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Peter Usborne visits Longleaze Primary school

11th June 2013

Peter Usborne storytelling visit

Peter Usborne MBE visited Longleaze Primary school in Wootton Bassett, last week, to present them with £400 worth of Usborne books and to treat them to a unique, story-telling session - as their prize for winning the World Book Day prize draw.

Peter shared some of his childhood memories about how and why he got into the publishing business and asked the 200 children, in the assembly, who their favourite authors were.

He also relayed the interesting story of how the now famous Usborne balloon logo (visible on every Usborne book) came into being. Peter wanted something fun that children enjoy - so thought of  parties, and then balloons, in particular hot air balloons with stripes, which the Usborne logo is modelled on.

For the storytelling part of the assembly, Peter read some swashbuckling tales from Stories of Pirates, and shared "How Elephants Lost their wings" and the North American folk tale; "Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch" from 100 Illustrated Stories for children.

Afterwards, the children had the opportunity to ask Peter to sign their favourite Usborne book they had brought in especially from home.

Lorraine McCleod, Literacy Coordinator at Longleaze said " Winning the books [in the prize draw] allows the children more opportunities to be part of their own learning, creating questions and discussions, allowing more of them to be fully engaged in their reading.
Although we do have a well-stocked library, winning such a wonderful number of additional books allows a greater choice for the children, and ensures that we are updating our stock with recent publications. This can only enhance the children's reading experience...thank you for the amazing opportunity, experiences like this will be remembered for years."

Usborne Organiser, Pippa Hopcraft, was also delighted that the school had won as her relationship with them started purely by chance, when her Team Leader couldn't make a book fair at the last minute. She asked Pippa to step in and the rest, as they say, is history....