08 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
I was invited back to the library in Santa Coloma to do some storytelling in English and I had a great time revisiting a favourite story of mine; The Gigantic Turnip. They do a great job promoting activities in English and make me feel really welcome.
I also told this story to a group of 5 year olds in the village of Taradell today. They were fantastic and I had a lovely time finding out their favourite animals. A lot of the girls liked cats but top of the class were the pigs and cows. Well we were in the countryside! I hope you all had a great English Day and look forward to seeing you next year.
03 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
Explore Africa’s wildlife through the eyes of a southern African artist. This beautifully illustrated picture book is filled with colorful watercolors, weaving tribal patterns into the forms of African animals. A glossary at the end provides facts about each of the illustrated animals.
Philippa-Alys Browne was born in Zimbabwe. I found this stunning picture on this gallery website. I just love the combination of colours.
10 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
On Saturday in Sant Pol, Monkey came and helped introduce the stories.
He was happy as he appeared in all of Saturday’s stories. He is soon to appear in his own play “Pirates for Tea” by LOOK OUT! Theatre Company.
Here is a link for more photos of Monkey and you can see how he was made. Monkey Puppet
I told the story of Handa’s Surprise. The children really enjoyed this story even those who knew it. Here is an animated video of the book.
I also read Walking through the Jungle and the children spotted all the animals hidden on the pages. Here is a sing along video.
Look forward to seeing you all again in April.
04 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
For my last two storytelling sessions at the library in Sant Pol in December and January the stories I have had a winter theme and a bear and animal hibernation theme. These are just perfect for snuggling up on the sofa on these cold winter days.
And it’s always nice to come home and snuggle up when you’ve been for a walk just like in “A Perfect Day For It” by Jan Fearnley. This was one of my sons favourites along with “Peace at Last” by Jill Murphy which has become a modern classic.
For this last one there are some great resources on the internet and I’ve just found these exquisite illustration on the website The Illustration Cupboard well worth a look for any fans of illustration.
17 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
I am delighted to add a new feature to my storytelling blog; “Illustrated book of the month” I love illustration and have started to build up a lovely collection which I would like to share. This first book is Counting Birds by Alice Melvin. I discovered Alice’s illustrations in an art exhibition in Edinburgh two summers ago.
Book description from Amazon
Young readers will delight in recognising the subjects of this charming story, that leads us through a spring day deep in the countryside, from dawn to dusk. The day begins with a solitary cockerel’s crow and the sunlight falling on two lovebirds in a cage and three china ducks on a wall. Swans, swallows, peacocks, geese and starlings, each lovingly portrayed in Melvin’s signature style, are among the many familiar birds that populate the pages. Intricately worked illustrations combine with a charming text, making this an ideal book to read aloud with children learning to count.
I’m storytelling in Sant Pol on Saturday, so look forward to seeing you there for some festive storytelling fun and watch out for next month’s illustrated book!