Illustration of Dame Catherine Tizard by Sarah Laing from
Go Girl: A Story of Epic NZ Women, Barbara Else, Penguin Books, 2018
Barbara Else reads the piece ‘Dame Catherine Tizard: Governor-General’
(I loved listening to this! I found it so inspiring!)
Barbara Else has always loved books and stories. Reading and writing are her favourite activities. She also loves reading aloud from the books she’s written. Except for one time when she read a story about a lost cat to a class of five year olds. One little girl’s eyes brimmed so much with tears that Barbara rushed to the end of the story in case the tears spilled out and caused a flood.
Penguin Books page
I love this book. You will find many astonishing NZ women in here. Young girls who weren’t afraid to speak out, who blazed trails, and who have done extraordinary things. The book celebrates these wonderful women but it also invites girls to GO for it.
There are also books celebrating boys who have grown into extraordinary men who aren’t afraid to speak out, who have blazed trails, and who have done extraordinary things. These books celebrate wonderful men but also invite boys to GO for it.
To this I would add ordinary people in our lives who are epic. Friends and family who are everyday heroes, who show incredible kindness, daring, courage, patience, understanding, generosity, love.
Your challenge: Barbara and I invite you to share some thing about an epic person, a hero in the news or in your life now.
You could write a poem, a letter, a story, draw a picture, do a painting or collage, do a comic strip or make a little video or audio.
send to firstname.lastname@example.org
please include your name age and name of school
don’t forget to put HERO challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it
don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)
There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children. I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.
You can also try:
Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library
Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person
Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble
My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem
My thank our supermarket workers challenge
Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge
Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge
Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge
Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge
Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges
Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges