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Asher series- Fun on the farm book review

So much excitement… Hamish received his new readers in May.

I bought this amazing set from Wild kids book
I searched for quite a while to find just the right set of readers for Hamish.
I knew I needed a comprehensive set of readers that would guide him confidently into reading but I also knew that I wanted a set of books he would relate to and love.
Mostly I wanted him to enjoy the story so that reading wasn’t a chore.
I wanted the story to come alive, the characters to be real for him, and for him to truly want to pick up the next book.
I wanted reading to be fun.
I couldn’t have chosen a better set of readers than the Fun on the farm series by Wild kids books
This set of 26 books follows the tales of a little boy called Asher and his life and adventures on the farm.
Designed for grade 1 & 2 readers to read and identify sight words, each book focuses on a letter of the alphabet.
Basic first words make up most of the text with many words repeated for emphasis
How I use these is …
I first read the book to Hamish
💕We read the book together and discuss the images on each page.
💕He reads the book alone 6- 10 times until he is completely fluent in reading each word.
💕The first time he reads the book alone I ask questions to see that he has comprehended what he has read.
💕I test to see that he can both spell out the phonetic sounds as well as identify individual words by asking him to look at the page and point to a word.
💕I have made flashcards of the sight words used and we flash these in the afternoon.
💕He then reads the book aloud to a family member.
💕Lastly, he moves on to the next book.
To make reading fun sometimes we read loud, or soft, or like a grandma, a pirate or a Gruffalo, etc
This also helps him later to add tone and expression to his reading
You can hear him read them here
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Sophia’s Safari Bushveld field guide for wild kids

Just when I think I can’t love a book more Wild kids book writes a new one …
I can’t wait to take this little field guide into the bush with Hamish. A true gem and the perfect companion for all wild children.
Kayleigh has managed to condense a wealth of information as well as include a checklist, activities, and things to do for the kids into this little keepsake book.
Sophia’s Safari Bushveld field guide for Wild kids is a beautiful condensed checklist and activity guide that is the perfect companion for any nature-loving child on Safari.
You can catch a sneak peek of this beautiful book here
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Sophia Safari series 2 – Conservation book review

Wild kids book has new book !

Sophia’s Safari series 2 – Conservation 
Kayleigh has beautifully combined a love of nature with her natural writing and artistic talent to deliver a book that not only teaches children about conservation but inspires them to be wildlife warriors.
A gem on the bookshelf this book teaches you everything you need to know about biodiversity, ecosystems, animal classification, threats to nature, and information on our South African wildlife.
The illustrations and pictures are realistic, engaging, and open up for a further conversation on the various topics.
This book has been written in an easy-to-read language for little ones to understand and bigger kids to read themselves.
If you buy one book this year …this should be it.
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Sophia Safari series 1 – The African Animal Alphabet series – book review

In May I purchased some of the Sophia Safari books by Kayleigh Huysamen from Wild kids books.
This collection of African Animal Alphabet books is so amazing and covers 2 animals per book. ( For example Aardvark and Ant or Buffalo and Baboon)
Each book tells a story about the family, their 3 children, and their adventures with wildlife.
The books also contain pages of facts about the animals, helping your child to expand both their knowledge and vocabulary while they learn more.
The illustrations are beautiful, opening up many opportunities for conversation and curiosity to develop.
The stories are exciting, the characters relatable, and the information relevant for South African children.
I will definitely be purchasing the rest of this series as they speak right to Hamish’s interests.
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Hamish is a Wild kids book ambassador

A few months ago on the hunt to find the perfect reading books for Hamish I discovered the amazing Wild kid’s books written by Kayleigh Huysamen.

One look at her books and  I knew they were perfectly written for little wild children who loved nature like Hamish.
I immediately bought a set and since then, Kayleigh has published 2 new books and today Hamiish very proudly announced that he is a brand ambassador for Wild kids books.

About Wild kids books

Kayleigh is a farmer’s wife and homeschool mom to 3 adorable children who feature in her stories. They live in Zululand, Kzn, and run a sugarcane and game farm reserve.
Kayleigh writes with an obvious love of nature and it’s no surprise to discover that she studied pathology and microbiology. Her teaching experience comes across in her books as each book is both informative and broken down to a child’s level of understanding.
All the books center around the fun her family experiences on their farm and teach children about conservation,  Wildlife, birding, plants, and farm life.
Each book is written with the following goals :
  • To make reading fun through relatable adventures
  • To inspire a passion for wildlife and natural spaces
  • To encourage children to be outside and to explore the outdoors
  • To educate children about wildlife, nature and conservation.

Book series

You can currently purchase the following books and series from Wild kids books
Sophia’s Safari series 1
These books are all about wildlife, nature, and conservation. You will join Sophia as she travels with her family in the African bush in search of interesting places and animals.
Sophia’s Safari series 2
These books focus on teaching your child ways to contribute to saving endangered species, and about South African wildlife, conservation, and nature.
Sophia’s Safari bush field guide for wild kids
This beautiful book is filled with checklists and information for your child to learn and dis over. With a place to store and record memories of their trip, this book is a wonderful keepsake journal.
Adventures with Asher series 
An educational reading series aimed at children in Grades 1 & 2. You will join Asher as he discovers the joy in his daily farming adventures. Designed to focus on the fundamental skills of reading and phonics.
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BEAST, the new adventure/thriller starring Idris Elba and Sharlto Copley, opens in South African cinemas on Friday, 12 August.



 Sometimes the rustle in the bushes actually is a monster.


IDRIS ELBA stars in Beast, a pulse-pounding new thriller about a father and his two teenage daughters who find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator.

Elba plays Dr. Nate Daniels, a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their daughters to a game reserve managed by Martin Battles (SHARLTO COPLEY), an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them.

IYANA HALLEY plays Daniels’ 18-year-old daughter, Meredith, and LEAH JEFFRIES plays his 13-year-old daughter, Norah.

(from left) Norah (Leah Jeffries) and Nathan (Idris Elba) in Beast, directed by Baltasar Kormákur.

The film is directed by visceral, experiential filmmaker BALTASAR KORMÁKUR (Everest and 2 Guns and Contraband) and produced by WILL PACKER p.g.a., the blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office—including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, and JAMES LOPEZ.

The screenplay is by RYAN ENGLE from a story by JAIME PRIMAK SULLIVAN.


Trailer link:  BEAST – YouTube

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Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies Present

A Point Grey Production

Directed by 

Jeff Rowe


Kyler Spears


Produced by

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver

This film has not been rated.


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Bad Guys movie review

In April, United International Pictures hosted us at the premiere of the DreamWorks movie  Bad Guys.

Based on the books, this animated heist kept us riveted to the edge of our chairs as we laughed our way through the unique plot twists of this bad guy story.
I loved the message that anyone can change and the value of giving second chances.
The characters are relatable, Fun, and deliver 100% entertainment.
A great family night movie

About the movie

Notorious crime squad THE BAD GUYS have avoided capture for years, becoming the world’s most wanted villains in the process. When they’re finally caught, Mr. Wolf (voiced by Sam Rockwell) brokers a deal: the Bad Guys will go good in exchange for their freedom. But the crew will have to convince everyone (and themselves) that they really are “good guys,” just as a new villain comes to town.7
Genre: Animation
Age  This film is recommended for children age 6+
Educational Yes. There are several small messages like teamwork, sharing and friendship within the story
Positive role models yes
Positive message yes
Diversity yes
Violence  slightly. This is more cartoon slapstick violence with no serious injury or consequences.
Scare factor Slightly.
Adult content none
Bad Language none

Film details

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Experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. CHRIS PRATT and BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD are joined by Oscar®-winner LAURA DERN, JEFF GOLDBLUM and SAM NEILL in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe.

From Jurassic World architect and director COLIN TREVORROW, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.

(from left) Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Jurassic World Dominion, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, propels the franchise into daring, uncharted territory, featuring never-seen dinosaurs, breakneck action and astonishing new visual effects.


The film features new cast members DEWANDA WISE (She’s Gotta Have It), Emmy nominee MAMOUDOU ATHIE (Archive 81), DICHEN LACHMAN (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), SCOTT HAZE (Minari) and CAMPBELL SCOTT (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The film’s returning cast includes BD WONG as Dr. Henry Wu, JUSTICE SMITH as Franklin Webb, DANIELLA PINEDA as Dr. Zia Rodriguez, OMAR SY as Barry Sembenè and ISABELLA SERMON as Maisie Lockwood.

Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Watch the trailer on YouTube:  Jurassic World Dominion – Official Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD – YouTube

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Fireheart- movie review

I recently sat down and watched Fireheart with Hamish and absolutely love the story. 

Not only because it shows a time where girls couldn’t just dream freely of becoming anything they wanted, but also because it teaches us to keep dreaming,live our passion, never give up and that you can be anything you want to with the right attitude. 

If you haven’t yet seen this movie I highly recommend grabbing that popcorn and sitting down with the kids to watch it. 

About the film:

In Fireheart, 16-year-old girl Georgia (voiced by Olivia Cooke) disguises herself as a young man, Joe, to join the male-only fire department. When a mysterious spate of arson attacks draws her former-firefighter father, Shawn (Kenneth Branagh), out of retirement, he and his team — Joe included — investigate.

My thoughts : 

Genre: Animation

Age  This film is recommended for children age 7+

Educational Yes as the movie highlights real firefighters from around the world in the credits and the film ends with a history of female firefighters in New York City. It is also a wonderful introduction to some of the training needed as a firefighter and to open discussion on why women were not allowed to become firefighters.

Positive role models Yes

Positive message Yes

Diversity Yes

Violence None

Scare factor Slightly as the film discusses arson. Reference to people dying in a fire and some slight scare with people dangling from buildings. 

Adult content none

Bad Language none

Movie Details : 

Cast: Olivia Cooke, Kenneth Branagh, William ShatnerDirectors: Theodore Ty, Laurent ZeitounStudio: HuluGenre: Family and KidsRun time: 92 minutes

Watch the trailer here