Here is the latest story on my Learn English Through Story channel.
The Rhinoceros has lovely skin that fits just right. But what happens when he spies a cake that Man has just made? A special cake with currants and plums in it…
A fresh, new retelling of the classic Just So Story from the author of the Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling. Written over a hundred years ago. it has been re-written, illustrated and told by British children’s author and illustrator, Shoo Rayner, to bring it up to date with more modern ideas, language and idioms while keeping all the essential language of the original.
I did some fabulous drawing sessions with the children at Hobletts Infant School on Monday. As I walked in one of the year two classes, I saw they were doing crocodiles and instantly decided to read them the Just So story of how the elephant got it’s trunk – The Elephant’s Child. Then I remembered that it’s really difficult showing how to draw the elephant and that it never comes out as I would hope. But I was committed to the story.
Then, because they were focussing on the crocodile, I decided to do a different drawing – of the scene where the crocodile grabs the elephant’s trunk. It’s probably a much harder drawing, but far easier to explain, step by step. And it’s far more satisfying – all that violence!
Here are some of their drawings. Guess which one is mine? (the least enthusiastic one!)