I hope you all had a chance to celebrate National Storytelling week in your own special ways. Pigeon and I visited a sweet nursery in London called The Playroom. Greeted by lots of smiley faces and some beautiful pigeon crafts they had created in honour of Pigeon’s visit.
Pigeon and I enjoyed visiting Playmates Nursery in Chessington to kick off our local author readings. The children seemed in awe of Pigeon’s adventure across London and nearly all of them went home with their special signed copy of The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden. It was a great start to 2020!
On this day Pigeon and I made our way to Sandown Play Cafe. It was freezing cold and we had loads of boxes to carry with all of our books and a polaroid camera! Just incase a little person wanted an instant photo to treasure of themselves with Pigeon!
There was a crowd of tiny people looking very intrigued by Pigeon sitting on the table, they thought it was very funny when I pretended that I couldn’t see Pigeon. This was a great experience and we would be happy to visit the cafe again! Perhaps with a craft next time! We signed lots of books.
Pigeon and I were so excited to be invited to Claygate Primary School!
We are arrived early and waited to be taken into to the assembly hall. At 10am the children spilled into the hall. There were 180 little excited faces staring up at us. Behind us was a presentation of ‘The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden’. As expected a huge adrenaline rush of excitement and nerves flowed through me. Once I had greeted the children and started storytelling, an immense feeling of happiness took over. I was in my element as I told the children about Pigeon leaving home for the first time.
Look where ‘The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden’ was spotted! At a lovely bookshop in Petersfield, Hampshire called One Tree Books! Apparently there is a lovely coffee shop inside the bookshop. Pigeon and I must pay it a visit!
On Tuesday 12th November I visited another nursery/preschool. It did not matter how many times I practiced my storytelling, I was still full of nerves. I think this is a good thing, as it’s really excitement building up. This was the largest group I had shared The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden with. Forty five, 3 to 5 year olds entered the room and sat down with their legs crossed. So many little faces staring up at me. Waiting for me to speak. I love storytelling my book. I completely believe it it’s message and I have learnt it off by heart so that I can act it out with passion. The children did not move a muscle until the end and then they could not wait to hug Pigeon. The teachers took some lovely photos of the children with him. The next week I received a lovely poster which you can read below. This experience gave me the confidence for my next big pigeon performance!
On Monday 11th November, Pigeon and I were invited to Little Sparrows nursery to read to three sets of ten children in their reading room. It was a really lovely time, Pigeon was a little shy to start off with and would not come out of his bag! The children were aged 2 to 4 years old, which I believe can be tricky age because of their attention span. It was a lovely experience!