World Book Day 2012: Celebrations in School, part 4

This is our last post today covering our World Book Day celebrations.  Our final contributors have informed us of more fascinating books which they have read.  I have learned a lot, in reading our submissions, about books that have now joined many others on my to-read list…

We start with Mr Pett’s choice:

” I discussed my book The Etymologicon, [by Mark Forsyth] which bemused my groups, I think. A worthwhile activity, I think.”  This sounds extremely interesting. As I delved a little deeper, I discovered that the book originates from Mark Forsyth’s Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words.  Must check this out further…

Continuing with the Classical Civilisation Department, Miss Bradley told me:

“I have taught Years 11, 9, 10 and 8 today and we spent at least 20 minutes talking about books. The girls shared their favourite title or a book that was special to them and why. I explained why I love [Tolkien’s] The Lord of the Rings. I read aloud to them an extract from The Return of the King and then showed them the equivalent scene from the film – we discussed which we preferred and whether the film was a good representation of the book. We also touched on how heavily influenced J K Rowling’s work is by Lord of the Rings and how the trilogy also has resonances of the historical time period in which it was written, between 1939 – 1947.

I then read aloud an extract from Book 9 of the Odyssey by Homer to some classes to show how words that were written nearly 3000 years ago can still resonate today.”  Wonderful stuff!  I wonder whether the girls preferred the book or the film and if they did think the film was a good representation?  I love the idea that Homer’s ancient words are still relevant, more recommended reading…

Mrs Instone concludes this series with her reflections:

Read my classes a bit from Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome about children having sailing adventures on the Norfolk Broads in the days of innocence when four children aged between 7 and 12 were allowed to camp on an island in the middle of the Broads without direct parental supervision for three days at a time.  They did have to report in to a local farmer to collect provisions and to leave a message for their mother that they were all right!  Oh for those days of innocence and freedom!

To the boys I also read a short extract from the latest Lee Child. All of his books have Jack Reacher , a Major in the American Military police,  as the central character. He gets into all manner of scrapes to right various wrongs in a singularly direct manner.  A good holiday read.”

I would like to thank all members of staff who have been in touch, sending in their experiences, it is a lovely thing to be able to do and to receive such positive comments.  They have shared their passion and it is very much appreciated.  I should also like to thank the children, whose responses have made the exercise worthwhile.