Freaky fruit, a language made up of strange symbols and a pet that might be a cross between a mouse and a lizard.
They all helped to bring Book Week Scotland alive at Auldhouse Primary.
The small rural school’s annual celebration of reading featured a fiercely competitive family quiz, breakfast with a book and a visit from one of Scotland’s leading theatre companies.
Fresh from a recent tour of ‘The Arrival’, based on Shaun Tan’s graphic novel ‘Solar Bear’, director Jon Lloyd joined pupils to discuss the moving, funny tale of a man’s journey to a strange world.
He took along some pictures and props from the play and told the young pupils how the company had transformed the novel, which has no words, into a theatre production featuring deaf and hearing actors.
“It was a delight to visit Auldhouse Primary,” he said.
“The students were like detectives, scanning the pages for clues, using their imaginations to piece the story together.
“They were brilliant to work with. It’s why we love working in schools.”
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow MP Dr Lisa Cameron donated book tokens as prizes in the school’s word wizards quiz and scavenger hunt and met the winners: Summer and Sienna Miller and Ava Abberley.
She said: “It was fantastic to meet pupils, staff and parents at Auldhouse Primary.
“The event was a great way to get everyone thinking about books and reading.”
Other activities included breakfast with a book – where families read together and enjoyed toast, cereal and fruit – and a fun workshop where parents found out more about some of the ways children learn literacy skills in primary school.
Acting head teacher Emma Alexander said: “We had an excellent time. We are grateful to Jon and Solar Bear and to Dr Cameron for their fantastic support.”
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