Chil­dren help to bring story to life

Au­thor’s sack se­crets are full of char­ac­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Holiday Fun - By Laerke Chris­tensen

The story of an an­gry goose was brought to life at Water­stones, Ash­ford, on Fri­day when au­thor Karen Stan­ley paid a visit.

The writer vis­ited the book­shop in the County Square shop­ping cen­tre for an in­ter­ac­tive sto­ry­time event based on her new chil­dren’s poem, A Wild Goose Chase, and new book My Great Granny Moo.

Chil­dren made fin­ger pup­pets and pulled char­ac­ters from the poem out of a “story sack”.

Mrs Stan­ley said: “You fill the sack with lit­tle bits from the story, like char­ac­ters. Chil­dren pull things out from the sack.”

The 47-year-old au­thor, from Whit­stable, said she was ner­vous about the event but it ex­ceeded her ex­pec­ta­tions.

She said: “At least 15 kids were there in a lit­tle cor­ner. It was ab­so­lutely bril­liant. They loved mak­ing the pup­pets. I was re­ally quite chuffed.”

Mrs Stan­ley hopes to build on the Ash­ford suc­cess and visit other book­stores soon.

Water­stones is host­ing an­other event on Satur­day, May 13, when Philippa W. Joyner, au­thor of the Anouka Chron­i­cles, will be vis­it­ing from 11am.


Poppy Bond, three, se­lects some­thing from the story bag Pic­tures: Matt Bris­tow


Ruby Davis, four, helps au­thor Karen Stan­ley tell the story dur­ing her visit to Water­stones

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