Scary books don't worry us
PUPILS at Wycliffe Preparatory School are going book crazy with the start of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.
Books play a big part in the day to day teaching of the Year 1 class at Stonehouse.
"We focus on making sure children love reading and love books," said teacher Yvonne Martin.
"Every day we read stories to the pupils and encourage them to spend time looking at books."
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Dr Seuss is a popular author with the children as well as any story featuring animals.
Five-year-old Olivia Bennett, from Stonehouse, said her favourite book is The Snow Queen closely followed by the Little Mermaid.
"I like fairy princesses and mermaids because they are pretty and clever and very brave," she said.
George Mills loves Enid Blyton's Secret Seven series. He just received the complete series for his sixth birthday.
"My favourite parts are when they go on adventures. They are all good and my mum reads them to me every night," said George from Longney.
Though George wasn't so sure if girls could be brave and there started a big debate between him and the girls.
All of the children said grown-ups read stories to them at home.
"I have to read to mummy or daddy first because I have to do what they say before they read to me," said Virginia McGee, from Eastington.
The five-year-old's favourite books are Charlie and Lola because they make her laugh.
"They're so funny. In I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato Lola has biscuits for lunch and pudding but won't eat spaghetti or fish fingers," she said.
The traditional Jack and the Beanstalk is Nicola Dunham's favourite story.
She said: "I like the big noises the giant makes. but he doesn't scare me at all."
Five-year-old Charles Barrett, from Frampton-on-Severn, loves horses which is one of the reasons he chose stories about knights as the ones he loves most.
"I like knights and castles. Knights have horses to ride on and they go very fast," he said.
His classmate Esteban Chambon, from Tuffley, shares an interests in the same sort of stories but his favourites have to include dragons. He said: "I like books about dragons, scary ones and silly ones. I'm scared of nothing so I don't worry about the scary bits."
"I'm not scared by scary books either," added Olivia.
"After all, it isn't real. It's a story."