George knows something isn’t right when he finds more than he bargained for under his mother’s favourite chicken….but when the egg hatches he finds himself looking after a baby dragon! George takes his job as a parent seriously, teaching the hatchling all sorts of ‘dragony’ ways, but the dragon begins to pine for his own kind, and one day he disappears…
Mark (M.P) Robertson was born in Parsons green, London in 1965. He studied illustration at Kingston Polytechnic.
After he graduated in 1988 he worked as a freelance illustrator. He has illustrated over a hundred covers and has provided countless pen and ink illustrations for many titles by distinguished authors, such as Joan Aiken, Robert Bolt, Robert Swindells, Adele Geras and Brian Patten.
In 1997 he wrote and illustrated his first picture book Seven ways to catch the Moon. He followed this with The Egg a story about a boy and a foundling dragon. His latest book Frank n Stan is a heart warming retelling of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic.
Miss Rogations reads “Nobody Owns the Sky” by Reeve Lindbergh
The story of Bessie Coleman becoming the first licensed African American aviator is sure to inspire readers to follow their own dreams.
As a young black woman in the 1920s, Bessie Coleman’s chances of becoming a pilot were slim. But she never let her dream die and became the first licensed African-American aviator. Reeve Lindbergh honors her memory with a poem that sings of her accomplishment. With bold illustrations by Pamela Paparone, Nobody Owns the Sky will inspire readers to follow their dreams.
Have you noticed the flowers are blooming outside. Perhaps you have some flowers in your garden or when you go for a walk you can see roses in peoples gardens. Stop and smell them. What do you notice about them? Do they all smell the same?
Can you remember the names of the different parts of a flower?
petal, leaf, bud, stem, pollen. Be careful when you’re looking at roses though as they have thorns. Do you know why roses have thorns? Can you find out?
If you can, gather some of the petals that have fallen and bring them home, (lots of petals are falling off their plants)
You could arrange them into your own flower picture.
Or you could put them in a flower press.
Or you could make a picture using the petals, you could draw them and write some rose names down.
Did you know there are so many different types of roses that are grown all over the UK and they each have their own name. I wonder what your favourite roses are called and what they look like. Can you draw them?
Just in case the weather warms up I thought you might like to make a fan to help keep cool.
You’ll need some lolly sticks, paper, tape and some pens.
Start by folding the paper, turning it over and folding again. Make sure you crease it properly.
Keep folding all the way to the end.
Now flatten the paper and draw some pictures. I’m drawing things to do with hot days like lollipops. I’ve also written some CVC words. Hot, sun and fan. Pop is also a CVC word. Can you write any more words. Don’t forget to write your name on your fan.
Last of all use two lollipop sticks and attach them to the fan using tape. This is how to make the handle.
In case you haven’t got any I put lots of lolly sticks in your craft pack.
Did you find the packet of seeds that was in your pack? (The packs are in the office, come and collect yours).
I wonder whether you will plant them in a plant pot or in a flower bed in your garden. I’m going to plant mine in a little pot. I’ll fill the pot with compost and sprinkle the seeds on top. Then I will add some more compost so that the seeds are covered up.
I’ll give them some water to wake them up and hope they start to grow soon.
Perhaps you’d like to listen to some stories about growing seeds. These two stories explain the process of pollination and seed growth. The tiny seed by Eric Carle and plant the tiny seed by Christie Matheson.