On Wednesday 12th December Kindy and Year 1 had to be at school to catch the bus by 8am we were headed to Brisbane which is 3 hours on a bus. Everyone was excited because we were going to meet Tania Cox who had invited us to Brisbane so she could see the faces of the children who made her book “Snap! Went Chester” in to a movie. You can see our movie here.
The bus arrived safely at the Queensland State Library and we all had a walk around and some recess before heading in to work with Tania Cox. It is important to be very quiet when you are at the library.
After recess we went inside the Library, it was very big with lots of comfy cushions. Tania Cox was waiting for us in a special room. First she helped us acted out a new story called “Roar! went the Tiger” which is similar to “Snap! Went Chester”. We all got to be the animals in the story and it was exciting because we learnt how to easily make a new story.
Tania telling us how her Illustrators make her stories look wonderful
The next thing Tania Cox showed us was a book of baby animals. She uses the pictures to get ideas for her stories. We used a photo of a Mother duck piggy backing her duckling because it couldn’t swim to write our own story. Our story was called “Little Duck”.
This is the “Little Duck” story we wrote
When we were back in Woodenbong we changed the animals names so that we used the Githabul words – our local Aboriginal Language. Keep an eye out for our post with our movie showing this story.
Tania then read one of our favourite stories she has written ” Millie’s Special Something” and Millie came to meet us. She tickled us with her feathery tail. She has lots of colours and is a nice dinosaur. This is a beautiful book and David Miller is also the illustrator.
Miss McLennan with Millie and Tania Cox
We had an awesome day with Tania and are grateful that she invited us. We learnt heaps about writing stories so that we can become good authors.
Once we were all finished visiting Tania we explored the Children’s Corner in the library. It has a maze, funny mirrors, a viewing platform to see the city and lots of toys.
We had lunch outside and then we got back on the bus and went to SouthBank where there is a man-made beach. There was an amazing castle made of sand with sand models of Australian animals all around it. Miss McLennan bought us all yummy ice creams for the bus trip home.
On the bus we were all exhausted and some of us slept the whole way home. It was an epic excursion and we are so happy that Tania invited us to Brisbane after all our hard work.
Here we are with Tania Cox
Do you have a library in your town?
What fun learning excursion have you been on?
How do you learn to become a good author?