Rabbit rhymes and Bunny ballads are starting to hop in!

February 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello all you budding writers out there! Get your pencils sharpened and get hopping! Some fabulous poems are bouncing their way into my Rabbit Poem competition already! If you want to be part of the fun – and have the chance to have your entry published on my blog so kids can read it from as far away as London and Beijing and Singapore -or even win one of my signed books! –  you’d better get that poem in! All the rules are on my Clever Competitions page above!

A great afternoon at Parish Nursery School in Croydon!

February 8, 2011 at 8:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A big thank you to Stefania, Elaine and all the lovely staff and kids of Parish Nursery School in Croydon where I spent three happy hours on Monday afternoon! We all had a lot of fun, and luckily most of the kids liked dogs better than cats (you’ll need to read my latest book The Tale of Rhonda Rabbit to find out why!!) .

Thank you to the kids and staff at Valence and Godwin Primary Schools!

February 5, 2011 at 11:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Wow – that was such a great day! Rhonda Rabbit and I hopped along to two fabulous primary schools in Essex on Friday – Valence Primary School and Godwin Primary School – and met all the wonderful kids and their terrific teachers! There were some fantastic Chinese New Year displays in the halls and corridors, and we had so much fun talking about the Chinese Zodiac and the mighty Emperor Qin Shi Huang and his many wicked ways, not to mention the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warrriors, and that evil cat Alice! Thanks kids and teachers for a memorable day!

Here’s me with some lovely kids from Valence Primary School!

And me with Julie Phillips, head teacher at Godwin Primary School, with some Godwin bunnies!

Kung Hei Fat Choi – it’s officially The Year of the Rabbit!

February 3, 2011 at 2:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

 

Do you love delicious pork, duck, fruits and Chinese delicacies? Do you love getting gifts of money in little red envelopes? If so, Chinese New Year is the celebration for you! Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the New Moon (which this year happens to be today, 3rd February!) and ends 15 days later with the famous Lantern Festival. It’s a joyous time for families, and all the members of  a Chinese family will meet up to eat delicious Chinese food and catch up with the news and also honour their dead ancestors. Shops, houses and streets are decorated with wonderful glowing red Chinese lanterns, and laissee (or money) is given out in brilliant little red and gold laissee packets as a seasonal gift to children and the elderly! Dragon and Lion Dances abound, to scare off the evil spirits of the past and welcome in the New Chinese Year. And best of all, everyone says to each other Kung Hei Fat Choi! Which means…Happy Chinese New Year!

Congratulations to the winners of the Most Unusual Christmas Competition!

February 1, 2011 at 12:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

 

Congratulations to all those great writers who entered my Most Unusual Christmas Competition in the last month, but especially to Li Yan Wa of Grade 5, Canadian International School Hong Kong who won the 8 to 11 Years Age Group and Lucas Platter of Grade 2, Singapore American School who won the 5 to 7 Years category! Go to my Clever Competitions page to see their entries, as well as the three runners-up in each group!

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