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!!!

12th April, 2014

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The Gigantic Turnip in Santa Coloma and Taradell

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.

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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.

Walking through the Jungle in Sant Pol de Mar.

On Saturday in Sant Pol, Monkey came and helped introduce the stories.

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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.

Winter heart-warming stories

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.

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Shall-I-Knit-Mother I just love this colours in this book and it makes you want to get your knitting out.

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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.

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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.

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0853db64-ddaa-4298-915e-f94943b5f365And my hibernation story; well it came from an advert. I showed my children the advert that had everyone talking in England over Christmas. The bear and the hare. Enjoy!

 

Illustrated book of the month

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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.

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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.

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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!

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