4th July 2013
“Are you sitting comfortably?” 168 voices shouted
“Yes”. “Then I’ll begin!”
I’m a Governor of Park Hill Junior School but have a long association with Park Hill Infants School and knew the latter would love Ollie the Dreamer. The Head Teacher asked if I would read it to Years 1 and 2 after Assembly. Hence my very young audience aged 6 and 7 and a lifetime’s ambition realised when I asked my audience “Are you sitting comfortably”!
The children loved it and joined in as I read the book, showed the illustrations and asked questions to check that they were following the story. “How many legs has an octopus?”. Importantly, it had held their attention. The book was aimed at them and hit its target. Afterwards, the Head Teacher said “Thank you for that” I could hear the children laughing from my office”.
The school has more than 250 children who have more than 50 1st languages. It says a lot for the writing that they understood the humour and for the artist that they appreciated the drawings.
Finally, may I add that during the recent spell of very hot weather, I was so glad that I didn’t sleep under a duvet made out of chocolate with a marshmallow centre!
Park Hill Schools Association