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Beastly delay for World Book Day!

Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:43:04

Pre-school kids

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

The “Beast from the East” caused a delay for children hoping to celebrating World Book Day on March 1, with snowy conditions forcing the closure of local schools and nursery groups.

However, with costumes already bought or made and children eager to dress up as their favourite book characters, the event was quickly rescheduled.

Finstall Pre-School celebrated World Book Day a week later and there were some popular choices among the selected costumes, with three children dressed as Alice in Wonderland and two as the Gruffalo.

Other outfits included Horrid Henry, Peter Rabbit and Hulk.

Three-year-old Ben, dressed as the fox from the Fox’s Socks book, said: “It’s my favourite book and it’s fun to dress up.”

Archie, aged four, was Monty from the Monstersaurus book. He said: “Mommy bought my costume because I like getting dressed up and I love Monstersaurus.”

Finstall First School also rescheduled World Book Day, with the event taking place on March 9. Costumes included a colourful unicorn, several tigers from The Tiger Who Came To Tea book, Robin Hood, Billionaire Boy, and Newt Scamander from the Fantastic Beasts book.

School staff also dressed up and deputy head Matthew Mason’s scarecrow costume caused sniggers from the children as he scattered straw around the school throughout the day.

He said: “We weren’t going to let the snow prevent us from celebrating World Book Day, we just celebrated it a week later than originally planned. It is always a special day for our young students and they enjoy taking part in a range of reading activities.”

Peter, aged eight, explained one of the more unusual activities: “We took reading selfies, showing ourselves reading our favourite books in strange places. I read my book in a bin.”

Nine-year-old Niamh, a big fan of author David Walliams, said it was great to see the different characters people dressed up as. 

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Above: Pre-school children. Below: Mrs Morgan, Mrs Share, Mr Mason and Mrs Simpson with pupils.


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