What’s that you’re reading? – Vanda Laverock – Year 1 Teacher Little Downsend Leatherhead

Welcome to our latest installment of  “What’s that you’re reading?” series where we are hearing from the lovely Mrs. Vanda Laverock, Year 1 Teacher, Little Downsend Leatherhead, about her latest read.  At Downsend we adore reading and we share our passion with our pupils from very early years.

What was the last book you read? Give a brief synopsis. What’s the main message of the book?

I read a book that my daughter bought me, ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. It’s a beautiful book about friendship, love and kindness.

Would you recommend it to the Downsend community and why?

Definitely. I know we are all under pressure at the moment with hardly a moment to stop and think, let alone read a book, but this is a really lovely book that you can pick up and read from any page. There is a charming simplicity about it but it also deals with some really challenging thoughts and feelings.

Do you see elements of yourself in any of the characters?

Probably the Mole, especially when he says “If at first, you don’t succeed, have some cake.”

Did it make you cry? Or laugh? Or think?

It made me do all three.

Why/when do you read?

I read for pleasure mainly and only in the school holidays as there is no time in term time. Having said that, as a year 1 teacher, I love reading books every day to the children. For me, sharing stories and poems is one of the most enjoyable parts of teaching. I also try to read ‘The Week’ every weekend for its excellent news coverage and other interesting articles across many genres.



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