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Pupils in Torpoint celebrated World Book Day by reading to a dog

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

  • Torpoint Nursery and Infant school pupils with author, Veronica Lamond

  • Torpoint Nursery and Infant school pupils with Carney the dog PICS BY ANDY CAMPFIELD

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Pupils in Torpoint celebrated World Book Day with story book reading to Carney the dog and a children’s book author made a guest appearance.

The children of Torpoint Nursery and Infant School took part in different activities about how to become an author and illustrator with Veronica Lamond, author of the Landybooks series.

A special visitor, Carney the English springer spaniel visited the children and they all read him stories, including Spot the Dog and Kipper Books.

Pupils who read to Carney said: “I enjoyed reading to Carney because he listened.

“We knew he liked it because he was wagging his tail.

“I really enjoyed showing him the pictures.

“He looked at me when I was reading to him and he was smiling - I think he loved the Kipper book I was reading to him.

“Sometimes I think he was imagining himself in the story in Spot goes to school.”

The children at the school will continue to read to dogs as there is research about how this helps pupils with their confidence in reading, helping to develop their self-esteem and social skills.

According to the Torpoint Nursery and Infant School animals are ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure, listen attentively, do not laugh, judge or criticise.

Also animals allow children to proceed at their own pace and are less intimidating than another adult or child.

Elisabeth Carney-Haworth, head teacher at Torpoint Nursery and Infant School said: “It has been a fantastic day- the children loved it and they were so excited.

“The reception class showed Veronica a book they have written and illustrated which she read to them.”

Veronica shared how she writes her books and how she gets her ideas for her stories with year one, two and reception classes.

The author illustrates her own work and shared her love of drawing with the children and talked about the media she uses in her pictures.

She will be carrying on her work with the school as she begins to write a new set of books based in her home country of South Africa.

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