Early one morning Mika sat looking up at the roof of her family’s enclosure. She felt the warmth of the sun on her face as it began to take the chill out of her fur. She clutched her blanket to herself as she sat down on the platform eating her breakfast.
She looked up again. She stared. There was a hole in the roof. Her heart beat fast. She swung from her platform, and climbed up the side of the enclosure to the hole. She poked at the hole. She squeezed through and was out.
At first she walked along the boardwalk. But it was too noisy. She tried swinging through the trees. But there were no ropes, and the trees were too far apart. Too tired to make a nest, she finally lay down on a branch and soaked up the sun. She fell fast asleep.
Splat. Splat. Splat. Cold rain landed at her face and woke her up. She could see the sun setting. She shivered. Her tummy growled loudly. Mika wished she was safely back in her enclosure with her mum, her blanket, and her dinner.
“Ooo. Ooo,” she cried softly. What was she going to do?
She asked the meerkats, but they just scampered away. She asked the tigers, but they just roared at her. She even tried the baboons, but they just hooted at her and showed her their bright red bottoms.
What you think? The rest of the story will follow in the next couple of weeks...
Recently I attended National Bookshop Day at my local bookshop. An excited crowd packed the small space, waiting for story reading time, and the opportunity to speak with local children’s book authors and illustrators. Chrissy’s Organic Food tempted our taste buds while we waited. A table was packed with the children’s books on offer by these local celebs. The fact that by the time story reading time came around and there was only about five children deterred no-one.
As the first author was introduced, an excited hush fell over the crowd as all, adults included, leaned forward to listen to the first author read her story to the children. I had looked at the book earlier and I liked the story. It was a very lovely, enjoyable story. I had met the author earlier and she was delightful.
How to bore children
During her presentation I did learn a few things if you want to lose the children’s interest:
When I mentioned these observations to a friend, she replied that, “Not everyone who can write can present the story well to a crowd of children.,” (or something to that effect).
The third presenter read a story out of a compilation of stories. Picking one she started to read. I learned further how to lose the children’s interest.
Why I did I skip from the first presenter and straight to the last? The second presenter did not bore the children.
Here’s is what I learnt from the second presenter on how to read a story to children, and entertain them:
What about you? Have you got any tips to share about reading stories to entertain children?
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