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By Margaret Bateson-Hill, Mar 10 2017 05:43PM

Thank you so much to the schools who invited me to be part of their World Book Day celebrations.


Luton Infants, Chatham

Leighton Park School, Reading

The Craylands School, Swanscombe

Belmont Primary, Chiswick


I had great fun telling stories and sharing papercuts and ideas for dragons. In return I received some great dragons.

Take a quick look at the gallery.And by the way if you tell everyone that your circular piece of paper looks like a pancake (It was pancake Tuesday), don't be surprised that when you fold it in half it becomes a semi-pancake! Nice one.



Excelsior's egg hatching in the Alchemist's fire from First Flight
Excelsior's egg hatching in the Alchemist's fire from First Flight
A dragon from The Craylands Primary, Swanscombe
A dragon from The Craylands Primary, Swanscombe



A Purple dragon from The Craylands Primary School
A Purple dragon from The Craylands Primary School

By Margaret Bateson-Hill, Dec 9 2016 05:17PM

I've had a great term of telling Masha and the Firebird to schools, and they in return have rewarded me with poems and drawings and masks. Today I returned to Wimbledon High Juniors to accompany 40 year 2 girls up to Wimbledon Common, so they could leave treasure boxes of their work for the firebird to find - all the time making sure Baba Yaga the witch was not spying on us, so that she could steal the boxes for herself.

It was a glorious afternoon, and the girls wore their brightly decorated firebird masks.

The boxes were carefully hidden and then camaflouaged for extra protection.


We made our way back to school wondering when the firebird would arrive to find his treasure...

Looking for a place to hide the teasure box
Looking for a place to hide the teasure box
Under the tree is a perfect hideaway
Under the tree is a perfect hideaway
Perfectly camflouaged!
Perfectly camflouaged!
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