Reading and experience
Invite Suzanna to visit your school for a reading of Deer-lightful. The story can be presented in ways to be suitable for preschool and primary school children (5-12 year olds). 40 mins is suggested for a reading of the story followed by a practical experience of the yoga sequence and guided relaxation.
Suzanna has wonderful first hand experience of the writing, publishing and printing process which can be shared with children from a literacy perspective. An additional 20 minutes is suggested for this inspirational sharing which has the potential for many follow-through activities.
"Picture this: 50 children in class 2 sitting on shared yoga mats listening to a lovely story, so beautifully illustrated, read by the author herself. The children were in awe of a real life author in front of them and were incredibly attentive. Suzanna explained some of the interesting processes involved with writing and publishing a story and then went through the yoga positions referred to in the story during the second reading. The children absorbed many aspects of this special visit and some aspects have resurfaced recently in their Create Your Own Picture Book entries. A truly worthwhile and wonderful visit. "
Emily McKenzie Kay Year 2 class teacher, Orana Steiner School
Thank you so much for a wonderful and very interesting presentation of your book Deer-lightful and also for donating a copy of this gorgeous book to the school.
The content of your talk was very relevant as your description of why you decided write this book and the steps you took In order to create it, totally engaged the students. It’s unusual for them to see authors’ drafts and to have so clearly explained the complete process of having a book published and all the things you had to go through.
The book reading was very inspiring as are the messages in the book. Students listened and answered your questions, so I could see how engaged they were.
I was amazed how you inspired them to meditate for three minutes at about 3 pm on Friday afternoon. Few teachers would take this on and it worked. The children sat quietly and respectfully and waited for what must have seemed a long time to them at the end of a busy week.
Maura, Librarian, Telopea Park School
With Deer-lightful, Suzanna has created a magical resource that is wonderful to use with young children. When reading the book in my classes at school, and in my own home, I found that children can’t resist moving their bodies to mimic the images on each page depicting the yoga postures. In this way, the yoga manifests effortlessly as the gentle story unfolds. The combination of the story, the yoga, and the beautiful pictures invites children to nestle inwards and experience a gift that is both sweet and nourishing.
Natalie Matjala, Steiner School Class Teacher