This week is National Storytelling Week and we would like to know what your favourite story is and why? Ask your parents what their favourite childhood book is and get them to post a comment about it too.
Mr Prosser’s favourite childhood book (series) is A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Although as a child I was engrossed in Harry Potter, and for each release (after the third) I queued at 6am on the release days, this series of thirteen books had me hooked from day one. I loved how the author didn’t just tell a story; he created fantastic characters that portrayed their personalities at the perfect moments; he had pages of humour – places other authors dare not go. The way things would be repeated or a page would just be black print. Furthermore, the character of Count Olaf (played by Jim Carrey in the film adaptation) was one who re-appeared throughout the books; you knew it was him, as did the children, but the surrounding adults were unaware – kind of like a pantomime. As there are thirteen books, it is hard to choose a specific book as my favourite – particular mentions go out to number 2 – The Reptile Room and number 8 – The Hostile Hospital.
Only at this point, several years after reading them, have I only noticed that each book of the series is written using alliteration… Interesting.
Mrs Chisholm’s favourite childhood book is Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. This is a story about three children who live by an enchanted wood and in the wood is the Faraway Tree – a huge tree inhabited by fairy-folk and its topmost branches lead to ever changing magical lands above the swirling clouds. Lands like the Land of Spells and the crazy Land of Topsy Turvy. My favourite character is Moon-Face because he has a slide in the middle of his house which lets you slide rapidly down to the bottom of the tree. I loved reading about each land, never knowing where they would go next and meeting exciting, unusual characters. Reading these adventures was like dreaming while you were awake.
Mrs Carter’s favourite book is one that she read to her own children and grandchildren. It’s title is ‘Little Beaver and the Echo’ by Amy MacDonald and there are some wonderful illustrations by Sarah Fox- Davies.
The story is about a little beaver who is feeling very lonely as he has no brothers, sisters or friends. One day he is crying at the edge of the pond and he hears someone else crying from across the pond. He says to himself ‘Who can that be crying. They sound so lonely and need a friend.’ So he gets in his boat to find out who it could be. Little Beaver does not find out who is crying, but on his travels he meets up with a duck, an otter and a turtle he asked them if they new who was crying on the edge of the pond as they sound so alone and need a friend like Little Beaver does.They do not know who is crying but all say that they will be Little Beavers friend. At the end of the story he shouts “Hooray! I have Lots of friends now.” and a voice from across the pond replies “Hooray! I have lots of friends now.”
There are a few exciting books coming out this year, have a look at the link. Good Reads 2016
Thasnim’s evidence of her reading…