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Jo Cotterill: Comments from her audience

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:

Jo Cotterill was the first author I’ve ever met! I love that she loves cheese!!!! (Jennifer G.)

I loved how she showed the science behind electricity and made a model for us. (Madeleine L.)

An amazing experience that taught me a lot including that Jo Cotterill likes cheese, a lot! (Anna W.)

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by | 25/04/2018 · 12:40

“Fully charged and ready for action”

Originally taken from the book cover but no less describing Electrigirl’s creator Jo Cotterill who came to visit our students in year 3-8 of our English language section. The sympathic, energetic and witty  author seemed to enjoy her time at our school and our students simply loved it!

The first two sessions were a very entertaining mix of sharing her personal story of becoming a writer and that of “Electrigirl” but at the same time there also was some teaching. The elements of atoms and an electric circuit were introduced in a fun way that will most certainly stay in every student’s mind.

A really nice add-on to the current/previous curriculum and a story our P3 students enjoyed reading in class.

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After the lunch break, Jo Cotterill invited classes S2EN and S3EN to “Looking at the stars”. Her award winning book however does not relate to Astronomy but instead addresses serious topics such as refugees, discrimination, poverty but also the power of storytelling hope, family, friendship. More about this reading to follow ….

A big Thank You to Jo Cotterill for travelling all the way from England to meet our student: It has been a pleasure to have you!

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Looking at the Stars

 

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Patrice Lawrence / by Saina V.

Patrice Lawrence

On the 7th of March 2018 the author Patrice Lawrence visited the European School RheinMain and presented her book “Orange Boy” to the students of the 10th grade.

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The author didn’t only present her book, but she also spent some time telling us about her life and how she became an author. Personally, I thought that was the best part of her visit, as she had lived a unique life and she grew up in a multicultural, unusual family. Patrice Lawrence was born in Sussex, and was brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian family, which isn’t the kind of family I have ever heard about before. The writer has been in extraordinary situations which she spent a short amount of time telling us about, which all added up to why she became a writer, and why she writes fiction novels. She told us about how she was at the winter wonderland carnival in London, which inspired her and many more instances which inspired her to write fiction novels.

She made a PowerPoint presentation with pictures of her life, starting from the beginning until now. The author told us about her family and applied her story and onto the characters in her book, she added why the boy in “orange boy” has a dysfunctional family, and that is because the boy wants something different. She read out a few pages from Orange Boy and told us about how it was difficult to write as a teenage boy, however the writer managed to do it very well which the students were impressed by.

Patrice Lawrence then added that she had constant support from her daughter, who inspired her and always gave her new ideas. She also mentioned that when she does not write, she feels as if she has too many thoughts and can’t think properly. She felt as if she had too many tabs open in her brain, which was hard to understand at first but started to make a lot sense towards the end. The fact that the author was so open and real with us is what caught my attention and made me want to know more about her, and the story behind her novel.

The writer told us about the importance of names, furthermore she asked us what our names meant which got us to think the ways she does and understand the meaning behind names. In general, the author inspired me to think in a different, more creative way.

To conclude, the students also enjoyed learning about the process of publishing a book and what it`s like to be a writer.

 

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“Von der Stadt der Kinder über den Dschungel Amazoniens bis hin zum Schweden-Krimi”

Im Rahmen der Transition, dem Übergang von Primar- zu Sekundarschule, fanden in dieser Woche gleich vier Lesungen mit Andreas Schlüter statt. Im Vorfeld hatten sich alle Schüler der P5 und S1 in der Sekundar-Bibliothek intensiv mit “Level 4 – Die Stadt der Kinder” auseinandergesetzt und Plakate vorbereitet. Neben seinem ersten Buch, über das Andreas Schlüter natürlich mit allen Schülern sprach, hatte unser Gast noch weitere Abenteuergeschichten und sogar einen Krimi im Gepäck. So wurden es vier ganz individuelle Lesungen, zum Teil mit begleitendem Bildmaterial.

Bei der Lesung zu seinem bislang erfolgreichsten Buch, tauchten die Schüler in die Situation aus “Level 4 – Die Stadt der Kinder” ein, in der plötzlich alle Erwachsenen verschwunden sind. Das im ersten Moment durchaus verlockend klingende Szenario (die Schüler hatten viele Ideen, was sie als erstes machen würden) offenbarten sich im weiteren Verlauf jedoch dessen Folgen und Herausforderungen. Eine spannende Abenteuergeschichte über ein Computerspiel, dass neben den Alltagsschwierigkeiten des Lebens ohne Erwachsene die Reaktion der verschiedenen Charaktere schildert. Kaum zu glauben, dass Andreas Schlüter vor vielen Jahren Schweirigkeiten hatte, einen Verleger für seine Geschichte zu finden. Wir sind gespannt, ob die angedachte Buchverfilmung in absehbarer Zukunft auf der Kinoleinwand zu sehen sein wird.

Auf die zweite Gruppe Schüler wartete der Überlebenskampf im brasilianischen Regenwald aus “Survival – Verloren am Amazonas”. Die Schüler begleiteten die Protagonisten durch die Wildnis Amazoniens und erlangten währenddessen jede Menge faktisches Wissen zum Schauplatz des Abenteuers und dem Überleben in der Wildnis. Spätestens jetzt wissen alle, dass man sich vor dem Buschmeister  besser in Acht nehmen sollte.

Wissenswertes hielt auch die nächste Lesung mit Andreas Schlüter bereit. In “City Crime – Strichcode in Stockholm” lernten die Schüler nicht nur die schwedische Spezialität “Surströmming” kennen, sie wurden auch Zeugen eines Verbrechens. Wer eines der Bücher aus der City Crime Serie gekauft hat, der kann nun sogar einen kleinen Wortschatz der Landessprache aufbauen, der am Ende der Bücher zu finden ist.

Zum Abschluss durfte sich die letzte Schülergruppe über die Fortsetzung des Computerabenteuers “Level 4.2 Zurück in der Stadt der Kinder” freuen und – wie auch die Gruppen zuvor – ihre Fragen an den Autoren richten.

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Nach dem Besuch von Andreas Schlüter sollte die Buchauswahl nun ein leichtes sein. Fußball-, Abenteuer- und Krimi-Reihe; da sollte doch für jeden etwas dabei sein!

Denjenigen, die nicht bis zur nächsten Bibliotheksstunde warten möchten sei gesagt, dass die Schulbibliothek einige der Titel als E-Book zur Ausleihe anbietet.

Klicke hier, um zum E-Book Angebot der ESRM zu gelangen

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Patrice Lawrence: “Incredibly fascinating person”

I’m glad I was there at the reading. It was actually an even better experience then I imagined it would be. Patrice seemed to me like an incredibly fascinating person after explaining us her origin and her family, the way she spoke about her books, her humour, in general I found her amazing.

As well were amazing her books, Orangeboy and Indigo Donut. They seemed to me like pretty original ideas, and I liked the way she mentioned she used bits and pieces of her reality to make them part of her character’s reality.

What I also really liked about her books is that there will be people who could identify themselves with the characters, and maybe even the stories.

In general, the reading was just amazing, and I could recommend the books. And I’m glad I got to meet Patrice.

Isabelle B. (S5 EN)

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“Everyone is an artist in his own way”

Town Hall of Bad Vilbel, Germany – illustrated by David Mackintosh

While waiting for the big day to arrive all children had prepared for the visit of author and illustrator David Mackintosh. Our pre-primary children had a look into storytelling and had learned what an author does, children in P1 had read and recited stories as well as given ideas of how a story could be changed; furthermore had they worked on identifying beginning, middle and end of stories. The oldest students to meet David Mackintosh – our students of year 2 – had taken it another step further by not only understanding the structure of stories but even writing fiction stories of their own.

All of these activities and their research on David Mackintosh got the children even more enthusiastic and excited to meet the author and illustrator. Invited by the welcoming atmosphere our sympathic guest had spread from the very beginning, the children instantly seemed comfortable with him. Especially the older primary students almost started chatting with David and took the chance to address their questions the moment they met him. For the younger ones, the warm-up activity was ultimately breaking the ice.

David Mackintosh

The children got to learn what an author and illustrator does, how long it takes David to draw a picture, when he writes his books, why he likes to write, how his illustrations turn into a book, what he uses to draw, some insights about naming Marshall Armstrong and even a sneak peak into David’s brand new book “Waiting for Chicken Smith”. Of course, there also was time to enjoy a story and it was quite surprising for the librarian (and David?) how quick the children recognized Marshall Armstrong’s house the moment its illustration appeared on the big screen in the primary library. The most audible admiration (a joint “aaaaaaaaw”) was to be heard when David Mackintosh started illustrating some of his characters on the spot. However, the creative activity David had brought along for the children revealed that he was not the only artist present in the library.

 

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The children really enjoyed their time with our special guest and there were lots of  “Hi David”,  “Hello David Mackintosh” and happy smiles when the children saw him walking down the corridor later on.

Thank you David for inspiring our children and for creating some memories today!

 

all illustrations by David Mackintosh

 

See here for David Mackintosh’s blog about his visit http://www.profuselyillustrated.com/blog/2018/2/2/frankfurt-european-schools-sind-gut

 

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Get ready and see you tomorrow …

Remember: Bring along pencil or pens – and your copy of David Mackintosh’s book if you’d like him to sign it !

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Hello from our first guest: David Mackintosh

We are very much looking forward to David Mackintosh’s visit on 31 January 2018 when he will be talking to our students about storytelling and illustrating, which he both has been doing since his first book.

Of course, there is a reason why pre-primary, year 1 and year 2 students (of the English section) are asked to bring along pencil or pens – but let’s not spoil the surprise!

Remember to purchase a book in advance if you would like David Mackintosh to sign it for you after the reading!

Choose your favourite from “Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School” (shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011), “The Frank Show” (USBBY Outstanding International Book 2013 and Longlisted for Kate Greenaway Prize), “Standing In for Lincoln Green” (shortlisted for The Western Writers of America Spur Award), “LUCKY” (Shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award, 2015) or any other book by David Mackintosh and bring it along on the day of the reading.

Just 15 more days to go …

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“Write what you want to write”

Creative minds and lots of potential writers are among our students who got to meet Peter Bently at the beginning of the week. Our guest author came to tell PP through P3 students some of his stories and –  in four individual and age appropriate sessions – a little bit about how stories happen.

With the help of Peter Bently’s professional guidance all students got to create their story character. The older year groups even wrote a 12 section story together and successfully mastered the challenge of writing and illustrating their own picture books in the end. Of course there was time for questions, little chats with the author and Peter Bently signed the little autograph cards many students had prepared in advanced or books they had brought along.

The children will definitely remember what they experienced that day:

  • The title of the book does not necessarily have to be known or chosen before starting to write.
  • As you start writing you might not know the end of your story.
  • While you write your story, you will have more ideas and your story might turn out completely different than you thought.
  • Illustrations can save you words sometimes.
  • Meeting a real author!

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Our young booklovers sure enjoyed and cherished story time with Peter Bently!

Peter Bently on Twitter

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Kate DiCamillo : An inspiration – not only for young readers

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Honestly, we did not hesitate for even a second when Daniela Wind from the German publishing house dtv mentioned the chance of famous author Kate DiCamillo visiting our school. Ever since, we had been in gleeful anticipation, hardly able to believe our luck. Now, after Kate’s visit, there is more than that – and we struggle to find the right words.

Before Kate came to our school she was this famous, successful, award-winning author. Two of her books had even been adapted for the big screen; sort of a Hollywood-Star in the author business. Of course, visiting European School RheinMain did not rewrite history. Having the privilege to listen to Kate we got to know a bit more of her amazing, inspiring and true story: Not having the perfect start with spending half of her childhood sick, she made up her mind to become an author, wrote “Because of Winn-Dixie”, after being rejected from publishers 473 times finally got a “YES” and won the Newberry Medal.

To all of our wonderful students

May you always remember …

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… and get on the train.

To Kate DiCamillo:             capture                                                                         Thank you so much!

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