Monday, April 16, 2018

Schools : Harry Potter 20 years in th U.S, new paper books by Brian Selznick

Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic
credits: courtesy of Scholastic

To mark 20 years since The Sorcerer’s Stone (that’s Philosopher’s Stone for Brits) will initially released in the US.  A set of seven black-and-white covers by Brian Selznick.

Harry Potter  and The Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling

The American publisher of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books has unveiled last 10 April the new covers for the Harry Potter series illustrated by Brian Selznick as part of its year-long campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Harry Potter Chambers of Secrets
J.K. Rowling
Illustrated by worldwide bestselling author and Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Selznick, the new paperback editions will be published in the U.S. on June 26, 2018. Harry Potter is getting all spruced up for a new generation of readers.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling
Selznickauthor and award-winning artist has reimagined all seven Harry Potter books with his inimitable black and white drawing style, all to celebrate 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the US.

Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic
credits: courtesy of Scholastic

Selznick favors an antiquey black-and-white style, and his Potter covers continue that theme. When placed side-by-side chronologically, the seven books create a single image that tells Harry’s story, from his arrival at No. 4 Privet Drive to the Battle of Hogwarts.
Selznick, best known for his novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabretwhich was so memorably turned into the Martin Scorsese movie Hugo, 2011, a film that went on to scoop up 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. 

Selznick spoke about his work on the covers, calling the opportunity an "absolute honour."

"I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honour’" 
Brian Selznick

Harry Potter  and The Goblet of Fire

Sharp-eyed readers will spot intricate details throughout the artwork, such as Hermione’s Time-Turner, Harry’s Patronus, the maze from the Triwizard Tournament, and the Hogwarts Express steaming toward a new school year with the next generation on board.

Harry Potter  and The Order of Phoenix
J.K. Rowling

"I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers. I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that."
Brian Selznick

Harry Potter  and The Half-Blood Prince
J.K. Rowling

This is just the first of the US celebrations to commemorate 20 years since the first Harry Potter bookHarry Potter and the Cursed Child opens on Broadway on 22 April, while the British Library’s exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, transfers to the New-York Historical Society on 5 October. 

Oh, and a film you might have heard of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will be out 16 November in cinemas worldwide.
In addition to the newly designed paperback editions, the American publisher will publish books in conjunction with the exhibition and film

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
J.K. Rowling
1st American edition, 1998
Rowling’s series launched in the U.K. in 1997 with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
In September 1998, an American edition under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling
1st American edition, 2007
The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in 2007. The seven Harry Potter books have sold more than 160 million copies in the U.S. alone and over 450 million copies worldwide. The books are published in over 200 territories in 80 languages.

Harry Potter  and The Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling
Selznick's new interpretations of the Harry Potter books will be published in paperback in the US on 26 June 2018

Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic
credits: courtesy of Scholastic

There are so many snakes on these covers! But still, these covers have way more snake in them than they do Harry Potter. At least they’re also chock full of nostalgic references from every book in the series.

Harry Potter's Brian Selznick


The covers for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series are almost as iconic as the books themselves, no? Who can forget the image of the red Hogwarts Express behind the young Harry?
Of course, there have been many variations for each novel, but the latest has fans all riled up with excitement. 
To mark the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the American publisher is planning major events throughout the year including celebrations at bookstores, libraries, schools, and festivals around the country. Of course, teachers and students will take part in these celebrations. 
My thoughts:

So all this is about a very well-known books. Again! Harry Potter books contain some Gothic elements, such as an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, not so many snakes - they give me goose bumps! - some inexplicable events, supernatural creatures and occurrences such as prophecies and visions. Young people love it! You have the new readers and all the 'potterheads'.

In sum, the Harry Potter books are mesmerising page turners. I highly recommend it for any age group of students. US schools, teachers and students must prepare for the great moment.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

March in review & Science : How far is far ?

Artist’s illustration of the Chandra spacecraft in orbit
Photo Credit: Marshall Space Flight Center

“Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.”  

How far is far? To help put ‘space’ in perspective, Chandra X-ray Observatory takes us on a journey from some of the smallest to some of the largest distances in our universe.

The clearest way to define distance is as “the amount of space between two points.” But how far is far?

This short video compares distances from the very small to the very far, from the distance between gravitational waves to the distance to some of the farthest galaxies.

An interesting digital resource to include into your science lesson.

And why 'Chandra' telescope?

Chandra X-ray Observatory is in orbit around the Earth. It was launched in 1999. And next year marks the 20th anniversary of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory launch into space. 

C. Chandrasekhar
credits: AIP

“Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.” 

Roger Brissenden outlines some recent successes of the telescope and discusses the achievements of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar the Indian born astrophysicist after whom the telescope is named. 

Arguably the greatest astrophysicist of the twentieth century, his name is in every astronomy book. From the upper mass limit of a white dwarf, Chandrasekhar’s limit, to the orbiting Chandra X-ray telescope, he left his mark on the very concepts and vocabulary that physicists and astronomers use today. He received the Nobel Prize in 198.

X-ray Universe:
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 
iPhone app

Teachers, visit Chandra X-ray Observatory website. There are featured resources, app, interactive games, activities and quizzes that you can explore into your lessons.

As well, at the end of every month I put together a list of the most popular posts. You will find posts written in English and Portuguese. 

And now, it's time to the review of the most popular posts of March:
    Here are the most popular posts of the last month:

Wherever you are, I hope you are happy to come back to school after Easter holiday.
Thanks all the educators from around the world who kindly continue to read my blog every day. 

The classroom must be an open window to the world. Students must feel free to talk and share ideas about all the subjects they care about, in and around every curriculum.

Have a nice time wherever you are! Here, rainy time!


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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Schools : HCA2018 Winners : Eiko Kadono & Igor Oleynikov : resources

The Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are presented to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature. 

The award seeks to recognize authors and illustrators whose work represents an "important, lasting contribution to children's literature.J.K.Rowling was the writer winner in 2010. 

Eiko Kadono, writer & Igor Oleynikov, illustrator
Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018
credits: DR

The winners of this year’s Hans Christian Andersen Awards - considered the Nobel Prize for children’s literature - were announced on 26 March at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair by Patricia Aldana, chair of the award jury, on behalf of the International Board on Books for Young People. 

Japanese author Eiko Kadono received the prize for writing, and Russian artist Igor Oleynikov was awarded the honor for illustration.

 Eiko Kadono, Japanese writer
Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018
credits: Getty Images

"There is an ineffable charm, compassion, and élan in the work of this great Japanese author.  Whether in her many marvellous and funny picture books, or her great series of novels about the witch Kiki or her novel set during World War II about a brave girl who must walk through a terrifying tunnel of trees to get to school, Kadono’s books are always surprising, engaging, and empowering.  And almost always fun. And always life affirming.

Kiki's Delivered Service
writer: Eiko Kadono

While delivering packages on her broomstick, Kiki, a charming young witch, and Jiji, her cynical cat, learn important lessons in life, friendship, and trust that help Kiki to realize her full potential.

Kiki is a young 13-year-old witch living in a village where her mother is the resident herbalist. Traditionally, witches live alone for a year when they reach the age of 13. One night, Kiki takes off for the big city with her best friend Jiji, a talkative black cat. (...)

Kiki's Delivered Service (Japanese language)
魔女の宅急便/Majo no Takkyūbin 
Eiko Kadono

The original Kiki's Delivery Service novel was published in Japan in 1985 by Fukuinkan ShotenIn a first English translation of the Japanese book that was made into a full-length animated feature by Disney. Simultaneous.

"Although Kadono has travelled widely throughout the world, her stories are deeply rooted in Japan and show us a Japan that is filled with all kinds of unexpected people."

Grandpa's Soup
Eiko Kadono
When Grandma dies, Grandpa is too sad to do anything. All day long, day after day, he sits by himself in his house. Then, one day, Grandpa wakes up and decides to try to make the soup his wife used to make for him. Though each batch he makes is bigger and better than the last, Grandpa hardly gets a taste of it. Unexpected visitors, hungry for soup, keep arriving at his door. Soon, Grandpa discovers that sharing with his new friends is the best cure for his loneliness.

 Eiko Kadono, Japanese writer
Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018
credits: Shinichi Iizuka
Kadono is the third Japanese children’s author to win the Hans Christian Andersen award, following the poet Michio Mado in 1994 and Nahoko Uehashi in 2014.
Kadono is the author of Kiki’s Delivery Service, basis of the animated film by Studio Ghibli, among nearly 250 original works for children and more than 100 translations into Japanese.

Igor Oleynikov, Russian illustrator
Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018
credits: Hannah Johnson
"This exceptional illustrator can bring the page alive in a way that must be the envy of his peers. Coming from an early career as an animator, Oleynikov is a master of design and composition." 

Tiny Bear's Bible
Igor Oleynikov

"Furthermore, he brings an extraordinary cast of characters to life – from young boys and girls, to witches and giants, to wolves and sharks, to fairies and trolls, to Joshua and Ruth from the Old Testament, to even a brilliant tiny mouse who goes to Harvard!  Though he claims not to like illustrating ‘cute’ children, he is more than capable of creating beauty – in his landscapes and in his characters."  

Mahalia Mouse Goes to College
John LithGow
illustrator: Igor Oleynikov
Mahalia Mouse and her family live underneath Dunster House, an old Harvard dormitory. Foraging for food for her younger brothers and sisters, Mahalia gets trapped in a backpack and then finds herself inside a classroom far from home. Mahalia, intrigued by the lecture, starts attending classes and soon becomes a full-time student - all the while wondering about the fate of her family. But when graduation day finally arrives, Mahalia has a wonderful surprise waiting for her. 

Mahalia Mouse Goes to College
John LithGow
illustrator: Igor Oleynikov
Written as part of his keynote address at Harvard's commencement, this latest book from John Lithgow, illustrated by Igor Oleynikov incorporates includes a CD of him reading the text at the commencement. Mahalia's story has an inspiring message for graduates or anyone whose success is worthy of celebration.


  • Kiki' Delivered Service: Animation film & a-live action film

Kiki's Delivered Service
Hayao Miyazaki, 1989


Kiki’s Delivery Service, basis of the animated film by Studio Ghibli in 1989. Kiki's Delivery Service is an animated movie directed by the world acclaimed animator, Hayao Miyazaki

The story is based on Eiko Kadono's novel of the same title. It was the first major success of Studio Ghibli
Miyazaki made Kiki a heart-warming story of a little girl, about her struggle of growth and independence.

Kiki's Delivered Service
Hayao Miyazaki, 1989
One may be surprised that a movie can be built on no antagonist. Even so, it is still highly entertaining and enjoyable, with values and meanings that are by no means less than its predecessors.

Soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi on iTunes.

Kiki's Delivered Service
Takashi Shimizu,2014

A live-action film adaptation with direction by Takashi Shimizu was also published in 2014.
Disney released an English language version in 1998. The look of the new live-action film is heavily influenced by Miyazaki’s designs and storytelling. 

Directed by Takashi Shimizu, “Kiki” is portrayed by actress Shoshiba Fuka; Kotobuki Minako is the voice of Kiki’s  black cat, Jiji. 
The movie is set in the seaside town Koriko which the main character Kiki played by actress Fuka Koshiba chooses as her training location; the movie describes the life and delivery work of a little girl. The figure of the black cat Jiji, voiced acted by Minako Kotobuki, was also unveiled for the first time.

Kiki's Delivered Service
Hayao Miyazaki, 1989
The inspiration for both Miyazaki’s and Shimizu’s features came from Eiko Kadono’s 1985 children’s novel of the same title. 

Following the success of the anime, Kadono wrote five more volumes from 1993-2009, charting the heroine’s passage into womanhood. 

The screenplay by Shimizu and Satoko Okudera stitches together new plots from Kadono’s later books (mostly from the second volume, “Kiki and Her New Magic”), and it retains the formless, episodic nature of the author’s writing.

Lemony Snicket quote 
print by Stephanie Baxter


My last posts continue to talk about books. It's impossible not to mentionne all the news about children's books in these last days. And of course, I love books. My master in Humanities reminds me how books, and children's booksheralding magic and values. 

Students have a lot technology. They are immersed on smartphones - you know I'm not against. On the contrary. They born into technology time. I write often about education and technology. It's imperative to use technology in our lessons.

But books are special. It's the humanities values they need to live into so many technology.

These two winners, writer Eiko Kadono and illustrator Igor Oleynikov will captivate your young students, future writers or illustrators - who knows -stimulating their imagination and "offering creative solutions to obstacles that we will find along the way."

The love of books can give rise to a new generation of poets, writers or illustrators by reading in Languages and  Arts school curriculum.

The inspiration for students will come this from Kadono and Oleyniko children’s novels and illustrations among other great writers and illustrators.

Activities for students:

  • Reading the books by Eiko Kadono and Igor Oleynikov on different grades. Discussing the diferences and the importance of the two authors in children's literature (writing/illustration). Don't forget to prepare  previously the pedagogical material to your lessons;
  • Watching Kiki's Delivered Service (animation and live-action. The inspiration for both Miyazaki’s and Shimizu’s features came from Eiko Kadono’s 1985 children’s novel of the same title; Discussing the diferences of the versions;
  • In groups, recalling information about the two authors, Eiko Kadono and Igor Oleynikov, exploring Google Earth and Google Maps.
  • Choosing one novel of each author and making reading contest and new illustration contest at school.

 "If I lose my magic, that means I've lost absolutely everything."



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References: IBBY/ Studio Ghibli