A funny and fabulous day at Rose Bay Public School!

August 20, 2019 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Australian schools, Poetry Workshops for kids, Rose Bay Public School, Story Readings, Sydney schools, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Today I visited wonderful Rose Bay Public School, where I worked with all the classes from Kindy to Year 6!

The Kindies and Years 1 and 2 heard me read my story Storm Whale, and saw all of Jane Tanner’s beautiful illustrations up on the screen. We shared some fascinating facts about sperm whales, and how we can help them to survive.  Then I introduced them to my Chinese Calendar Tales and the characters of the Chinese Zodiac! They were very surprised to learn that Captain Cook was born in the Year of the Rat, and Winnie the Pooh was born in the Year of the Tiger!

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Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 heard me read my latest Chinese Calendar Tale, The Tale of Ping Pong Pig – and had a lot of fun filling in the missing words! Congratulations to the Bandicoot Team in Years 5 and 6 which narrowly defeated the Echidna Team in filling in the blanks! I hope that this afternoon has inspired you all to have a go at writing your own rhyming verse…I have a feeling that you will be rather good at it!

And, of course, I hope that you’re all going to enter my next Clever Competition for kids which will be announced on this blog on the 1st of September!

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Huge thanks to lovely librarian Sarah Skelton (above right) and her fabulous assistant Gill Davidson for hosting me today! I wonder if you can guess what year of the Chinese Zodiac we were each born in?

Prize-giving at Arden Anglican School, Beecroft

August 19, 2019 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Arden Anglican School, Beecroft, Australian schools, Awards, Sydney schools | Leave a comment
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This morning I also visited Arden Anglican School in Beecroft where I met all the Grade 1s to Grade 3s in chapel, and presented a Boxed Set of the Chinese Calendar Tales to First Prize winner Saskia in the Practically Perfect Pig Tale Story Competition, Grade 1 to 3 Category! Isn’t she a clever girl! I also presented The Tale of Sybil Snake to Second Place winner Alisha (who sadly was home sick today, so her best friend received it on her behalf) and The Dark Horse Activity Book to young Muyao Zhang, who placed fourth! I look forward to receiving lots more entries from Arden Anglican School in my future competitions! You can see me below, with my pig Ping Pong and Saskia (left), and Muyao (right).

Hellooo Book Week in Sydney!

August 19, 2019 at 7:51 am | Posted in Australian schools, Book Week, Melbourne events, Sydney schools | Leave a comment
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Helloooo beautiful Sydney at the start of Australia’s Book Week! I’m busy visiting schools in Sydney and meeting my friends in Melbourne at the Asia Society – what fun! Keep visiting this page to keep up with all the photos, schools and news!

Time’s Up! And the judging begins…

May 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Beijing Schools, Chicago schools, Clever Competitions, Hong Kong Schools, Melbourne schools, Shanghai schools, Sydney schools | Leave a comment
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Time’s up in my Practically Perfect Pig Tale Competition, and it’s time to start judging your fabulous entries! I’ve had over 50 magnificent entries from schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Melbourne, Sydney and Chicago – so it might take me a little bit of time!

So please be patient, all you clever writers out there, and Ping Pong Pig and I will be singing out the results as soon as we can!

A Fabulous Finale at The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft!

February 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Bookshop event, Sydney schools | 2 Comments
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Today was the final day of my Aussie Chinese New Year tour, and what a fun day it was, with a fabulous event at the famous Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft, north of Sydney. Many thanks to owner Paul MacDonald (above) and his partner Beth and fantastic team for hosting me!  Proceeds from the event went to Room to Read.

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Jennie Orchard (in black), Mihira and young Justine – all proud to represent Room to Read. Justine’s ambition is to be an author, and she’s already keeping a writer’s notebook.

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Some of the fabulous audience.

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Talented writer and artist Jemma Julian (first place winner in the Gr 4 to 6 Section of my Ode to My Favourite Tree competition) with her mum, artist Diana Reynolds. Jemma’s grandmother was a famous author in Tasmania, and her great uncle was the great historian of Australian indigenous people, Henry Reynolds! So creative talent runs in the family!

A Ram-bunctious Morning at Cranbrook Junior School!

February 26, 2015 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Chinese New Year, School visits, Sydney schools | 2 Comments
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A huge thank you to teacher librarian Megan Light and library technician Liz de Wit for hosting me at Cranbrook Junior today. The boys from Grade 3 to 6 met my shy but artistic Rodney Ram in two fun story-telling sessions jam-packed with Chinese history and folklore, and even explored their romantic sides! It was so much fun, and I had a ball! Thank you all for your lovely warm welcome, and make sure you enter my Clever Competition right away! Also, do remember to take a look at http://www.roomtoread.org for more information about this very important children’s charity. Here I am with the boys, working out their signs of the zodiac, and pretending to be the farmer in Rodney Ram’s story!

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