Book Week takes children across story bridge

BOOK Week came to Gagebrook Primary School recently, and students enjoyed a real treat when Tasmanian author and illustrator Steve Isham visited the classroom.

 Illustrator Steve Isham helped Gagebrook Primary students create their own illustrations during Book Week
Illustrator Steve Isham helped Gagebrook Primary students create their own illustrations during Book Week

Literacy support teacher, Fiona Forsyth said Steve had a great way of engaging the students.

“He really managed to bring the books to life and engage students,” Fiona said.

“Steve is an illustrator and an amazing story teller. He talked to the students about the creative process and how he and his wife Marion actually created a book from beginning to end.

“His books have riddles and puzzles throughout them and as he read the pages Steve took the students on a journey, getting them to answer riddles and touching on much broader subjects.”

Working with Fiona to implement Book Week, library coordinator Jacki Sward said Steve told the students that a good story should engage everyone.

“He certainly engaged the students. Each time he asked the students a riddle hands shot up and even the quietest students wanted to join in,” Jacki said.

“Book Week this year is on the theme Across the Story Bridge. Steve took the students across the bridge to engage them with another world. It really was wonderful”

Students finished a fantastic Book Week with a character parade where they showed a great deal of creativity making costumes out of recycled materials.

In 2010 Book Week celebrates its 65th anniversary making it the longest running children’s festival in Australia, celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators.

Based in southern Tasmania, Steve Isham is a former high school art teacher and is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books capturing the rich folklore and unique wildlife of Australia.

Steve and his wife Marion run a stall at Salamanca market every Saturday. To find out more visit to their website: www.bandicootboks.com.

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