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  • PDF | Unknown pages
  • Ashton Scholastic (1994)
  • English
  • 4
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  • By Tui Allen on June 18, 2014

    In all my years of relief teaching in NZ schools, I tried never to enter a classroom of children aged over eight without this book in my box of tricks. It is one of children's literature's best kept secrets. Every story is genius but one of my favourites is "The Well." This story deals with death in the most human and imaginative and reassuring way. No religion - just warmth and great storytelling. Once you have the kids listening to this one, you can guarantee you will have no behaviour problems from that class until the story is over. If you read it well enough you could have the children in the palm of your hand for the rest of the day."The Sea of Peace" is another fascinating read. It stimulated so many amazing class discussions on the topics of ghosts and love and reincarnation that I've lost count.There is one story in here that I rarely read aloud to a class - the title story "Beyond the River" itself. The reason I don't read it often is that it moves me so much I cannot help crying and it's a little embarrassing to be in front of a class of children who don't know you and have tears pouring down your face. The story creates the most profound feeling of reverence for life and landscape, and the flow of water, it is a lyrical masterpiece.I have no such problem with the story "Ghost Town" which I love reading aloud and have perfected my delivery of the SCREAM at the climactic moment so that the kids all jump like mad when it happens. Once the teacher in the room next door came rushing in to make sure I was okay - she knew I was a relief teacher in a difficult class. She thought the kids were murdering me - but no. They were just listening with all their ears.This book deserves to be one of New Zealand's most famous short story collections. It is written by one of our most beloved children's authors and deserves to sell by the truckload.


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