It's 'Super Astro Chicken and the Giant Red Tomato', of course! 

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It’s the big reveal! Courtesy of The Readings Foundation, Year 2 and 3 students from Mother of God Primary School were delivered the printed book they’ve been working on for the last 5 weeks as part of Ardoch’s Writer in Residence program. ‘Super Astro Chicken and the Giant Red Tomato’ is the story of a chicken drawn to explore space after seeing a giant red tomato in the night sky.

Together with the guidance of published Author, Emma Bowd, children identified a story idea, built characters, then worked as a class to develop a story line, edit and create illustrations with the goal of producing their very own classroom story book to take home.

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Launched in 2016, Writer in Residence sees published writers deliver book-writing workshops at our partner primary schools. Children benefit through greater creative engagement in learning and literacy which builds their confidence and writing skills. The opportunity to work closely with a published author and a positive adult role model also builds their aspirations and self-esteem.

The best thing is seeing the kids sharing the work they’ve created just after they had received their published book. They were all extremely proud of the work they had put in and were amazed at the product they got out of it,” reflected the classroom teacher.

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“I felt proud of myself,’ said a year 3 student. “Writing a book with your classmates is very uncommon to other schools and my school got the chance to do it so it's a good feeling.”

I felt great and tears fell from my eyes,” said another student when asked how it felt to receive their own book.

When asked what advice students would give others doing the program next year, one student proposed, “be more creative, make sure you put your best work into your stories, be imaginative, don't lose your work, try your best and don't give up.”

Many thanks to Emma Bowd, Mother of God Primary School, Ardeer, and The Readings Foundation for their ongoing commitment to the Writer in Residence program.