A walk with the teacher, indeed what could possibly go wrong?
Having been invited to read and share 'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus', it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.
During a visit to a school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book and then remembering a book written many years before I read this to the class.
The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk led to map work and sequencing and with events that followed together with the class we wrote an imaginative tale.
The events we imagined were put into a book and illustrated by a pupil. The book was shared with my many classes and it was always a favourite.
Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.
There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.
"Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!" commented a friend.
But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!
The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970's. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.
The Spooky Walk Bewbush 1994
The Spooky Walk, Bewbush 2017
Spooky Connections North Holmwood
Spooky Spanish Connections
You can buy this book on the sites listed below. (click on images)