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Author Visits Westfield

Today, the children were lucky enough to meet Atinuke, a children's storyteller and author. All children heard a very old story (with unknown origins) orally retold by Atinuke. They were all captivated and found it shocking when the lizard stole more than half of the salt from the tortoise. How naughty he was!

Children, can you remember how lizards in Nigeria escape from children sneaking up on them?


During the day, Year 2 pupils had the chance to meet  Atinuke in smaller groups. Atinuke shared some snippets from many of the stories she has written and introduced us to two of her characters which feature in many of her books: Anna Hibiscus and 'The No. 1 Car Spotter'. Children listened very well. They enjoyed the opportunity to ask Atinuke questions during the session about being an author, life in Nigeria and about the books she has written. What fantastic questions you asked! It was great for Atinuke to explain that writing takes time and effort and also that editing/improving is so important. We're sure the children understood this from their peer-marking they do in class!

Atinuke told us a clever way the president of Nigeria tries to ease all the traffic jams. Can you tell your adults at home what it was? (Clue: number plates and Maths)


During the book sale on Wednesday, adults and children were able to purchase one of the many books written by Atinuke and get it signed too! We're sure the children and adults will thoroughly enjoy reading about Anna Hibiscus and 'The No. 1 Car Spotter' and treasure the books for years to come.