Nothing ventured nothing gained. What a great saying. The Tap-Dancing Pigeon and I are thrilled to announce that we have been invited to Sharjah to take part in their annual children’s reading festival in April from 13th to 17th April. I will have the chance to inspire children to fulfil their dreams, live in the moment, believe in themselves and visit their schools and perhaps be not he radio and television. I feel honoured.
I have designed this poster to celebrate National Storytelling Week 2020. This week is a lovely chance to spend some quality time with little people to show them how amazing books really are and how important they are in society. Our local bookshops really need our help. What with films out there with amazing animations and online bookshops, it feels as though books are a dying art. Lets all do our part to inspire the younger generation and show them how wonderful local libraries and bookshops are in our world.
Pigeon and I wish you all the luck and success for 2020! We are really excited about this year because we plan to visit lots of schools and spread the word about how important it is to look after our planet and wildlife. One way to do this is to not drop litter and recycle as much as possible.
If you would like Pigeon and I to visit your school. Please contact us here!
Wednesday 13th November, Pigeon and I were invited to Esher Church School. We were greeted by a crowd of 180 smiley and curious faced children, at their Year 1, 2 and 3 assembly. For the first time ever my nerves were silent. i do believe that practice is really important. Prepare with perfect pigeon precision before any pigeon performance! Afterwards the children asked some questions like:
How did you come up with the idea?
Why Covent Garden?
I felt really good afterwards. I feel like I can do anything now. I will continue to strive to spread the word about how important it is for children to understand the following messages:
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!