I had a wonderful day on the Southern Highlands. First stop Robertson Primary School where the kids asked some really challenging questions and helped decide what colour Book 5 should be (a royal blue was the popular choice). Then it was on to Glenquarry Public School (who kindly provided a delicious morning tea and lunch - thank you!) along with Kangaloon Public School who dropped in to visit.
I did a K-2 session which was something new for me. The kids I spoke to were too young to read my books but eager to hear the stories and ask questions of a real author (which I did my best to impersonate!). One of my all-time favourite questions will always be this one from a Year 1 boy after a discussion about story-writing: Who marks your work?
Later I was talking with a group of primary school students about the characters in Samurai Kids. Yoshi is always a favourite. He's bigger than the others but refuses to fight because he once accidentally killed a boy in a wrestling match. Yoshi's spirit is the Tiger and he was the last of the Kids to find his Spirit. "Yoshi could also be a bee," suggested one boy. Did he mean because the bee is striped like the tiger? I wondered. "Yoshi is like the bee becuase if the bee stings it will die and if Yoshi fights it will hurt him a lot too." How wonderful!!! Everytime I speak to a group of kids I walk away thinking "I wish I had thought of that!"