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What a Lot of Nonsense – Sheena Knowles/Jonathan Bentley



y648Harper Collins Australia

  • ISBN: 9781460756140
  • ISBN 10: 1460756142
  • Imprint: HarperCollins – AU
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD

Lots of fun with this one – but then you would expect no less from the author who gave us Edward and Edwina Emu!

While little ones will love this for it’s rollicking rhyming text and wonderfully colourful and quirky illustrations, teachers and librarians will also be thrilled with its potential for a great interactive teaching opportunity.

Threaded through the text are a number of anagrams so this is a superb way to introduce these to younger readers and spark off some fun with finding or creating more.

Instigating that love of language for its own sake is such an integral part of what we do and having a ready-made ‘primer’ with which to do this is always a gift.

At this particular moment in time it will be a super way to introduce a new element of language into lessons as the initial introduction to anagrams is something that could be pursued independently while learning in a remote-teaching situation.

Teaching notes will be greatly appreciated I’m sure and I have no hesitation in recommending this highly for kiddos from around 5 years upwards.



Click to access What-a-Lot-of-Nonsense-Teachers-Notes-FINAL.pdf

Nursery Rhymes


In the times when I was in the classroom I was for the most part an ‘Infants’ teacher as we were known then. I mostly taught Year 1 or 1/2. We knew the importance of nursery rhymes and they were always our entree into the world of language. From my observations it seems that less children are coming to school with a familiarity with these so this article is useful and revealing.