Special treat for Mulbarton bookworms

Preschoolers at Puddleducks Playgroup in Mulbarton received the gift of a pre-publication copy of a new children's atlas on World Book Day last Thursday.

Preschoolers at Puddleducks Playgroup in Mulbarton received the gift of a pre-publication copy of a new children's atlas on World Book Day last Thursday ( 5 March).

Having dressed up as their favourite book characters, children listened enthralled as local author, David Wright, spoke to them about his most recent project, Philip's Early Years Atlas. David, who also co-wrote Philip's Children's Atlas and The Book of Mulbarton with his wife Jill, explained to the children that he had written the atlas because he wanted to help younger children to know more about the world. He then demonstrated to the children how to use a map before enjoying some cakes they had made earlier.

'We are so grateful to David for the generous donation of his atlas to our playgroup,' said Tania Davies, jJoint lead practitioner at Puddleducks. 'The children really enjoyed his visit and were fascinated by what he had to tell them. Books are an important part of the children's learning experience and this atlas will really help them expand their horizons as they develop their knowledge and understanding of the world.'

Philip's Early Years Atlas is aimed at children aged 3-5. It was published on 9 March and retails for �6.99.


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While pupils and staff at Hingham Primary School celebrated in style with a day full of book inspired activities.

Many of the children came to school dressed up as their favourite book characters, which included a selection ranging from James Bond through to Cinderella. The staff had a difficult task in choosing the best costume and were grateful for the help of their chair of governors, Nicola Elven.

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The Snowman, the Hungry Caterpillar, Pippa Longstocking and Willy Wonka all won prizes. There was also a special mention for Captian Underpants for making everyone laugh. As well as the fancy dress the children also spent part of the morning sharing a favourite book with their parents or a friend and the day finished with a book based arts and crafts session.

Photo shows Tania Davies, dressed as Mrs Large the Elephant, David Wright and children from Puddleducks Playgroup.

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