Love the Stationery in your Classroom
Written and Illustrated by Rebecca Palliser
Published by Clink Street Publishing
Publication date: 14th August 2018
This delightful little book encourages children to learn about – and have fun with – the stationery they encounter in the classroom. Author Rebecca Palliser wants to help all children to find their feet in the primary school classroom.
I was immediately intrigued on seeing this title for two reasons – the first being that I feel like a broken record as a teacher asking children to put the lids on the glue sticks (believe it or not, I actually explicitly teach how to move around the classroom with scissors, how to replace glue lids, etc…which you wouldn’t think they need by Year 3 but they do!).
The second reason why I wanted to pick this up was because the concept reminded me of The Day The Crayons Quit, which is a fantastic picture book by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers where a box of crayons quit, each writing a letter to their owner to explain their dissatisfaction.
The idea behind this book, but it is all the stationery in a primary classroom getting together to brainstorm how to get the children to look after them more carefully, eventually deciding that a nice letter would be better than going on strike!
What I liked: The cute message about looking after the stationery in the classroom – ask any teacher and they will rant about the precious glue sticks drying out because they have not had the lids replaced or the pencils that the children seem to eat because they disappear so quickly! The illustration style was soft and I really liked the colour palette used.
Even better if: I think the rhyming structure, while effective, did restrict the text a bit. It could have included a but more humour and some more detail if not restricted in this way.
How you could use it in your classroom: Read it to your class at the beginning of the year to remind them to look after the stationery! If that doesn’t work, try persuasive posters from the point of view of the stationery, using lots of emotive language. Then, bring out the big guns, with either The Day the Crayons Quit, or by having something in your classroom ‘quit’ overnight and leave a letter explaining why. E.g. the chairs being piled up in the corner with a letter saying they quit because they;re tired of being rocked on, or the glue sticks mysteriously disappearing because they’re sick of being left to dry out. Replace the resource with an indignant letter and let the kids come up with a solution to the problem!
(Thank you to the author and Faye form Authoright for my review copy)
About the Author
Rebecca Palliser is a young primary school teacher whose experiences in the classroom inspired her to write to have an influence on her pupils.
She is about to embark on a Masters programme where she hopes to continue to write alongside her studies.
She takes inspiration for her stories from her travels exploring different cultures and cities, spending time with her little dog Darcy and of course her biggest muse, the delightful pupils she is fortunate to teach.
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