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Reece Give Me Some Peace HB

(8 customer reviews)
Authors: Sonia Bestulic Illustrator: Nancy Bevington
Children, Fiction, Music
230mm x 260mm

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 2019 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards – Shortlist

A fun-loving book about the wonderful world of music and of noisy play!

Reece is a very cheeky, curious young boy who loves making NOISE. Today he’s making music. There are lots of interesting clangs, bangs and thumps coming from his room as his playing gets more and more vigorous.

His mother’s requests for him to be quieter only seem to make him louder and louder. As his exuberance for his playing grows, so does his mothers exasperation!

Will she ever get any peace?

The simple rhythmic text combined with delightful illustrations remind us of the power of learning through play and exploration. Kids will love making the lively sounds, and parents and carers will relate to the challenge of being able to enjoy some quiet; especially when there are instruments at play!

Sonia Bestulic

Sonia Bestulic

Sonia Bestulic is a multi-award nominated Children’s Author, Speech Pathologist, Podcaster, and highly regarded Speaker. She is also the Founder of Talking Heads Speech Pathology clinics, in Sydney Australia. Sonia is an advocate for honouring mothers’ wellbeing, celebrating children, and living a life powered by love. She combines real-world experience having worked with thousands of […]

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Nancy Bevington

Nancy Bevington

Nancy Bevington is an energetic, multifaceted visual artist. Her artistic career spans over three decades, working in painting, illustration and concept creation and execution. Picture books are one of her real passions. Using her many styles and techniques she has the ability to interpret the written word and bring a story to life. Nancy uses traditional […]

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8 reviews for Reece Give Me Some Peace HB

  1. Reece Give Me Some Peace is the first picture book for the eight years and under age group that I have encountered that provides a fantastic early link to the musical world, which is very pleasing. This is the perfect medium for introducing children to the vocabulary around musical instruments. There is a good sense of anticipation in this text, as we question and wonder what new instrument will appear next. The author of Reece Give Me Some Peace, Sonia Bestulic, works hard to incorporate as many common musical instruments as she can within this text. With this in mind, I believe Reece Give Me Some Peace would make the ideal teaching tool and side accompaniment for early musical experiences.
    As an early childhood educator, I am always on the lookout for new ways to teach concepts of rhyme and rhythm. Reece Give Me Some Peace is a good example of a book that subtly tunes children in to the infectious combination of alliteration, language play, rhyme and rhythm, all within the one text.

  2. In this comical riot of rollicking rhythm, amiable alliteration and an onomatopoeia oomph, author Sonia Bestulic cleverly integrates an auditory blend of language patterns and play with words. Her story, including Reece’s instrumental pitch, and his mum’s instrumental frustration, build up like a rising crescendo to a dramatic climax, and then fall softly to a satisfying, ‘peaceful’ finale. Nancy Bevington does the same with her brilliantly supported illustrations; with colour and movement that become more intense, and characters shown either in their element or in their exasperation (I love the inclusion of the poor, jittery cat). The blue and yellow hues aptly create this sense of contrasting opinions on volume, flashed with white sparks of energy emanating from every page

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this picture book. It took me back to the days when my kids were little, and when my nephews would visit and “play” the piano, drums, ukulele, and any other musical instruments that were lying around – all day long!
    This book has repetitive phrases that little kids will enjoy learning and repeating with whoever is reading the story with them, as well as introduced kids to a variety of instruments including the traditional xylophone and drum as well as the flute, violin, and cello.

    There are throw backs to the early days of learning an instrument when the sound is more noise and enthusiasm than music. Remembering those early days, both when my kids were starting to learn music and when I did, brought an added enjoyment to this story.
    This is a fun book that everyone will enjoy, and a brilliant addition to any picture book library. For all those who are creating a music picture book collection, this one should be included too.

  4. “Sonia is a warm and engaging speaker. The children really enjoyed her interesting and interactive presentation. They benefited from the activities and discussion surrounding the themes in her books. Sonia opened up to them the world of writing, illustrating and publishing a book. We look forward to reading more of her books in the future!”
    Bronwyn Steinwede, Teacher Librarian, SGCS Infants.

  5. “Sonia presented her books Reece Give Me Some Peace! and Kisses in Your Heart to our K-2 students. Her talk was engaging – particularly Reece Give Me Some Peace!, where she played the violin and got the students to play musical instruments. Our students enjoyed both presentations and we have been able to use her books in our PYP curriculum”.
    Christine Rothfield, Junior School Teacher Librarian, Ravenswood School for Girls.

  6. “Our preschool children loved listening to Sonia’s books ‘Kisses in Your Heart’ and ‘Reece Give Me Some Peace!’ The introduction of the violin was engaging and inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to encourage and promote early reading and literacy to young children and for signing the children’s books to take home, a highlight and great keepsake.
    Stav Bebonis, Shining Stars Childcare

  7. We had the pleasure of welcoming Sonia to our Storytime sessions to help promote her books and spread the word to parents and young children about play and music and the power of a parents love for their child. Sonia’s use of music to engage with the audience and her talent playing violin encouraged our young audience to join in, express themselves and most of all have fun! We look forward to hosting future programs with Sonia and would be happy to help promote any up and coming publications.
    Fiona Kutera, Team Leader – Children’s & Youth Services (George’s River Council)

  8. Sonia shares a natural gift for empowering those with children in their lives, to embrace their own personal growth.

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