Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has had a great storytelling year. I’m am coming to the end of another school term and it’s time, over here in Spain, to wish everyone Happy Holidays!!!!

Here are some drawings that the children did from my last session in Sant Pol de Mar library. They were inspired by the stories I told; “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and “That Pesky Rat” by Lauren Child.

I said it was going to be a competition but they are all so good I can’t decide on a winner. So here they are in alphabetical order! B for butterfly, C for caterpillar, M for monkey, P for penguin, R for red bird and Z for zebra!butterfly 1

 

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Both stories are my favourites. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is so great for teaching English and should be on every parent and teacher’s bookshelf.

As well as loving the illustrations and sentiment of “That Pesky Rat” I had a very special reason for telling that story as we have recently become the proud owners of Elsa a beautiful dog that we have adopted from an animal shelter.

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Have a great summer and remember to keep reading and storytelling!

Serena xxx

 

A storytelling fish in Sant Pol de Mar

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A storytelling fish came to Sant Pol to tell the stories of two fish both called Tiddler.

Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway.

“Tiddler was always fidgeting. He wriggled and squiggled, until his mum told him to go out and swim till he was tired. So Tiddler swam out into the deep sea, where he met limpets and jellyfish, he went further till he reached a big, dark cave.”

The younger ones really enjoyed this story, I then told

Tiddler, The storytelling fish by Julia Donaldson.

This was a little more difficult for my second language learners but enjoyable all the same especially the great illustrations by Axel Scheffler. Here it is on youtube.

Afterwards the big ones where inspired by Giles Andreae’s book Commotion in the Ocean.

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And they wrote some lines about Dolphins

Dolphins are blue.

They swim in the sea.

They are beautiful animals.

Dolphins are very pretty.

Dolphins are mammals.

They are wonderful.

Thank you Sant Pol de Mar for a great storytelling and see you for our last session in May.

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Two fishy tales, not to be be missed!!!

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The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters

In May Elvis the postman puppet came to introduce the story in the library at Sant Pol de Mar.

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He said hello and listened while everyone introduced themselves.

Copia de storytelling may 2013 (10)We then had fun telling the story of The Jolly Postman and reading all the letter inside the book.

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We then had a creative time designing new stamps!

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The older children wrote their own letter to a fairytale character. We also had a chance to look at Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Book?

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I love the illustrations in this book but due to the amount of text it’s difficult for young English language learners.

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However the children enjoyed spotting the different fairy tale characters and remembering their names in English!

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I’ll be back in Sant Pol in July with some sessions on the terrace in the meantime I’ll be in storytelling in schools in Argentona, Mollet de Valles, Sant Fost de Campsentelles and Barcelona. And also in a new library in Santa Coloma. Watch this space!

 

The Sun and the Wind and Winter King Summer Queen

In April we had a look at two stories about the weather.

The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind.

It’s an Aesop’s Fable retold by Heather Forest. It is my favourite Aesop Fable and one I remember from being told as a child.

Heather Forest is a storyteller and author and you can find her website Story Arts here. It has some great resources and I would highly recommend it to everyone interested in storytelling.

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It is illustrated by Susan Gaber and you can find her website here and some more of here illustrations from this book below.

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I also told the story Winter King and Summer Queen by Mary Lister. This is a beautifully illustrated book by Diana Mayo and published by Barefoot Books. 

There are some great character names including Philippa Freezo, Danny Drizzle, Callum Cloud and there’s also a Serena Sky! Here are some more  illustrations from the book.

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We then did some weather related worksheets.

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The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!

If you wanted to hear the “true story” of The 3 Little Pigs you should have been in the library in Sant Pol de Mar on Saturday. If you were not, you may never know that it involved a sneeze and a cup of sugar.

There are many sides to a story and these two pictures books are wonderful re-workings of The Three Little Pigs;

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After all the storytelling we had fun debating the all the facts.

Then we did some great writing and drawing! Well done everyone.

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Let the wild rumpus start!

My story session at the library in January was inspired by the demons that appear in the nativity story here in Spain. I’m sure that other English people living here also find these extraneous characters especially if you have made a fancy dress costume for your child to wear during the festive season but that is what is so great about different cultures.

So inspired by Spanish demons, I chose for the younger children, in my view the best monster books ever written in English; The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

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We roared, learned the word for claws and chanted The Gruffalo song. Then we did some colouring and vocabulary.

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For the older children in the second group I told Rama and the Demon King; An Ancient Tale from India. I was so proud of my group who followed the story with such interest and really enjoyed the episodic tale of Rama, Sita and Lakshman who were banished to the forest for fourteen years, fought the demons and were tricked by Ravana, the ten-headed king of all the demons.

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The illustrations from Jessica Souhami are wonderful and this is the second book I own of hers the other being Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby which I told back in February 2012.

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I told the children about the Hindu festival Dussehra  that commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana marking the victory of good over evil.

Here is a photo of  an Indian artist who rests near his effigies of mythical demon King Ravana. The effigies are burnt on the Hindu festival Dussehra.

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Photo from Hürriyet Daily News taken by EPA/JAIPAL SINGH

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