Temporarily amongst dreaming spires not just to be able to blog but it has shown me just how fast the internet can be when not in sunny Snape. So here after much delay are the amazing books made by folk at Thursday's Storyshack including a wonderful Recipe holder-a first for Storyshack:
....and then there was playing and even changing of clothes needed after fishing-not sure if that's always the case when fishing but obviously is in Storyshack style y.
....and finally pleased as punch with Storyshack book - ably helped by his Mum :-)
'"My Brother has his sword, Kind Robert has his war hammer, and I have my mind...and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."
Tyrion tapped the leather cover of the book " That's why I read so much, Jon Snow" '
A very interesting article about fantasy fiction which is worth a little peep for both old and young-that doesn't mean I'm recommending Game of Thrones for the primary school aged children! Interesting discussion raising value of a sometimes spurned genre for adults although I don't ever think it has been that case for children.
Fear not....children are VERY creative when they want to be (and parents too) look at these beautiful books ....
Look at these beautiful creations made at Storyshack including home made buttons from a very dedicated and determined Storyshack parent who made an amazing 'many story' book which you can see in the middle there. Look below...it's already perfect for writing in......
Absorption a plenty so come along tomorrow and make your own version. The coffee will be on :-)
'It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness' Get inspired with 'Dreams of Freedom' and other lovely Spring reads....
A lovely 3 for Thursday all of which you can come and read in Storyshack this afternoon or this week or next.
'Very little Cinderalla' by Teresa Heapy and Sue Heap is really delightful especially for very small people who like to do the things big people do but can't. It is Cinderella with a twist minus any arguments about ridiculously tiny impossible waists. In fact it goes as far away from this as possible and ends up with a lost welly instead of a lost slipper and really is very sweet with a mixture of different sized illustrations and text-it will make you smile.
'13 hours' by Narinder Dhami is a cracking read for, I think 9+ which raises the not often written about issue of young carers. It's written in a clever way as part of an unravelling suspense/thriller which then changes into being much more about changing relationships and revealing secrets centred around a young carer called Anni. The first chapter is really compelling and I found myself hooked and needing to read on until I'd finished (luckily it was the weekend). Something different to fantasy and murky worlds this is very real life and one for an Easter read.
Lastly one I've been waiting for 'Dreams of Freedom in words and pictures'-a collection of words and pictures from inspirational people.
Every school should have a copy to go alongside the beautiful 'We are all born free' ...
'I don't mind if I have to sit on the floor at school all I want is education AND I am afraid of no-one.' Malala Yousafzai
The link to the Easter bunny basket craft loveliness is above. If you're looking for an Easter story to cross both KS1 and 2 look no further than Brian Wildsmith's 'The Easter Story' which has been around for a while; the cover above, I think, is the newest edition. The book features a donkey which is a lovely way of seeing the story through different eyes. The words can be simplified if you need but the illustrations are really beautiful and would make some lovely cards to sequence for the story too.
"Gifted" by Donald Hounam is in fact a rather different wizard to Harry but different in a good way and I think the world does need Frank Sampson. He is a forensic sorcerer trying to solve the case of a headless bishop. The story is set in Oxford but in a different time which makes for a more intriguing read. There are some parts that indicate it is more of a teenage read -11+ There's a bit of romance in it too ;the humour adds to the quirkiness and you get absorbed into Frank's world quickly. The characters are interesting-particularly Frank and his relationship with Marvo. All in all a GOOD READ. New character for new Spring days.....go and open the book.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
Hurrah news-currently aiming to set up STORYSHACK in a lovely garden with a log cabin for book making and a little annexe for 7 and under books, dressing up, potion making and general IMAGINEERING GALORE. Look out for more postings before the Easter Holidays.
In the meantime if you like detective novels with some clever eccentric peeps in rather than action biff pow punchy super hero types look no further than "Knightley & Son" by Rohan Gavin. Darkus' father has been in a coma for four years and Darkus has been piecing together all the cases his father was working on in order to pursue the lines of enquiry his father was following as a private detective. It's actually perhaps more about relationships than actual detecting but there is the sinister 'organisation' to be wary of and a clever plot about a book which compels people to commit crimes. It's about brains and feelings and there's lots of insights into a family make up previously fractured and set up slightly differently. It's a quirky read-Darkus is a bit Sherlock ian in his traits. I think 9 + should enjoy it and there's a series; "K9" is the second.
"Children are neither the property of their parents nor even the world. They belong only to their own future freedom." -- Mikhail Bakunin
Must haves for your family and school library. 'We Are All Born Free' has been around for a long time now but now this beautiful Amnesty book 'Dreams of Freedom' is coming out in March with many well known illustrators contributing including the lovely Oliver Jeffers.
Children MUST HAVE FREEDOM TO BE A CHILD....enough said.
Perhaps we need to simplify developing a love of reading and think about how we respond to books in an instant first before over complicating the matter. Perhaps we wouldn't necessarily choose to answer a lot of questions first off. Perhaps we might just say... I loved/hated that bit when:
Charlie takes the wrapper off the chocolate bar so carefully (so that it's etched on my brain when opening bars of chocolate-just in case....)
Plop discovers fireworks for the first time-'Dark is exciting'.
You read 'The Dragonfly Pool' and find out what an Axolotl is in Pet's corner.
The Dad in 'Framed' heats up the sea for his son, wading in to the water with a kettle heated from the caravan.
You can do that in passing-you know if someone has engaged with a book not just by their language but through body language, by their facial expressions.In fact there's nothing better than watching expressions when you read 'that bit'. Surely that's what it's ALL ABOUT? Just witnessed it myself when we were reading that bit when: James finds himself in a tunnel which smells beautiful and realises he is inside the peach so he takes a bite out of it.
Books are the places for awe and wonder first and foremost. We need to get MORE TALK about them, more debate, more 'that bit when ....'
AND....read ourselves so we can join in because that's what makes it special, that shared experience which leads to very different responses.
PS just looking at a picture of an axolotl gave us lots of story ideas;a spin off from 'The Dragonfly pool' perhaps, it made us smile when we looked this particular character up on Monday.
Avid reader, sometimes a headteacher AND founder of Story shack. A place where you can release your imagination and see where it takes you....
Release your imagination......
Explore new worlds.
Make your own stories.
Explore a map-real or fantasy....where do you want to go? Make your own and see where your imagination takes you.