First day at school spurs writer
First-time children’s author Adrienne ‘ Bud’ Christensen is passionate about parents reading to children.
Reading time with children was precious sharing and communication time, she said.
‘‘I encourage every parent to never stop reading to their children. Reading develops relationship, talking and learning-to-listen skills.’’
The former deputy principal at Newbury School has written picture book Good Golly Miss Polly, It’s My First Day At School to endorse that.
‘‘Having read many thousands of books with children over the years, I hadn’t come across a book that warmly introduces young readers to the wonderful world of primary school and helps them acclimatise to the school environment.’’
A colourful and rhythmic read, her book preparing pre-schoolers for the next big adventure in their lives is aimed at filling that void.
‘‘I love rhythm and rhyme. My writing has been influenced by the hands-on teaching experiences I have shared with the many beautiful children who have touched my life, particularly at Newbury School. That’s where I got my inspiration from, and I must say I enjoyed the writing experience very much.’’
A rhyme that underpins the book is: ‘‘Read, read, read/ The more you read/ The more you know/ The more you know/ The more you’ll grow’’.
While her extensive teaching experiences have shaped the book’s narrative, Polly, the central character is modelled on a real person - her niece, Grace Christensen, who enjoyed her first day at the city’s College Street Normal School.
Her grandchildren, Juliette and Louis Macquethad also enjoyed Good Golly Miss Polly being shared with them.
‘‘What worked for my grandchildren hopefully will work for other kids.’’
Copies of the 200 limited edition print run have been sold through Heartland Lions as a fundraiser to assist Riding For The Disabled.
RDA’s Margaret Bowler said the Feilding-based charity catered for 60 riders every week during the school term.
Riding helped to strengthen limbs, improve posture and balance, develop self confidence and also helped with socialisation.
The donated moneywould be put towards buying a sixth horse, Bowler said.
Juliette and Louis Macquet enjoy story time with their nan, Adrienne ‘Bud’ Christensen.