This week, on a cold and frosty day, we were lucky enough to visit some of the team at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse; though the museum is currently closed, Katie and Jan gave us a tour of the various buildings on the grounds- we loved the chapel and the old school hall! We even got to visit the farm where we saw, amongst other things, goats, sows (with piglets!) and even a farm cat called Smudge.
The museum, three miles from Dereham, reopens at the start of March, though they will be open for a week during February half-term. They have lots to offer schools as well as the general public, so we’d recommend looking at their website (linked above) if you’re interested in finding out more!
Now, a few Friday Reads!
Harriet: Grumbug! by Adam Stower
Fun sequel to Troll and the Oliver. A new story about young Oliver and the troll takes up from when they open their special café for trolls. Oliver’s toddler sister has wandered off and Oliver and the Troll go off in pursuit, despite fears from their customers that they might encounter the terrifying Grumbug. There is lots of opportunity for inference, there are speech bubbles, rhyming text- and a satisfying conclusion to the story.
(Templar Publishing, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781783700523)
Mandy: Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Annabelle Arsenault
This beautiful winter story just asks to be read at bedtime! A parent paints a verbal picture of a snowy night for a small child wrapped in a downy blanket. Snow, deer, an owl whose wings leave a “feathery sketch” in the show, snowshoe hares and a “fox in his auburn coat and long black boots” paint a beautiful image of the night, enhanced by the delicate, almost monochrome illustrations. A love song to a child- and perhaps an award winner?
(Walker Books, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9781406362459
Zoë: The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster’s Gold by Jonny Duddle
This is the latest book in the Jolley-Rogers series by Jonny Duddle. As usual, there are plenty of madcap scrapes for the Jolley-Rogers family, along with their landlubber friend Matilda, accompanied by many wonderful illustrations as they encounter many quirky characters, including monkeys- and don’t forget the banana cake!
It all begins on a quiet Saturday when Matilda is sitting on the quayside, hoping to find a message from Jim Lad, with her father fishing alongside. She catches a bottle and HOW EXCITING! It contains a treasure map…
(Templar Publishing, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781783704453)
You can find all of our previous Friday Reads by following this link.