Archive for December, 2009

Stripy Ho-Ho Horse!

Merry Christmas from Stripy Horse and see you all again in 2010!

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Stratford Splatty Sing-along

A marvellous crowd of kids and grown-ups braved the wintry weather and came along to our workshop at the Discover Centre in Stratford last Saturday. After a splatty story-time, everyone joined in the Monster Tomato growing song and Karen drew some of the children as their favourite fruit and veg. Meet Mr Aaron Carrot…

Discover Centre Stratford

The Discover Centre is an amazing place with masses of fabulous, interactive activities for all the family – we came away with our imaginations as fired up as the children. Do visit if you get a chance over the Christmas holidays!

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Molto Bene, Stripy Horse!

Following a similar event in London a few months ago, the Stripy Horse picture books were chosen as the theme for a series of children’s bag drawing workshops in Milan. The events were organised by Coccinelle in aid of the Italian children’s charity Magica Cleme

Here’s Karen outside the shop…

coccinelle shop

And then with some of the kids polishing up their artistic skills inside…

Coccinelle workshop

Judging by the quality of the final bag designs she had better watch out…

Coccinelle workshop

We had an amazing time, so a BIG BIG thanks to everyone involved!

As well as finding out just how good the pastries are in Milan we also learnt that the Italian for sausage dog is ‘Bassotto’. Here’s a bassotto that came along to one of the workshops – he wasn’t quite as long as Hermann, but he was very smartly dressed…

sausage dog

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Student Teachers Can Sing!

We talked to a lecture hall full of student teachers in Birmingham the other week. Here we are looking surprised in front of some bookshelves at the event’s roving bookshop.

Writeaway Birmingham

It was a great trip organised by Nikki Gamble of Write Away to help introduce new teachers to the wonders and possibilities of picture books. Thanks to everyone for making us so welcome and for the pink and yellow cakes. Despite Jim’s dodgy ukulele playing, by the end of the day everyone had the ‘Grow, Grow, Grow Monster Tomato!’ song firmly lodged in their heads. Success!

You can find out more information about Write Away and Nikki’s amazing work here. There’s also a great teaching guide for the first 2 Stripy Horse books with outlines for movement and writing lessons here.

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