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Book Week at SUIS Hongqiao A Huge Success

November, 2013
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During the Book Week from 28 October to 1 November, Shanghai United International School, Hongqiao Campus has been filled with activities for young and old.

‘Stories set in China’ was the topic for this year’s book competition. After much reading and deliberating the judges decided on twelve great reads. And so another crop of newly-published – and two with their second publication – authors’ books were on sale at the annual Book Fair. Copies of the books will be in the library forever! Congratulations to all the authors – there is nothing nicer than seeing your name on the cover of your very own book.

The Book Fair was filled with throngs of teachers, parents and students buying books, books and more books. On all the cushions and in every corner, children could be found lost in the pages of a brand new book – sheer bliss.

Storyteller Katrice Horsley entertained all with her wonderful tales of imaginary characters that she carries with her, all around the world, in her belly and her bag. She had the audience laughing and holding their breath and jumping in fright as she turned fabric into fairies, fire-breathing monsters and fishy things and used body language and facial expressions to tell of amazing adventures, daredevil doings, fiery pits and gloomy grottoes.

The door-decorating competition was as fiercely contested as it usually is and the school came alive with bright colors and book characters. Primary Reception and Grade 1 classes decorated the Great Book Wall of SUIS with pictures of scenes from their favorite books. A walk along the corridors of the school was like walking past the shelves in a library.

Dress-up Day on Thursday made so many favorite characters ‘walk off the pages’ and come alive: the Incredible Hulk lurked in the LLC; loads of Spidermen spun around looking for villains; Mary Poppins dropped by to look after the students; fairies, and wizards and witches cast happy spells all over the place; and Sybil Snake, Pin Yin Panda, and Chester Choi made appearances as forerunners for Sarah Brennan.

Middle-schoolers made and sold cupcakes iced in a literary theme. This was a deliciously huge success and they were sold out in no time flat.

The daily quiz, writing and drawing competitions, the Chinese Zodiac Wheel, and lunchtime ‘listen to a story’ sessions had everyone chatting and discussing books and reading and reading and reading. All this reading made the Readathon thermometer in the foyer shoot up and up until it exploded on Friday!

Friday assemblies were hosted by Sarah Brennan, author of the Chinese zodiac stories, who told the tale of her latest character, Sybil Sssssnake. What a way to end a wonderful week.


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