I am back home after my visit to the most darling country school near Gisborne. I loved the way the teachers joined in all the workshops and helped the children find their poetry paths. Thank you so very much. You were all amazing. Inspiring people to be around.
I visited the Y0/1 class (kowhai) for just thirty minutes (they were in the long session with the whole school in the hall though and lasted so beautifully).
We made up two poems together. I especially love the cat poem. All the words came from the children. I love this poem so much I thought up a really cool challenge for it. See below for details.
Orange like mandarin skin,
my cat purrs
and plays with silvery
wool like pillows.
in a beanbag
and in a wood box
and on the rainbow couch.
But her favourite place
is a knitted basket.
I thought it would be very cool to post it again with some illustrations by children. You will need to scan and send your drawing to me (not as a PDF please but a jpeg).
I will post my favourites with the poem and have a copy of The Letterbox Cat for one child. See below for deadline and details.
Deadline: Wednesday 4th November ( I will post on 5th November)
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org Put cat drawing in subject line. Include your name, age, year and name of school. You can include your teacher’s email.