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The Green Ship: Celebrate Quentin Blake’s 90th Birthday

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For instance, when she says ‘ Shall we clap them in irons?‘ Does she mean to do exactly what the words say?

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Two children discover a ship made out of trees and bushes. On climbing aboard they enter their own fantasy world, which they share with two equally imaginative adults.Share first thoughts and record the children’s questions. You can use these to initiate discussion.

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I used this book as a stimulus for writing with my Year 4 class during SBT1. The child based an imaginary voyage on their own Green Ship and described where they went, what they saw and who they met on their own special journey. Do you think this is a sad or a happy ending to the story? Why do you think that? Encourage the children to express their views as there is no right or wrong answer. On the one hand, you may feel that the past has been lost and can never be regained, although there will always be memories. On the other hand, you may feel that the trees are returning to their natural state and this is positive and optimistic.

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Acclaimed British author and artist Quentin Blake, whose illustrations can be found in the work of such children's literature luminaries as Joan Aiken and Roald Dahl, spins a lovely tale here of two children who befriend an elderly neighbor, while on holiday, and engage in a marvelous game of make believe. Sneaking over the wall into the garden next door to their holiday home, the pair discover a wild garden, at whose heart is the eponymous green ship, made out of specially shaped bushes, two tall trees for masts, and a raised garden shed functioning as a wheel house. Discovered during the course of their exploration by Mrs. Tredegar, the owner of the garden and ship, the children are soon involved in a wonderful season of imaginative play...

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Written and illustrated by Quentin Blake, The Green Ship tells the story of a brother and sister who decide to set off on an adventure whist staying at their aunt's house during the summer. The children find a green ship - a set of trees that have been crafted to look like a ship on the ocean. Mrs Tredegar is the owner of the ship and the garden that it sits in, and the children set off on an imaginative adventure across the Seven Seas with her. Quentin Blake was born in 1932 and read English at Cambridge, before attending Chelsea Art College. He has won many major prizes for illustration, including the Kate Greenaway Medal (1980) and the Red House Children's Book Award (1981) for Mister Magnolia. He is also the winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and in 1990 was voted 'The Illustrator's Illustrator' by Observer Magazine. A tireless promoter of children's literature – and a long-time collaborator with roald Dahl – Quentin Blake was awarded the OBE in 1988 and in 2005 he was awarded a CBE for services to Children's Literature. In the most recent New Year’s Honours list he has been knighted.An old favourite from the days of bedtime reading. Two children climb over a wall and discover a large and wild garden with a green ship made out of trees and bushes. They befriend the elderly owner and spend happy days here during their summer holidays. I often think of this book at the end of the summer.

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