I have a fond place in my heart for the old Burnside Homes on Pennant Hills Road in North Parramatta, NSW. They have such a rich history and I feel privileged to have been enabled to glimpse the personal stories of past residents by my various roles in the After Care program over the years. So it was with great pleasure I visited the Airlie building on Monday (24.8.15), to read When I See Grandma to two gorgeous gatherings of preschoolers.
What I found inside this old building was a modern and well set up preschool with warm, professional teachers committed to best practice. It was an inviting, welcoming and culturally sensitive space and I was made to feel very comfortable. This all made for an engaging, fun and relaxed visit in which the children responded with genuine enthusiasm. What more could an author want?!
I followed When I See Grandma with My Nanna is a Ninja (illustrated by Peter Carnavas and written by Damon Young) for a bit of light-hearted balance. I was chuffed to hear them divided as to their favourite story of the day!
Hooray for Book Week! And thank you Airlie Preschool for celebrating it with me!
You can hear past residents from Burnside talk about their childhood at the Homes at: www.burnside.org.au/stories