Maria Madeley, Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils participant and teacher at Minety Primary School, tells us how she used #ReadingTeachers book, Cowgirl by G.R. Gemin to launch a book group…
We started off, my book group and I, on our first reading adventure: Cowgirl by G.R. Gemin!
We were unsure this book would be good – why would anyone want a cow in their garden and why would anyone want a friend who hung out with cows? Gradually we were introduced to the characters: Gemma, with her mean best friend, brother and grumpy mum. Then we meet her nan who we didn’t like that much either and the strange cow girl that gran seemed to like.
Some of my book group were hesitant readers but suddenly they wanted to meet not once but twice a week to read and discuss.
Gradually G.R. Gemin showed us – led by the love of a herd of cows and two school girls – people working together and developing friendship along the way. Where there once was despair and sadness, community spirt developed and as we came to know the characters our understanding of them made us like them.
Some of my book group were hesitant readers but suddenly they wanted to meet not once but twice a week to read and discuss. They enjoyed taking it in turns to read to the others and the stronger readers enjoyed answering the questions of the not-so-sure. The book helped us imagine another life and how it might feel to live it – we even felt it might be fun to have our own herd (best not mention this to the Head).
There was a certain sadness when the book was over – we felt like we had lost a friend. Luckily for us and thanks to Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils another book was on its way – inspired by Cowgirl we are now setting off on another reading journey …… thank you.
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