I have a few close friends who are teachers, which means that occasionally I receive some reliable, usually humorous and always honest reviews of my stories from them when my stories have been used for carpet-time reading.
This week, my lovely friend ‘Mrs K’ sent me the following her Friday afternoon story time. This is from Primary One, in a school I will soon be visiting, and it really made me smile so I wanted to share it with you…
“I read The Unicorn in the Castle with my kids today and they burst into applause at the end! A rave review!!
“One kid yelled ‘I LOVE IT.'”
“Yay! That’s brilliant! I haven’t been anywhere yet to read it so that’s so nice to hear.”
“Well, I thought P1 might be a bit young but they’re a clever bunch so I thought I’d give it a go for a Friday and they just loved it. I wish I could have filmed their wee faces while I was reading it. I thought it would be nice for them to already know one of your stories before you come to read to them.
They don’t normally applaud at the end of a book, it was so funny!
I told them I would pass on the applause to the author.”
“Aw, that has cheered me right up!”
“Oh! They also laughed so much at the big where Alfie reads onion instead of unicorn – it was very cute.”
So there we have it – officially endorsed by 4-5 year olds as applause worthy, and by one in particular. I quote – “I LOVE IT.”
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