Today we’re hosting Day 3 of a 5-day virtual tour for Michael Read’s children’s book, The Adventures of the Parsley Family and the Dancing Snails.
This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center.
In today’s post, Michael explains the teaching points in his book.
Teaching Points for The Adventures of the Parsley Family and the Dancing Snails
I was a head teacher of a small primary school (aged 4-11 years; 1975 – 2008), in the UK for 33 years and so ‘education’ is in my blood!
When writing for my granddaughters I wanted to broaden their lives and I did this from the Essex Snails perspective as when Trixie (first Snail Guardian), teaches them to dance they know absolutely nothing of the ‘uman world.
The Norfolk Snails are very worldly and teach them a great deal as do the Beach Snails and every group that visits the garden.
Children can learn with the Essex Snails.
I also follow the festivals and seasons of the UK as I feel these experiences are very important to young people and can often go un-celebrated in the technology led lives of society today.
Culture, dance and food are fundamental in getting a handle on other societies.
Every country is proud of its traditions and they are expressed through food, dance, costume and their literature.
I promote these through the books.
See the Beach Snails story from the ‘Good old US of A!’ in Book 1
I am totally committed to ‘Hope’: that good will ALWAYS win over evil or bad people and endeavours.
Therefore the stories always have a positive end.
The Snail Guardians (The Parsley Family) protect and nurture.
The Thunder Snails come late into Book 1, but they were introduced because my granddaughters wanted ‘something to go wrong!’
There has to be a positive outcome, so the Thunder Snails were invented to come to the rescue – ‘SAG! THUNDER SNAILS ARE GO!’
See more at www.snailguardians.co.uk, where there is an Amazon app to order my book.
Get the link for Day 4 of this tour at the National Writing for Children Center.