So it's 2019, and on the new PRACE FaceBook page and my own little PageTurners FB page, we're talking about summer-themed PageTurners. (Click on the link and follow us on FB)
We've posted about books on the theme of Summer Dangers — bushfires, cyclones and snakes. Now we're moving on to holidays and today's post was about I WANT A HOLIDAY.
The story was inspired by one of my students who came back from holidays saying everyone in the family had had a nice time, but she just cooked and cleaned as usual. So I wrote a different ending to her story.
It was one of the first series of PageTurners. Series #1 was a gamble -- we had no idea whether we'd even break even - the PRACE Committee of Management had lent us the money to print the books.
I remember the day I walked into my class with a handful of books, series #1, direct from the printers. I handed them around to the students to see what they thought. One student, Graeme, sounded out his title aloud — "I want a holiday! Yes," he added, "I could do with one of those."
He opened the book and started reading it aloud. The class went silent as everyone listened to Graeme read. At the end of the book he closed the cover, looked up and said, "That's the first book I've ever read from beginning to end!"
And the class spontaneously applauded. Graeme blushed mightily, but was thrilled to bits. Of course, I gave him the book. PageTurners was on its way.