ALTON CONVENT SCHOOL
There were so many entries for the colouring competition, and they were all so incredibly good in many different ways it was a tough one to judge so my daughter Amy came to my rescue. Special mentions go to the following: Aerin for beautiful neat colouring; Daisy for her use of glitter; Imogen for her beautiful border; Joanna for her fluffy bobble on the snail’s eye; Charlotte and Harry for their beautiful use of colours; Sophie for her very original and unique design; Olivia for her great colouring of the snail’s shell and for her beautiful presentation; Nina for her gorgeously bright picture and Isabella for her abstract design (Amy’s words not mine) of the title.
And so, with many, many congratulations, 2nd prize is awarded to India for her beautiful colouring, with 1st prize going to Eshana. We thought Eshana’s colouring was fabulous, highly creative and absolutely stunning, with a clever twist. Well done Eshana, India and everyone who took part!
Hello to Wooteys. A copy of Snails Don’t Burp! and Snail Park are being delivered to Mrs. Page in the Library this afternoon. Please let me know what you think of the story lines, the Supersonic Rock Scruncher in Snails Don’t Burp! and if anyone likes the character of Laura Crust in Snail Park. Do you like her name? And what about Bill Bracket? Will he ever fall out of love with Amy?
I’m looking forward to picking up your colouring competition entries next week and to announcing the winners in time for Christmas.
ROPLEY VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FAYRE
Congratulations to 9-year old Phoebe! You came 1st in the colouring competition and have won a real live snail. I know you are out and about finding a suitable tank and will take delivery of your snail this week. Well done for your pretty colouring! Let me know what name you give your snail because we are trying to keep a family tree.
Sorry to the girls from Perins. I know you desperately wanted a snail – maybe next year? Amy says Hi to Emily. ‘Keep on diving! I might be back at swimming one day!’
It is with some amusement I have to report that our snails have not yet gone into hibernation. The cold snap has not sent them burying down into the dark, dark peat just yet, but I suspect it is only a matter of hours! Snails are very sensitive to temperature change and I can only think that they are very hungry after their recent school trips. They are tucking into cabbage leaves as I write this blog, so I guess they could be getting ready for their big sleep or just waiting until the snow arrives …
FOLLOW OUR TRAIL ……
If anyone wants to come and say hello to us we’d love to see you this weekend. We can be found in the Village Hall of Selborne at its Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. We take a quick ‘dip out’ of it to go to Waterstone’s in Alton from 12.00 midday on the Saturday, just for an hour or two. We’ll be in store with some of our little authors from Selborne Primary School, promoting the very special book, The Secret Scroll! If the snails are still awake they’ll be with us in Selborne. Come and wish them a good and long hibernation if you’re passing.
Christmas orders for Snail Trail, Snails Don’t Burp!, Snail Park and The Secret Scroll are available up until 24th December and can be delivered to anyone free of charge within five miles of Newton Valence. Just go to the website and look under Book Shop to place your order. Alternatively visit Waterstone’s in Alton or pick up the ‘phone and call me direct on (01420) 587351.
A pink snail, Gary from Spongebob Squarepants, is also available, price £4.99 and is a common purchase with our first book Snail Trail.
The madaboutsnailbook series is aimed at 5-11 year olds with shortish chapters for bed-time reading and language suitable for primary school children. The series has been recommended for the shared reading scheme in primary schools and is a popular choice in libraries and bookshops.
Sarah is a member of The Society of Authors, NAWE (the National Association of Writers in Education) and has a profile on ContactAnAuthor.co.uk. She is currently working on a programme of workshops for primary school children for 2010 to address the problems children experience with writing.