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

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The green ship was an intriguing book that helps children to use their imagination, inspiring children to create nature into a ship, den, house etc.

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

Omg this broke my heart - tears welled up and I was balling and my daughter asked me ‘are you ok mama?’. And I was. I’m old enough to know that things don’t ever stay the same and there’s no changing that. Thankfully she isn’t yet. When Alice and her brother find Mrs Tredegar and her Green Ship, their holiday changes course drastically. They're trained as the crew of that marvellous ship and spend whole days 'exploring the world' with Mrs Tredegar. Either read the book with the children or if you have sufficient copies, allow them to read it independently and make notes using a few open prompts such as: Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children’s Laureate. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.Two bored children climb over a neighbour's wall in search of adventure. Battling their way through the dense 'jungle' of the garden, they stumble upon a life-size ship sculpted from trees and bushes. Boarding the ship, they embark on an extraordinary journey.

Quick Guide - The Green Ship — Just Imagine Quick Guide - The Green Ship — Just Imagine

Education Shed Ltd, Severn House, Severn Bridge, Riverside North, Bewdley, Worcestershire, UK, DY12 1AB A book of exceptional warmth and humanity . . . This is Quentin Blake at his richest and most colourful Guardian Does anyone know what the different parts of the ship are? (bow, stern, funnel, masts, wheelhouse). 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.

This is a beautiful example of how powerful our imagination is and how we should remember that as we get older.

The Green Ship | Centre for Literacy in Primary Education - CLPE The Green Ship | Centre for Literacy in Primary Education - CLPE

This really is a book that highlights the power of the imagination, and the importance of harnessing it. 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. Blake is beyond brilliant . . . I've never met a child who doesn't love Quentin Blake" - Daily TelegraphFor instance, when she says ‘ Shall we clap them in irons?‘ Does she mean to do exactly what the words say? 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. Blake was educated at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. His English teacher, JH Walsh, influenced his ambition to become involved in literature. His first published drawing was for the satirical magazine Punch, at the age of 16. He read English Literature at Downing College, Cambridge (1953-6), received his postgraduate teaching diploma from the University of London, and later studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He gained another teaching diploma at the Institute of Education before working at the Royal College of Art. Quentin was the inaugural Children's Laureate (1999-2001), an experience he recorded in his book Laureate's Progress. During his time in the role, he celebrated children's books and children's book illustration with a range of projects and exhibitions, and conceived the idea for the House of Illustration, the world's first centre dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms. Two youngsters off exploring end up in a neighbors garden. Mystified by what they see but thrilled by the discovery of a green ship! This book sets anyones (young or old) imagination soaring. It's a childhood dream come true to happen upon something that can't possibly exist yet here it is!

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