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.


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?

Who's Afraid of The Big Bad Book

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


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

Who's afraid

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!



In the library February 2013 – Chinese New Year

In the library yesterday afternoon I told The Great Race; The Story of the Chinese Zodiac.


We also talked about Chinese New Year and sung Gung Hay Fat Choy

Chinese New Year is the most important of all the traditional Chinese holidays and is celebrated in many countries around the world.

The Chinese New Year festivities in London are the largest outside Asia and include a parade, a lion dance, food and craft stalls, live performances and a fireworks display.


Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid February.

Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

2013 is the year of the snake.

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After the storytelling we made some posters

The year of the cockerel 2005 by GuillemnThe year of the horse 2002 by PedroThe year of the pig 2007 by PolThe year of the sheep 2003 by YaserThe year of the horse 2002 by RocioThe year of the cockerel 1969 by Elliot for his MumThe year of the sheep 2003 by CeliaThe year of the monkey 2007 by SamuelThe year of the pig by Pablo

and did some colouring.

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See you next time!

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog . . . From kings and queens to aliens and ghosts, there’s something for everyone in Charlie’s amazing book!

Entertaining, original and it is the book we read yesterday in the library in Sant Pol de Mar. Afterwards we did some work about our favourite  books and stories and here are the results.

Top Three Favourite  Stories in Sant Pol Story Time.

Number Three: Tina Superbruixa

Number Two: Bat Pat

Number One: Geronimo Stilton

Click on the titles to go to their web pages. The Geronimo Stilton one is in English and has some great activities.

Other favourite stories were St George and the Dragon, Puss in Boots and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Click on these stories and you can listen to an audio version at the Storynory website. A great web to learn English through stories.

Let me know your favourite stories!

The Gigantic Turnip

Lazy Jack

Jack was probably the laziest person in the whole world,…

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

For the January storytelling session in the library I told the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I used the version by Rachel Isadora which is a simple retelling of the Brothers  Grimm fairy tale with the location changed to Africa.

The illustrations in this book are described here by Rebecca Zerkin for the New York Times. ” Isadora uses ornate textiles as cultural symbols. Some dancers wear detailed, realistic renderings of African fabrics in a range of styles: yellow, blue and brown zigzags; delicate, interlocking purple diamonds; thin stripes in brown and black. Others wear bold gowns painted with thick, textured brushstrokes. Their radiant faces, often shown in perfect profile, have dramatic skin tones, complicated striations of brown, yellow, orange or black. Isadora’s dynamic, crowded scenes, often mounted on simple white backgrounds, spill over the edges of each two-page spread.”

As part of the activity we also made some collages using wrapping paper. Here are the results.

Clapping in the Castle

We also sang a song by Nancy Stewart “Clapping in the Castle” click on the title above to go to her page and sing along.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

In November I told Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback to my group of children in the library in Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona.

As well as enjoying the great story and learning the names of all the different clothing, we had a great time dressing up and singing the traditional song with the help of Anna Ginesta.

After all the singing and storytelling the children illustrated the story. This picture is by Carla

This one by Max

This one by Elliot

This one by Yaser

And finally this one by Naüja

And here is an animated excerpt from the video based on the book. The DVD is produced by Weston Woods/Scholastic, narrated by Rob Reiner and has a score that features authentic klezmer music.



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