Monthly Archives: February 2013

E Book Review: Grover Bill and the Geckos

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Another wonderfully written and colorful book for children and parents.  Well thought out story and useful resources for parents to assist their children’s comprehension and literacy development. ALWAYS check out the Menu tab before you start the story.  You can print out the parent handouts to guide you.  Thanks, Susan.

Susan’s website is:  It’s a delightful site!

App available at iTunes.  Just follow this link:

Restaurant Review: The Chefz Table

This gem of a restaurant has only been open for a mere six weeks and is mighty impressive.  Located in East Perth, we’d been hearing ads on 6PR Radio in the morning.  What had me sold on this idea is that when you made your booking, you could tell them what you loved to eat and what you didn’t like to eat and they’d create a menu for you!  I thought this was a fabulous idea.  This was a food allergy person’s heaven and haven.  With my long list of allergies, including peanuts and other nuts, egg, wheat, yeast, MSG, and citrus (by the way, I carry my list so that I can remember them all, too!), finding a restaurant that can cater for me is tricky to say the least.  Hello meat and vegetables at home… and now, welcome The Chefz Table.

Now, I have to say that every phone conversation and email was responded to with a friendly, caring and responsive person on the other end of the phone or computer.  The wonderful service was maintained when we arrived on the blustery night and were greeted with a very friendly “Good Evening”.

The food that we were served was absolutely delicious.  I would say divine.  To see my favorites served in such unique ways and with such class and… well, darn delicious was outstanding.  To make this point, I have no pictures as I did not want to interrupt my culinary journey to dig out my iPhone.

Apart from presentation, the different techniques and flavours were extremely palatable and taste bud enriching.  Knowing that all the food was safe for me was also very calming.  Only one minor hiccup occurred (which is a common one- citrus allergy is less well understood by others and needs a little bit more elaboration in the future) and it was quickly replaced with a safe option- which was extremely scrumptious.

I loved this restaurant.  It’s worth the price tag with the four courses, great service, and personalized touch.  They’ve just got this idea right!

Enjoy, Perth!  We really have welcomed a new restaurant among the stars.  What a blessing!  Thanks, The Chefz Table!

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“Thank You” Tribute to Debbie Ford… RIP

“Thank You” Tribute to Debbie Ford… RIP

A true loving transformational leader, Debbie Ford, passed away.  I read many of Debbie’s books, took several of her online courses and had the privilege of sharing conversations with her on the telephone during our classes.  Thank you, Debbie.  This song is for you… thank you for being such an inspiration for everyone you touched.  Love, Katrina xxx


I promised I’d share this little secret…

This is the game I purchased for the kids this term. Ticks all the boxes. Disgusting, fun, ridiculous and let’s me get lots of practice in with the kids before the doggy does his thing… Hilarious!

E Book App Review: Scaredy Cat by Susan Syddall

Children's Books: Scaredy Cat by Susan Syddall

To say that I loved this App, the story, the activities and parent suggestions is an understatement!  I applaud Susan for this story as she so cleverly told the tale of a cat being brainwashed while he was sleeping to think that the mouse was some kind of crazy, scary creature to fear!  It was humorous, clever and divinely written.  And yes, I am a cat lady.  You all should know this by now- but I’m a particularly picky reader.  Well done, Susan.  5 stars today!  You can visit Susan’s website at 

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E Book Review: Farmer Blake and Sneaky Snake

When I listened to this story on Sunday afternoon, I wasn’t entirely convinced that the kids would love listening to it.  It was longer than other stories by Susan but still fairly interesting.  I was sceptical… feeding hens ice cream… snakes eating cake… it seemed, well, just wrong!  However it turned out to be a source of laughter and joy on Monday when I used it with one of my little guys at work.  I chose to modify the text to suit my client and it really hit the spot.  Wonderful illustrations, once again.  Fun story.  Overall 4/5 for this one- only because I thought there was a whole lot more predicting and inferencing work for the kids that could have been included.  I’m just fussy!

Farmer Blake and Sneaky Snake

Available for purchase at the iTunes store.  Here’s the link:

App Review: There’s Something in the Bush, Matilda

This is a sweet E book that I read on my iPad for the first time yesterday.  I then used it with one of my clients, a Pre- Primary student, to develop her vocabulary of Australian animals.  I chose the “Read to Me” option and my client very much enjoyed the story telling style.  It was very engaging!

I loved the pictures of the Australian bush, the beautiful Australian animals and the story that was simple enough to embed new vocabulary, such as Australian animal names that kids may not know so well such as ‘Jabiru’.  My client called the Emu a Kiwi Fruit which gave us a bit of a giggle!

Check out the illustrations and text here:

The activities at the end of the book are fantastic, once again.  Susan Syddall has created another wonderful book with activities. 4.5/5 stars, particularly great for Aussie Kids and other children who’d love to learn about Australian animals.

I’m looking forward to reviewing the next book!

Available at iTunes.  Here’s the link for you.