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‘The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing’ by Pauls Adamson


reviewed by Noah Woolhouse, Room2, Year 6, Green Bay Primary 

Firstly, what was appealing to me was the cover and the title because I like hunting and fishing.

The content of the book covers interesting topics such as

(Hunting related)

  • how to stay safe with a firearm and how to clean a firearm
  • how to skin a rabbit and it has a recipe for rabbit nuggets
  • the parts of a shotgun and how to load a shotgun.
  • where to shoot a bird
  • the best way to catch pests
  • a recipe of possum stew

(Bush craft related)

  • a list of equipment you should take with you in the bush and strategies for crossing a river and how to tie a bowline knot
  • what different knifes look like and it gives a basic description of what they are used for
  • a recipe for goat stew
  • a range safety rules

(Fishing related)

  • how to tie a hook on to a fishing line and it shows you the parts of a hook
  • the parts of a fishing rod and it tells you about surfcasting
  • the fishing regulations and it gives you a recipe for barbeque parcel of fish
  • some different fishing lures and it gives you a recipe for baked whole trout
  • what equipment you need for white baiting and it has the white bait regulations and a recipe for white bait fritters.

I liked the book a lot, because it is about what I like to do.

I learnt how to cross a river and gained more knowledge on bush craft.

I enjoyed the recipes and I will try the “BBQ Parcel of Fish” first. The others I am not sure about trying and I am not sure how to organise the ingredients.

The illustrations/photos were quite clear and supporting the information in the text.

I would buy this book and keep it at home for looking up information, especially to have a look before I go hunting or fishing to remind myself of the correct equipment, the techniques, safety rules and regulations.

In conclusion I think book was very good and I really enjoyed reading it.


A Winter’s Day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik

Imagereviewed by Priyanka Raniga, Room 13, Green Bay intermediate

Melinda Szymanik is a great author. She created a vivid scene in the reader’s head. She wove a story of friendship, woe, hope and loss … the list goes on and on.

For those who haven’t read it, the story is about a boy and his family. The story is a Polish version of life. The boy and his famly are kicked off their farm and are taken to a Russian camp. All people over 14 must work at the camp in order to earn money and buy food.  They are taken in trains equipped with nothing but a hearth to cook on and a hole in the floor to relieve themselves. The family is taken to a number of camps before they are split up. The boy’s brother and father have to join the war training camp, while the boy, his mother and his sister are taken far away to a farm. There is illness in the family. There is uncertainty. What will become of them? Will they ever find each other again?

This novel was really gripping. Melinda has put a lot of thought into it, to show the characters’ side of the story. This book was extraordinary; I was on the brink of tears. I also liked how Melinda has added part of the language to the story, making it seem more realistic. The plot was absolutely heart-stirring, marvelous and exciting. For example, when you are reading this novel, you start predicting what will happen, but then something out of the blue happens, keeping the novel fast-paced with no dull moments. I have officially fallen head over heels with this book.