We had a lively Tea Party in the library, to celebrate the end of the school year, and to say "Goodbye" to some of our school friends and staff. A lot of cake was eaten, and good conversations were had. We even played Charades!
On Wednesday 26th February, as part of the Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition, the best-selling author Cliff McNish visited school. Cliff lead writing workshops to inspire some very lucky Year 4 and 5 children. Let's hope that we have some excellent short stories to enter into the borough-wide competition!
There are still a few copies of two of Cliff’s most popular books for sale, at the much-reduced price of £5, If your child would like to buy one, and have it personally signed and dedicated by Cliff, see Sue in the library..
The books are:
‘The Silver Child’ and ‘The Doomspell’ (which has been translated into 26 languages, and is sold all over the world).
Blue Gate Fields Junior School
Author Event Monday 10th February – with Ross MacKenzie!
We are delighted to let you know that Year 5 and Year 6 will be attending an event in school with multi-award-winning children’s author, Ross MacKenzie!
They will have the opportunity to meet the author, ask questions, and buy signed and personally dedicated copies of his new book, EVERNIGHT.
Pre-Order Books for signing here: pgbb.co.uk/EVERNIGHT.
Deadline for pre-ordering is midnight 9 February.
You can also purchase books with cash or card on the day.
(Books are £7.99 each.)
We hope everyone has a wonderful and inspiring time!
With best wishes,
Pea Green Boat Books & Sue Dearie (BGFJ Librarian)
Ross MacKenzie, winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award and the Scottish Children’s Book Award, brings a new magical world...
Thousands of years ago, the Evernight came to the Silver Kingdom and turned everything to darkness and chaos. Through skill and bravery, it was defeated. But now the Evernight is about to return, released by the evil Mrs Hester, and the only thing that might stop
it is lost, deep below the great city of King's Haven.
Then orphan Larabelle Fox stumbles across a mysterious wooden box while treasure-hunting in the city's sewers. Little does she realise she is about to be catapulted into an adventure, facing wild magic and mortal danger - and a man who casts no shadow . . .
Ross MacKenzie has been writing stories since he was seven years old, when he created an illustrated short story about a hungry crocodile named Crunchy Colin in a smuggled school jotter. His novel The Nowhere Emporium won the Blue Peter Best Story Award and the Scottish Children’s Book Award. He now splits his time between writing, his day job as a graphic designer and his wife, daughters and, with whom he lives near Glasgow.
We kicked off our Storytelling Week in Grand Style today with a visit from our favourite storyteller, Pat Ryan! Everybody always enjoys hearing Pat's retelling of tales from around the world, and his insights to their origins. With a remit to link stories to the children's learning, each year group had a specially customised performance.
Year 3 heard tales associated with Ancient Rome and the Celts:
First, the legend of the 33 Wild Women (daughters of the Emperor of Rome), banished to the foggy isle of Britain with their leader Alba, and the giants Gog & Magog. Also, a Celtic tale that reminded us of Cinderella, Cap o’ Rushes.
Year 4 were the perfect audience for stories from the Vikings, such as how Dumbling rescues the 3 princesses of Lochland from the 3 Giants, with the help of Big Mouth, Big Belly & Big Ears! Another adventurous tale told of how Freya rescued her cow Bookala from the Trollwife & the Troll Children.
Year 5 are studying Ancient Egypt, so Pat retold Rhodopis, an early version of Cinderella. Also, stories from Ethiopia and Somalia, which are situated in areas that would have been part of that empire. Omar and the Hyenas reminded us of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and the short story of the clever Fisherman and the Genie is a version of a tale told worldwide.
Year 6 listened to a magical old Irish legend of Jack & his Black Stallion, who rescue the Princess of Leinster from the King of Ulster, and a tall tale from Asia of The Cobblestone Maker who always wishes to be something more powerful, and ends up coming full circle.
The power of stories is in the retelling, so pass them on!
Find a bestseller, a bargain, a 'Good Read', or perhaps all 3-in-1 at the Book Fair! Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th December.
Sue met R. J. Palacio, the author of the world-wide, best-selling book, 'Wonder'. Her new book is a graphic novel, set in France during World War 2. It is a beautiful book; moving and inspiring. We now have a copy of this wonderful book in the library, signed by R. J. Palacio, who tells us to let our own lights shine in the world.
The Year 5 Royal Society Group gave an interesting and entertaining assembly, in which they explained what they had been doing, and how hard they had been working. The Royal Society is an ancient scientific institution, which has an annual award for the best book written for young people about science. Over 10,600 young people, from all over the UK, took part. Six books were shortlisted for this year's prize, and the group had to read and discuss all of them. They then voted for their favourite book. The overall winner was 'Planetarium' by Raman Prinja and Chris Wormell. However, our group preferred 'Kid Scientists' by David Stabler and Anoosha Syed.
Watch the video to find out more, and go to the library to find the actual books!