Ming Kee makes Mischief in Singapore!

February 2, 2016 at 5:30 am | Posted in Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Singapore schools | Leave a comment
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Watch out Singapore! Ming Kee Monkey is in town! Yesterday she visited the fabulous kids of Canadian International School, Tanjong Katong campus, and caused HAVOC in the primary library with the Grade 3s to Grade 6s! Many thanks to my lovely friend and librarian Nadine Bailey and her staff for putting up with Ming Kee’s antics and being such gracious hosts!

Ming Kee Monkey swings into GSIS and ICHKHLY!

January 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Hong Kong Schools, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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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!)


A Ming Kee Monkey day at ISF Academy!

January 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm | Posted in Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Hong Kong Schools, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ming Kee Monkey and I had SO much fun meeting the fabulous Grade 1s, 2s and 3s at ISF Academy in Pok Fu Lam today! After four big story reading sessions, where the kids learned all about the extraordinary wild life of Yunnan Province, the amazing true story of Xuanzang the 7th Century Buddhist explorer and the fun folk story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King – all the while enjoying my new story about mischievous Ming Kee Monkey – the kids made a mad dash to look at the rest of my books! Big thanks to the lovely Ada Lee, primary librarian, and Karen Ip, head librarian, for inviting me in and hosting me to a wonderful day!

Ming Kee Monkey swings into Kennedy School in Hong Kong!

January 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Book launches, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Hong Kong Schools, Kennedy School, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ming Kee Monkey had her very first outing today at Kennedy School in Pok Fu Lam! It was the very first time that I read her story to anyone, anywhere, and it was such fun to introduce her to her new fans! Special thanks to Head of English Jeff Moore for being such a fabulous host, and to all the kids and teachers of Grades 3 to 6 for being such a great audience! And a big hello to the scrumptious kids of Grades 1 to 2 who met my cheeky Pin Yin Panda early in the morning! Photos to come!

A fun video clip from Discovery College!

December 13, 2015 at 10:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Huge thanks to my lovely librarian friend Leanne Sercombe for this fun video clip taken while I was reading The Tale of Chester Choi to the scrumptious Grade Ones at Discovery College on December the 4th at their fabulous Arts Festival!

Two Funny and Fabulous Days at American International School Guangzhou!

September 24, 2015 at 8:20 am | Posted in AISGZ, Guangzhou schools | 3 Comments
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Well, it had to happen! Rodney Ram finally visited AISGZ, famously known as the School of the Ram, in Guangzhou, The City of Rams!! I had two great days there this week, packed with so much fun! It all started with the welcome assembly, when Elementary School Principal Gary MacPhie made a surprise visit playing The Skye Boat Song on his bagpipes – in reference to the years I spent playing the bagpipes when I was young! The whole school then heard my Tale of Rodney Ram, and we talked all about the famous Legend of the Five Rams of Guangzhou, and how rice came to China. Then we had story readings for the younger kids on the Tuesday, and How to Write a Riveting Story Workshops for the older kids on the Wednesday, with lots of fun book-signing and even a lunch with the gorgeous Grade 5 Library Monitors on Wednesday! Phew! It was busy, and I wouldn’t have missed a minute! Special thanks to my host the lovely Julie Dotterer, ES Librarian, and her lovely staff who looked after me so well!


Woolly Sheep and Writing Workshops at ISS!

February 10, 2015 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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ISS library staff

Today I had a fabulous time with the teachers and kids of International School of Singapore, introducing the Grade 1 to 3s  to my very good-looking Rodney Ram and sharing all the rules of How to Write Riveting Stories with the Grade 4s and 5s! We had a lot of fun! Huge thanks to the Alliterative Librarian, aka Head of Libraries Graham Grant (centre), the lovely Elementary Librarian Susan Grant (left) and Literacy Co-ordinator (and fellow Tasmanian) Kate Bond (right) for being such warm and welcoming hosts!


Kennedy School meets a very Dark Horse!

February 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Schools | Leave a comment
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The Dark Horse and I galloped into Kennedy School today in Pok Fu Lam for a fun day of story readings with the Grade 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s! Here are some photos! Many thanks to the lovely Cath George and Cheryl Bloomfield who invited me in, and a big HARUMPH! to all you Kennedy Kids!! Make sure you enter my Horse Poem Competition, on the Clever Competitions page here on my blog!

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