Last chance to win a free set of books for you AND your school in our March Madness Minibus Photo Competition!March 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Minibus, Hong Kong Schools, Photo competitions | Leave a comment
Tags: Chinese Calendar Tales, March Madness Minibus Photo Competition
Yes, it’s the last day of March, and the deadline to sign up in our fabulous March Madness Minibus Photo Competition is midnight Hong Kong time today! So if you want to win a free set of my funny and fabulous Chinese Calendar Tales…PLUS a free set for your favourite primary school, go right away to http://www.chinesecalendartales.com to register right away in our competition!
Tags: Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese history, Poetry workshops
Warm thanks to Paul Conway and the English department team at CAC Tuen Mun for inviting me to a fun, fabulous day of story readings and a poetry workshop today! It was English Week, and it was wonderful to meet such a big bunch of enthusiastic local students, who listened so well to three of my Chinese Calendar Tales, and taught me some Chinese as well! I hope to see you all again some day!
Tags: Books about China for kids, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Shanghai history, The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster, The Year of the Rooster
Rickshaw Rooster is off and running in Hong Kong Schools! On Tuesday 17th January, he made a funny and fabulous visit to Kennedy School in Pok Fu Lam, where he met 900 primary school kids and their teachers!! Many thanks to Jeff Moore, Head of English, for being such a great host!
And today he raced into my nearest neighbours here in Tai Po at the wonderful Japanese International School, where we met all the Grade 3s to Grade 6s, with a fun story, much cockadoodling, and lots of luscious Chinese history thrown in! We had SO much fun! Thank you my dear friends Cath Wan and Cong Capati-Contreras, from the Library, for being my very warm and welcoming hosts!
Photos below from Japanese International School:
Tags: How to Write a Riveting Story, The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey
A big thank you to PYP Co-ordinator John Urquhart and librarian CK Tam at Think International School for hosting me today at their beautiful new Cheung Sha Wan campus, in three fun sessions! First all the Grade 4 to Grade 6 kids heard my Tale of Ming Kee Monkey – with LOTS of fabulous Q & A afterwards – then we had two workshop sessions, where everyone learned How to Write a Riveting Story! It was busy, and a lot of fun. I look forward to your entries in my next Clever Competition!
Tags: Chinese Calendar Tales, The Kellett School, The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey, The Year of the Monkey
Many thanks to Lisa Share, head of libraries at The Kellett School, for inviting me and my Chinese Zodiac animals to two fabulous days with the Kellett kids! On Monday I visited the Pok Fu Lam campus with my mischievous Ming Kee Monkey, where the lovely Natalie Fitton hosted me to a fun day of story readings in the library with Years 3 to 5!
Today I had another lovely day at the Kowloon Bay campus, hosted by my dear friend Beth McNeilly (below left with some fabulous Kellett Monkeys) in the library. We had fun story readings for Years 2 to 4, who all met my Ming Kee Monkey and heard the fabulous true life story of the famous Buddhist explorer Xuanzang and his Journey to the West, immortalised in the Legend of the Monkey King! And it was even more special for me to bring along my oldest friend Prue Kesby (below right) – we were in Grade One together, a long time ago!
Tags: children's literacy, Chinese Calendar Tales, Hong Kong Schools, The Tale of Rodney Ram
B-A-A-A-H! Rodney Ram and I would like to remind you that there are just 13 more days to cast YOUR vote for The Tale of Rodney Ram in the Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016! So if you love my shy, romantic, handsome sheep, or you love my books, or you just love lamb chops, and you are a Hong Kong school student or teacher or the parent of a Hong Kong school student, please go to http://www.hkgoldendragonawards.org/voting.html right away to cast your vote!
Tags: Hong Kong Schools, The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey, Writing Competitions for Kids, Writing workshops
Today I had the best day doing workshops with Upper Primary at Kingston International School in Kowloon Tong! The Grade 4s unscrambled limericks and identified haikus and completed the gaps in a horrifying poem called Let’s Destroy the School in my Introduction to Poetry Workshop! The Grade 5s and 6s learned all about How to Write a Riveting Story that will glue the reader’s nose to the page, and left with a fab Story Planning sheet to plan their next stories! And some of them even promised to use them to plan their entry into my current Clever Competition (see tab at the top of this page!). I can’t wait to read their entries! Huge thanks to the lovely Jennifer Shaw for hosting me today! Photos to come!
Tags: Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey, Year of the Monkey
A big THANK YOU to the fabulous staff and students of Grades 3 to 6 at Japanese International School in Tai Po for a fun day today! It was great to introduce you to my mischievous Ming Kee Monkey, not to mention some of the fascinating, rare animals of the Yunnan jungle like Binturongs, Gaurs, Civet Cats, Gibbons and Lorises named Doris! And then the Grade 5s and 6s and I met again for fun and games in my Introduction to Poetry Workshops! I was especially impressed with the talent they showed in completing our poem Let’s Destroy the School! I look forward to lots of entries in my Clever Competition – see the button above!
Tags: Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, GSIS, Hong Kong Schools, ICHKHLY, Story Readings, Year of the Monkey
Ming Kee Monkey and I have had a ball this week, in two fabulous Hong Kong schools! On Monday we were meant to be visiting Japanese International School, but the weather was SOOOO cold that the Hong Kong Education Board closed all the primary schools – so I’ll be seeing them again later in February!
On Tuesday we visited German Swiss International School at their Wanchai campus, and the feisty kids of Grades 3 to 6 met my mischievous Monkey in three fun story readings! Many thanks to my wonderful old friend Megan Lindsay for hosting me and for preparing such a fun welcome board (above)!
And then today I spent a very happy morning at International College of Hong Kong, Hong Lok Yuen, when the big kids met Ming Kee Monkey and the little kids met Pin Yin Panda. We had a lot of fun! Thanks to Deputy Principal Brett MacKenzie for inviting me! (Photos to come!)