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ERIC Number: EJ877403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
The Write Stuff
Brunt, James
Adults Learning, v16 n10 p30-31 Jun 2005
In the small ex-mining village of Langold, North Nottinghamshire, no one could have predicted the disruption a discovery of bats would cause, halting building work on the new Sure Start centre in West Bassetlaw. Further uproar ensued when it became clear that re-housing the bats would be an expensive--and, for many, a pointless--exercise. At the same time, however, it also became the obsession of a small group of parents who wanted to know why the bats were there and what attracted them to the area. This was, after all, more than a couple of bats in the rafters; it was a nursery for several species of bat. As the group began to learn more about their local history and environment, they began discussing ways in which they could share this new local knowledge with their children and, eventually, decided to write a children's story: a story that would help parents pass on local knowledge and give children a sense of their own community at an early age; a story that would encourage parents to read, and share their own stories of Langold with their children. With support from the newly-opened Sure Start centre, and with the bats safely tucked up in their new specially-built bat barn next door, the group wrote "Billy the Bat from Bassetlaw". It tells the story of Billy, a baby born at the Sure Start "bat barn", and his adventures during his first flight around Langold Lake and woods. This article describes how the parents' learning journey saw them write, illustrate, and print a children's book that can now be found in the British Library.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)