The Linton Children’s Book Festival takes place this weekend, in the beautiful English village of Linton, not far from Cambridge. I was invited to introduce DONG Yanan’s book Express Delivery from Dinosaur World yesterday, and the event was fully booked! 32 young readers (some as young as two years old) came along with their parents.
The event took place at the Linton Village College. There were eight tables in our room, and pencils and paper available on each. There was a lot of spontaneous drawing of dinosaurs!
After a very brief introduction, we moved on to three key activities. The first two were from Dong Yanan’s book.
Activity 1: Cross the Dinosaur Mountain – looking for creatures in the mountains
Activity 2: Spot the Difference
The third activity was a puzzle about the names of dinosaurs. Each group had a packet with pieces of paper relating to eight dinosaurs: a picture of the dinosaur, its scientific name, the meaning of its scientific name, its Chinese name, and the individual characters in the Chinese name. Could the groups arrange the pieces of paper into eight groups? No problem! I’ve created language/translation based activities like this one before, and it’s amazing to see how people approach the task in very different ways.
Most groups started with Triceratops, because they know (or can guess) that it means “three horned head”.
When they see how the Chinese names for dinosaurs are constructed, they can then invent their own. And here is the first picture ever of the Tesanyilong 特三翼龙 the “special three-winged dinosaur” created at the Linton Children’s Book Festival on 19 February 2018.