Book duo are in­spi­ra­tion to pupils

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

AN au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor vis­ited a school to in­spire a younger gen­er­a­tion.

Writer Ge­off Bird and artist Rowan Hoban spent some time with chil­dren at Bollinbrook pri­mary school talk­ing about their chil­dren’s book Two Parts Mis­chief.

The book tells the story of Stan and aims to in­tro­duce the is­sue of de­pres­sion.

The visit, which was part of World Book Day, in­spired the pupils to cre­ate their own sto­ries, im­ages and mu­sic.

Ge­off, who lives on Jor­dan­gate in the town cen­tre, said: “While you’re writ­ing a book like Two Parts Mis­chief you’re very pro­tec­tive of the story and char­ac­ters in it, but once it’s out in the world it’s won­der­ful to see what peo­ple make of it them­selves.

“The chil­dren did an amaz­ing job of mak­ing young Stan and his ad­ven­tures their own, cre­at­ing new mu­sic, im­ages and sto­ry­lines that are ab­so­lutely de­light­ful.

“They worked hard through­out the week and the re­sults re­ally are amaz­ing. I’m in­spired by them and I hope they’re in­spired to con­tinue be­ing so won­der­fully cre­ative.

“The teach­ers too have been fan­tas­ti­cally en­gaged by the idea of us­ing the book across the week, and their com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm is fan­tas­tic to wit­ness.

“Rowan and I are both ex­tremely grate­ful for their hard work.”

Rowan, who lives in Mac­cles­field, said: “The chil­dren have done some amaz­ing work, and as an il­lus­tra­tor I’m re­ally ex­cited and moved by some of the vis­ual im­ages they have dreamed up dur­ing the week.

“It was a real priv­i­lege to go in to some of the class­rooms and work with the chil­dren di­rectly.”

Jen­nifer Chad­wick, year one teacher, said: “The chil­dren loved it and were very in­spired, which showed in the work that they pro­duced.”

●● Ge­off Bird and teacher Jen­nifer Chad­wick with year four pupils Levi Banks, Spencer Bax­terWhite, Ab­bie humphreys, Al­fie Beal, Joey Frod­sham and Char­lotte Stur­ley

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