UPDATE Quotable Quote: ‘Writing come from Reading…’ Annie Proulx


Our post received a comment from Mrs. S that made us think!

She said:

‘Wow, What a great quote. It definitely shows how reading and writing are intertwined and both benefit from putting effort into the other.

I like how it refers to the shape of a story and the sentences within it. What do you picture in your mind when you read those words?

Mrs S’

5/6 Clark/Smith from Tasmania


We replied:

‘We love designing posters with canva.comWe are glad you liked our quote. We kept the poster simple because it was a busy one with a lot of words.

Our poster ties in with something our teacher told us that she heard from a local author and film maker.

Simon Fitzmaurice is a Dad in our school. He wrote a wonderful script for our Christmas pageant. Some years ago Simon started to write a movie. It is called ‘My Name is Emily’. He began writing it with a pen or typing on a keyboard. Because Simon has motor neuron disease he finished it using a special “eye gaze” computer that allows him to type by looking at letters on a screen.

When he was fundraising to make the movie, teacher asked him a question on a Reddit ‘Question and Answer’. She asked him what advice would you give to young writers and Simon said, in order to become a good writer you have to write.

So now we have the following picture in our mind when we read those words: A young person reading many books and trying their hand at reading. Reading will make us better writers according to Annie Proulx and writing will make us better writers according to Simon Fitzmaurice.

Thank you for asking us a question that made us think!

Since that time Simon has published a book called: ‘It’s Not Yet Dark’. He has shot the movie and is editing it. Keep an eye out for it. It is called ‘My Name Is Emily’.’

We LOVE getting comments on our blog. Thank you 🙂

Writing Prompt: ‘I have a little shadow’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.


‘I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.


The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.


He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,

And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.

He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;

I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!


One morning, very early, before the sun was up,

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,

Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.’


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In response to writing prompt: ‘Local housing shortage! Family moves into giant shoe’.

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‘Once upon a time there was this person

and he was very silly.

He loved money but he had none

because he bought a mansion

and that’s why he had no money.

So he and his family had to move

into a giant shoe!’


This story by Daniel in 1st Class,

made Teacher smile.

He seems to have summed up the

rise and fall of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ here.

Perhaps he will be an economist when

he grows up. Well done Daniel.

Writing prompt: ‘Magical Photos of Children Playing Around The World’ from @Fascinatingpics

Earlier in the week I posted a writing prompt

of a series of photographs showing  

dangerous and unusual ways to come to school. 

These pictures showed how different

many children’s lives are to ours.


It is good to look at the differences

but it also good to look at the similarities

between children also.


Click on this link to see photos of children playing

from faraway and interesting places.

This pictures are from @Fascinatingpics.

Play is certainly something that children

have in common wherever they live.


This time I can’t choose my favourite pictures

as there are so many of them. What about you?

Do you have a favourite? Why not write about it!