Walking Library for Eigg Primary School 2014

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In February 2014, the Walking Library visited the Isle of Eigg. A highlight of our trip was dropping in to Eigg Primary School, accompanied by a Walking Library sack of books. Every book carried was suggested by a member of the Walking Artists Network. The question the Walking Library asked them was:

“What book about walking would you recommend for 8-12 year olds?”

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The Walking Library’s visit to Eigg Primary School started with some slides and talk about mobile libraries and other unusual libraries the world over, including Colombia’s library carried by donkey (the Biblioburro), Kenya’s camel library, Laos’s elephant library, West Java’s miniature book mobile, the book boats of Norway, the miniature libraries in parks in Bagota, the Book Forest – outdoor pubic bookcases – in Berlin, the global Little Free Library movement, and even libraries in old red telephone boxes in some places in the UK. Then there are civic libraries which are not in themselves mobile, but which connect with citizens’ mobility – for example, vending machine libraries, some of them sited at busy train stations.

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The pupils of the school were then invited to dip their hands into the Walking Library sack and select two books each. Everyone read aloud the book cover, so we all had a sense of what the book might be about. Some swapped their books. The books not yet selected were left in the School – making a brand new Walking Library for everyone to dip into over the coming months.

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Everyone was invited to send The Walking Library a review of their book. Below are all those reviews:

Eigg Primary School  Walking Library Book Reviews          

                                    

A walk in the rainforest

Name of the Book: A Walk in the Rainforest

 Author’s Name: Kristen Joy Pratt

 Date of publication: 1992

Genre: Informational

 Reviewer’s name: Catriona

Provide a short summary of this book?  This book is an A to Z book using animals, plants and places to describe the letters with very disruptive words.

In what way(s) did walking feature in this book? Walking is featured in this book because it’s about an ant walking in a  rainforest and all the things he saw.

What did you most like about this book? My favourite thing in this book is the amazing pictures and colours.

 What did you least like about this book? The thing I didn’t like is some of the words were very difficult .

Who should read this book? Who would you recommend this book to?  Every on from ten years upwards who like A to Z books.

 

Swallows and amazons 2 

Name of the Book: Swallows and Amazons

 Author’s Name: Arthur Ransome

 Date of publication: 1930

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer’s name: Clyde

Provide a short summary of this book? The story is about 4 children who sail to a small island and have fun. But then the Amazons come and a lot of battles happen.

In what way(s) did walking feature in this book? On the island, in Rio, in Holly Howe.

What did you most like about this book? The big battle at the end.

 What did you least like about this book? I liked it all.

 Who should read this book? Who would you recommend this book to? Aged 8, if good reader, and over.

The boy who ran to the woods

Name of the Book: THE BOY WHO RAN TO THE WOODS

Author’s Name: JIM HARRISON

Date of publication: 1937

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer’s name: Dylan

Provide a short summary of this book? The book is about a boy who was blinded in one eye and that became wild and loved nature.

In what way(s) did walking feature in this book? The boy loved to run through the woods.

What did you most like about this book? The nature bit.

What did you least like about this book? The girl at the beginning of the book who smashed a bottle in the boy’s face.

Who should read this book? Who would you recommend this book to? People that are 8-11 years old and people who like nature.

Henri's walk to Paris

Name of the Book: Henri’s walk To Paris

 Author’s Name: Saul Bass and Leonore Klein

Date of publication: 1962

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer’s name: Logan

Provide a short summary of this book?  (What is it about? If it tells a story, what is the main plot? If it tells us facts, what are those facts about?) A boy (henri) walks to Paris but halfway he has a rest so he puts a pencil on the ground pointing to Paris but while he is asleep a bird picks it up but then drops back on the ground but when it lands it is pointing henri’s home so he wakes up and follows his pencil back home and is very surprised because he thinks Paris has lots of buses and lots people but he can only see one bus and a few people and he is also very surprised that they have a house exactly like his (even though they don’t because he’s looking at his own house).

In what way(s) did walking feature in this book? The story is about someone walking to Paris

What did you most like about this book? It was very funny and the illustrations were very different from most books

What did you least like about this book? It was quite short.

Who should read this book? Who would you recommend this book to? Everyone.

We're going on a bear hunt

Name of the Book: We’re going on a bear hunt

Author’s Name: Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Date of publication: 1993

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer’s name: Mia

Provide a short summary of this book?  It is about going on a bear hunt and they go through lots of places that feel different like the tall grass and the thick oozing mud.

In what way(s) did walking feature in this book? They were going on a bear hunt and they walked there.

What did you most like about this book? The best thing would have to be the illustrations

 What did you least like about this book? Nothing!

Who should read this book? Who would you recommend this book to? Young children aged 2 and up but I’m 11 and I still like it.

winnie-the-pooh   

Name of the Book: Winnie-The-Pooh

 Author’s Name: A.A. Milne

Date of publication: 1926

Genre: fiction and fantasy

Reviewer’s name: Breagha

Provide a short summary of this book? It is a short story about Christopher Robin and his friends.

In what way(s) did walking feature in this book? Everybody goes and walks around in the woods.

What did you most like about this book? When pooh gets stuck in a hole.

What did you least like about this book? Nothing.

Who should read this book? Who would you recommend this book to? Children who like good stories that are funny

 

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 The Catalogue of the Walking Library for Eigg Primary School:

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente; proposed by Cathy Turner (Exeter) and Misha Myers (Falmouth)

The Summer Book, Tove Jansson, proposed by Sue Porter (Bristol)

The Story of Mr Sommer, Patrick Süskind, proposed by Monique Besten (Amsterdam)

The Children’s Crusade, Henry Treece, proposed by Cathy Turner (Exeter)

A Walk in the Rainforest, Kristin Joy Pratt, proposed by Dee Heddon (Glasgow)

Walking, Andrew Langley, proposed by Dee Heddon (Glasgow)

Weird Walkers, Anthony D. Fredericks, proposed by Dee Heddon (Glasgow)

The Worst Journey in the World, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, proposed by Dee Heddon (Glasgow)

Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A.Milne, proposed by Monique Besten (Amsterdam)

Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome, proposed by Chris Townsend (Highlands), and Idit Nathan (London)

The Driftway, Penelope Lively, proposed by Eleanor Margolies (London)

Henri’s Walk to Paris, Saul Bass/Leonore Klein, proposed by Stephen Hodge (Exeter)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, proposed by Alison Lloyd (Nottingham) and Claudia Zieske (Huntly)

The Boy Who Ran to the Woods, Jim Harrison, proposed by, A n j a  H ä l g  B i e r I (Virginia)

The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford, proposed by Anna Francis (Stoke-on-Trent)

The Living Mountain, Nan Shepherd, proposed by Alexander Champion (Huntly)

The Little Prince, Saint-Exupery, proposed by Blake Morris (London)

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One thought on “Walking Library for Eigg Primary School 2014

  1. Katherine Mezur

    Loved the children’s book reviews and hearing about all the creative libraries. I am determined to do a walking library here in an inner city space in Oakland and SF. Always love following these walking libraries.

    Reply

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