heaps of reviews, author and illustrator links, and book trailer links. There are games to play on the homework page and ideas for parents as well. Feel free to leave a comment on any of the posts.

Monday, 7 February 2011


by Deborah Abela

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Sunday, 30 January 2011

The billionaire's curse

This is the first book trailer for the year. The Billionaire's Curse by Richard Newsome. Of course, we have the book in the library and from the trailer it looks like a good one to read. We also have the second book in the series.

What would you do if you inherited a billion dollars?

Why not make your own book trailer?


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Welcome to 2011

Yes it is the start of a new year and remember lots of new books in our lovely new library. Hope you all had a chance to enjoy some reading over the holidays. Why not send me a review or come and tell me about your reading in the library next week.
I did find this wonderful site on youtube about book dominoes. Brilliant - but do not try this in the library.
Just click on the black screen and it will start up.
Thanks to King's High school library for the link.
Enjoy the new term everyone.


Friday, 17 December 2010

Holidays are here

Today is the last day of term and we had a special visitor escorting the children across the road.
Santa, alias Mr McKinnel, our wonderful caretaker and his helper brightened up everyone's day on this last wet school day of the year.
Have a safe and happy Christmas and I hope you find a good book in your Christmas stocking.
Happy reading.

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Quaky cat

14 December 2010

Last week we were lucky to meet Diana Noonan at the opening of our new library. Diana was in Christchurch to launch her new book Quaky cat which is illustrated by Gavin Bishop. This book was written for everyone in Christchurch who went through the disastrous 7.1 earthquake on September 4 this year. As a way of helping children deal with this disaster and the continued aftershocks, Scholastic have given a copy to all year one and two children in the earthquake area. This is a wonderful book and many of you will have read it by now as the books were given out on Friday.
Only Christchurch businesses were used and both the author and illustrator are donating all their royalties to charity.

Many of us can relate to our pet cats and dogs going missing in the earthquake and this book reassures us everything will be okay in the end.

You can even buy copies of the artwork in this book from www.gavinbishop.com
You can also see the original artwork on display at the Te Tai Tamariki Gallery, First floor 87 Victoria St
Christchurch. Open 14 - 24th December
5-29 January Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

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Opening of the new library

Well the long wait is over and we have had our official opening.
It was a great day with the sun shining and a gentle breeze.
Miles Kau Kau blessed the new library.
Our kapahaka children performed wonderfully.
Then we were so lucky so have Diana Noonan talk about what libraries and books meant to her when she was a child.
Diana Noonan has written a number of children's books including "The best loved bear".

The children also handed over a cheque to Mr Sibson for $30,000. This was money for the new library which was raised by the brilliant PTA team. Without their help we would not have the lovely new furniture or shelving.
Thank you to everyone involved.

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010


23 November 2010

by Michael Morpurgo

This is a story told in three voices. Matt, his grandfather and Matt's best friend Aman.
Aman's story of his life in Afghanistan is awful. There is poverty and war and the struggle for survival. There is also the devotion of a stray dog, Aman names Shadow. There is life in England until Aman is snatched away and placed in Yarls Wood detention centre. There is so much in this book that you just need to read it to find out how wonderful it is.

Michael Morpurgo is a brilliant writer. Check out his site.

You can also take a look at an interview he did on why he wrote Shadow.

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Library open

17 November 2010

Finally we are open. We will have an official opening soon with guests and heaps of new books.
We are also waiting for a few things to arrive but its open for business.
First to arrive were the eager readers keen to try out the new library.
Then came Room 8 who gave it a thumbs up.


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Storytelling in the library

11 November 2010

Storytellers from the Christchurch city libraries are Making the most of our old library before we move into the new one. Zac and Megan delight the children with stories and audience participation. Just look at their smiles.
In a week or so we will be in our new library so it was a lovely way to end many already happy years in the old library.

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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Shelving arrives

4 November 2010

The new shelving has arrived and is going up today. Won't be long now before we are moving the books in.


Friday, 29 October 2010

And the move continues

29 October 2010

Take a look at Kevin and Paul our caretakers lending a hand.

The School Journals have arrived and are being sorted by helpful parents.


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Welcome back to Term 4

October 2010

This is the term we have been waiting for. Our new library is almost finished and we are preparing to move.
The resource room is now in boxes and the shelves have been dismantled ready to be put up in the new resource room.
Just think about all the brand new books available when we open the new library soon.


Monday, 20 September 2010

20 September 2010

Daisy's maze
by Kyle Mewburn

"Daisy lived at the top of a very tall tower, in the middle of a maze.
Every Tuesday, her friends would come to tea, but they would be so tired after their long trip through the maze and tower that they'd fall asleep."

Mr Page read this book to us.
Here are some of the things we thought.

It was exciting! It was amazing! It is a very good maze. He used very descriptive words.
Five out of five.
If you want to know what happens to Daisy - visit the library and read the book.
Room 12

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

After the earthquake!

14 September 2010

Yes! At 4.35 am on Saturday 4th September a major earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand. At 7.1 magnitude it toppled buildings, homes, ripped open roads and left everyone terrified. BUT everyone is alive.
Most people now have power and water back on and most children are back at school although sadly some schools may have to be demolished and rebuilt.

This natural disaster will be part of New Zealand's history and in time much will be written about it but in the mean time there are plenty - thousands actually - of other books in the library.
Here are some of room 7's children relaxing in the library.
Pop in and get some out. It is a great way to relax after such an event.


Thursday, 2 September 2010

Monster revenge

Monster revenge
by Dean Lorey

This is book two in the Nightmare Academy series

This was really cool and interesting. It had lots of different monsters.
Charlie, Violet and Theodore have to fight hydras to get the milk off the mother hydra to save
the guardian. Lots of adventure.

Jacob S aged 10

Dean Lorey has a great website if you like monsters.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Great site for reading activities

Meet Roy the zebra and have fun with reading, phonics, and many online games.
This will also be added to the homework page. Already becoming very popular. Give it a go.


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

So true

Quote heard from Jessica today when told to go back to class after a library visit.

"I hate having to stop reading""

Very true Jessica!!


Monday, 23 August 2010

Kyle Mewburn

23 August 2010

Wow! We loved him. He was so funny and so entertaining.
He told us stories and read some of his books.
We have lots of his books in the library and if you want to know more you can go to his website.
This is Kyle signing his winning book Old Hu-hu for Carmel.

Book week competition winners will be announced at assembly on Friday so if you entered any listen out for your name.


Thursday, 19 August 2010

Dust cover competition

Take a look at what Alex T and Henry H from room 10 have done.
This is their dust cover for the book Pencil of Doom by Andy Griffiths