Saturday, September 13, 2008

Raold Dahl's Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and writing review Journals

13th September and it's time to take a dip into the world of books by Raold Dahl.

Raold Dahl, a prolific writer of children's stories, adult fiction and film scripts was born on September 13, 1916 in Wales of Norwegian parents. His stories are marked by nightmarish or fantasy elements, grotesque humor and surprise endings. His most popular books for children are Gremlins(1943), James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (1964).

Dahl's adult fiction includes the short story collections Kiss Kiss (1960), Tales of the Unexpected (1979) and Raold Dahl's Books of Ghost Stories (1983). He wrote the screen plays for the James Bond film 'You only live Twice' (1967) and the Children's classic 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Raold died in 1990 leaving behind his books that find place on top shelves in kids rooms.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has always remained on Top of Charts in Kidsfreesouls Library & gets stars5.gif (394 bytes)It is cherishing the memories of childhood days and reading the Children's Literature. An all time classic for all ages. Never miss out the fun Reading Raold Dahl and yeah, don't miss to read 'Famous Five' - The Great Enid Blyton too!

Here's the review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
A true star of Children's Literature.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a singular delight, crammed with mad fantasy, childhood justice and revenge, and as much candy as you can eat. Willy Wonka opens the gate of his Chocolate Factory to the five 'Lucky Winners' who finds the golden ticket wrapped in a Wonka Chocolate. Charlie is poor and gets only one Chocolate bar a year! One day he finds a dollar bill in the snow and buys himself a chocolate bar. Luck favours him as this contains the fifth golden ticket. The fantasy tour of Charlie begins with the other four winners - Mike Teaves who lives for TV, Veruca Salt, a brat who lives with bratty parents, Violet Beaguragarde, a girl who love gum and Augustus Gloop who would just eat anything! Dahl portrays incidents with resourcefulness and humour. Violet blows up into a blueberry from sneaking forbidden chewing gum and Agustus Gloops is carried away on the river of chocolate he would not resist. They have great Adventures and in the end, Wonka gives a big 'Surprise' to Charlie. This is an all time Dahl Classic for all Ages. Kidsfreesouls 'Choice Pick' - Especially for 8-12 years:-)

Well, as I mention Raold Dahl, I am sure many children must be reading their fav choice Authors and fairyland stories. We need to encourage children to write 'Weekly review Journal' of stories they've read with a simple jot down in the scrap like:

Name of the Book
Author's Name
Characters in the Book
Best Part I like
Hard Words in the Book, 
My Opinion or Moral of the story
Lastly, Sign of the Student and Teacher's sign.

Once a week, one review writing and you have 52 reviews ready in a year. Even if the child skips writing, at least there will be 25 book reviews written - five may be beginning efforts but the remaining will be written properly with a little bit of help from the parent or teacher. I have students who've submitted 40 reviews + in a year. In the process, the child improves on reading, narrating and even sharpen language skills and handwriting.
 If a student dislike review writing, there should be an option to write a letter to a friend telling about the story. Here's Swagat Page with list of students who've read +25 and +40 reviews. You can submit reviews to Kidsfreesouls and get into Global List of Readers on Kidsfreesouls.

You can also set up a Google site during Internet Project and list down all the stories children have read in the weekly library session. Explain the moral values from stories like Frog King, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Snow White, Princess and the Pea and many many more stories. An interactive session with children is always fun and interesting for kids.

Here's my earlier post on 'Reading Aloud' and choosing books. You can watch the video onKidsfreesouls You Tube. And, here's on 'Encourage Reading' and on stories that reflects Moral Values.  Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
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