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You Little Beauty! Fantastic FREE taster workshop in Leeds today!

This workshop was an excellent introduction to empathy in children's literature and a great way for children to explore the skills and processes used by real author-illustrators. 

What a great way to end the week! Spending some creative time with some Year 4 children at their school in Leeds today!

Today, we got our teeth into the curious tale of Little Beauty by Anthony Browne. Not all is as it seems at this 'special' zoo - home to one lonely but talented primate. With a comfortable arm chair, flat screen TV and with tea and burgers on-demand, this gorilla might seem to have it all. But the one thing he is missing is a true friend. Enchanting!
A brilliant charcoal drawing of gorilla with a very effective painted background!

Comparing the lifestyle, diet and habitat of this special gorilla with the REAL mountain gorillas of Central Africa, the children produced some excellent writing. They even turned their hand to some mixed media artwork to give our gorilla a bit of colour in his new found happiness.


Thanks to the children and the school for a fantastic hardworking morning.

This workshop was an excellent introduction to empathy in children's literature and a great way for children to explore the skills and processes used by real author-illustrators.

To win a free taster workshop for your primary school, click the link here! Closes 1 June 2015. Leeds primary schools only (sorry folks!)

A superb piece of writing by a Year 4 child comparing real Mountain gorillas with Anthony Browne's creation. 

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