The Junior Observer launches 'Junior Readers’ Club' to which we
invite all you Junior Readers to join up! The Junior Readers’ Club will
hold activities and competitions to encourage you to read and read and
read more, for fun and to learn. Do join in!
One activity will be to introduce books for you to read. We will
introduce a book from Vijitha Yapa Bookshop and tell you about it in our
'Book Review'. You are also invited to write in and tell us about a book
you have read and liked. Write up to 150 words and email your entries to
[email protected] or post them to Lake House, 35, D.R.
Wijewardane Mawatha, Colombo 10.
NOTE: Vijitha Yapa Bookshop will give away prizes for a write-up on a
book available in their bookshops. The best book review will receive a
book as first prize, and the second will be a gift voucher from Vijitha
Yapa Bookshop. Contact the Junior Observer on 2429239 or 2429234 to
collect your gifts.
Do you want to visit an enchanted land and meet fairies, elves,
pixies, goblins and gnomes? The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton is about a
magical journey of three little children Joe, Beth and Frannie who
unexpectedly come across an enchanted wood with fairies, elves, pixies,
goblins and gnomes. The best thing about the wood is the oldest tree in
the world where the children are taken on exciting journeys on top of
the Magical Faraway Tree. People with peculiar names such as Silky,
Moon-Face, Mister Watzisname and Dame Washalot live in the Faraway Tree.
The novel focuses on the adventures of Joe, Beth and Frannie in the
Enchanted Wood. The most exciting adventures the children have are on
the lands on top of the Faraway Tree. Fairytale characters come alive in
these lands, and the children get to meet their favourite characters in
books such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The novel takes the reader on an imaginary journey to a land of
magic. The talking animals and trees add to the magical nature of the
story. The animals and trees in the Enchanted Wood talk and whisper to
each other and the children. The children's adventure in the Land of
Wizards on top of the Faraway Tree is the most captivating. Beth even
celebrates her eighth birthday in the Land of Birthdays on top of the
Faraway Tree. The novel has a happy ending with the children going
safely back home although they look forward to more adventures in the
Totto Chan: The Little Girl at the Window
Totto Chan: The Little Girl at the Window is a Japanese novel written
by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi with the experience of her own childhood. The
story is about a different type of alma mater which prevailed during the
time of World War II. As the main character of the story, Totto Chan
finds herself engaging in many adventurous activities with her
schoolmates. Totto Chan and her fellow students learn there while having
fun and freedom. Another speciality is that instead of buildings, the
school was constructed by using train compartments. The children are
often encouraged to do their activities out of the classroom in order to
enjoy nature. Above all, the most interesting thing is that there were
no strict timetables like today's schools. The great leadership behind
this wonderful school is its principal Mr. Isa Kobayashi.
However, in the end, the great school was destroyed by an unfortunate
bomb blast. Even though the school was burnt in the flames of the war,
it could gift many educated, all-rounded people to Japan. The story of
this amazing alma mater provides a lot of lessons to the present
education system in the world.
Hound of the Baskervilles
I have read many books, but the best book I have read is The Hound of
the Baskervilles. It is written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was
published by George Newnes in 1902. The main reason I like this book is
because it brings many feelings to the reader such as happiness, wonder,
amazement and fear. The story is also very mysterious. It is about how
Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson solve the case of the
mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville who was followed by an
enormous hound. Another reason why I like this book is because it
improves my knowledge on the subjects of English and English Literature.