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WILD! - writing for 7-11 year olds

Thursday, 17 January 2008 15:58:45

I've been asked to send some poems for possible inclusion in an anthology to be called 'Wild' - a collection for 7-11 year olds. I've sent some already, mainly from my Stegosaurus is for Life collection, but I have some half thought through ideas and it seems that this is the place to share them - even if the audience is younger than the students most of the readers might be teaching.  Asking students to write for that audience often has surprisingly creative outcomes, though.

I want to write about wild creatures which are close to me physically and also ones I have great affection for - i.e. birds in our garden. The two I have in mind at the moment are the robin and the wren. Their song is always charming - the wren in particular.  How to get that across?  I also want to play with sound myself...

There's a little round robin and a little round wren

is how I began - and that went round n my head as I was driving, and trying to go to sleep (though not at the same time) until a bit of a tongue twister came to me:

The wren is rounder than the robin
But the robin's redder than the wren

I feel it's a nice, quirky start. But ideas for continuing are in a big round muddle!

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