Harry the Healer – Harry Comes Home

The Harry the Healer series of stories explores themes of loyalty, courage, friendship, responsibility and companionship. Great to use during a class unit of work on personal development/health. Harry was born in the second month of the year, when the moon was nearly full. He had three sisters and two brothers and his parents were

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Rama and the Boatman

This story is part of a series of Rama Stories, read to students as they prepared to put on a production of the Ramayana for parents. The Ramayana play was part of a cultural unit of study that included both Bali and India. Just before dawn, on the day after Rama’s exile from the palace,

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The First King of Singapore

This story was written to introduce ‘Singapore’ as a topic for geographic and historical study. Students enjoyed the idea of a hunting expedition and a ‘mythical creature’ as an origin-story marking the beginning of  Singapore. The events in this story took place in 1299. Once there lived a young Prince called Sang Nila Utama. The

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How Hickory Dickory Dock Got His Name

This story was co-written by K-2 students and myself, during a unit on ‘Time’ we were doing in Maths. It provided an opportunity for us to discuss various clock faces, particularly because they wanted the clock in the story to have roman numerals on its face! Also, telling time on the hour is another feature

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The Magic Forest

This story can be used to create the feeling of an inner journey towards quietness or ‘mental stillness’. It is  a great way to lead into the experience of meditation or ‘quiet time’ with your class.  “Son, the time has come. I have brought you here so that you can take your rightful place as a

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Lords of the Jungle

This story is a great way to introduce the topic of food webs, or food chains in Science. It could also be used to discuss animals and ecosystems in India, as part of a Geography lesson.  Mr and Mrs Crow lived in the upper branches of a giant poplar tree in the jungles of northern

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The Singing Bird

This story is a sweet little tale to share with young singers who may be feeling a bit self-conscious about singing with the class. The story works really well if you sing the morning and evening songs within the story. Any simple tune will do – the students will love it and it is the

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The Flying Penguin

This story was written to introduce the topic of adaptations, within a science unit which focused on Antarctica in particular. I presented it to the class as a picture book with photos, but I have included it here because my students really enjoyed the story.  It was ten full moons after Peter’s hatch-day, when finally,

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The Forest in the Seed

I used this story to introduce the topic of seed germination when studying flowering plants. After reading the story we looked at broad bean seeds (which had been cut in half) using a magnifying glass and students completed annotated drawings in their science journals. It had been a few weeks since the little seed had

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