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Title: The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary
Author: Martii Maclean
Illustrator: Sharon Clark
Publisher: Kooky Cat Books
Published: October 4th, 2018
The heroine of this story is Isabelle who lives with her parents in the Loops, on top of a hill overlooking Mermaid Cove but they’re often away on mysterious adventures so Isabelle spends most of her time with her Great Aunt in Saggy Beach Retirement Village. This book has fifteen of her adventures, most with her friend, Tammy and there are illustrations of some of these throughout the book. The activities are ones that children, especially girls, will easily be able to relate to and may involve some things they have previously done themselves – or may want to try after reading about them. Forget sitting with gadgets or watching screens, this is living life out and about, come rain or shine! Exploring the environment, creating things and interacting with people are all part of the stories.
Many of the adventures will bring back memories to older readers and could prove inspirational to children. With competitions, rescues, parties, fun in all weathers, nature study, exploring, investigating, tricks to play and so much more this is a lovely, inspirational book that children will love and could easily be used in schools by teachers. too. Each chapter is a complete adventure, making it easy for teachers to select any suitable one of them as a stimulus for associated activities. There’s even a teacher’s resource guide available online filled with fun activities linked to Isabelle’s adventures.
I requested and was given a copy of this book. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
One gutsy eleven-year-old, a cool beach town, a hilarious crew of friends and oodles of adventures.
Once upon a beach, there was a girl called Isabelle Necessary. A girl with an unusual name and a rather extraordinary life. She roams around a sleepy beach town with her loyal team of friends. Follow Isabelle, Tammy, David, Nin, Draino the cat and Champ the wonder dog as they navigate one sticky situation after another and figure out how to turn a frog into a movie star, deal with a never-ending milkshake and escape being trapped in a lighthouse.
The type of book that brings back childhood memories and captures the essence of being a free-spirited kid.
Perfect for teachers and educators as the book comes with a teacher’s resource guide and student maker kit by Isabelle Necessary herself. Middle-grade reading level.
Author Bio – Martii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories. She likes going for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator goggles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs. Or how about this…
Martii Maclean writes fantastical, adventurous tales for children and teens and sometimes adults. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband Trevor and her cat Minerva. Her work as an educator and librarian, allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people. This inspires Martii to create thought-filled stories that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’. Find out more about Martii and her stories at http://www.martiimaclean.com
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The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary is filled with tales of Isabelle’s amazing adventures and creations which can be extended to classroom learning. Below is book study activity inspired by chapter eleven, “Isabelle Necessary Helps out at Halfway Percy’s Shop.”
For more book study activities, get your copy of The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary Teacher’s Notes, a free collection of teaching ideas compiled by Martii Maclean. It can be downloaded from the author website here. (insert hyperlink: https://www.martiimaclean.com/shop/the-adventures-of-isabelle-necessary/) The guide is aligned with the Australian Curriculum but the activities are fun for any classroom or educational setting.
Book study activity: Setting up a class shop: math-money, adding, calculating change, writing lists, role-play/drama. (ACMNA 017, 034, 059, 080)
**Read “Isabelle Necessary Helps out at Halfway Percy’s Shop”
Have the students visualise the descriptions of Percy’s shop and list the items that are for sale. They can add items from their own shopping experiences with their families.
Students bring empty packets from home and create a shop in the classroom.
Children can learn/refresh their knowledge about money by creating cardboard facsimiles of currency for the shop.
They can write shopping lists and visit the shop. Taking turns to be shopkeeper and customer they apply math skills in real-life situations.
Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the Book Blitz it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book.