We met Carole Phillips, Greenacres’ lovely librarian and were shown to the library, which was bright and airy and clearly a very well loved place in the heart of the school. I spoke to three groups of students from Grade 3-5; all fantastic. They knew lots about Australia and had fun telling me what they knew. They were very keen about Alice-Miranda too and I signed a huge pile of books for the students at the end of the last session.It has been great fun to test the acting abilities of some of the children as they take on the role of Jacinta Headlington-Bear, Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale’s second best tantrum thrower. We had a lot of fun with the students at Greenacres with some of the best dramatic performances of the tour to date.
It’s also been wonderful to have a lot of boys getting into the stories too – although I laughed when one boy asked quite seriously, ‘are these books for boys?’ to which I answered ‘yes, of course. There’s action and adventure and lots of mysteries’. I also told him if he was worried about the girl on the cover he could always make a new one of his own – perhaps with a dragon or something beastly on it.
There was also a television crew in the restaurant too but not to film the sports stars. They were filming a segment on another one of the waiters who had just been voted the best waiter in New York. They asked if they could film us too – of course we said yes and apparently we will be on the Bloomberg News Channel Friday morning at 7am New York time. I think we will be gone by then as we have an early start. But it was fun – we’d been in the city about an hour and already made the news! Only in NYC.When we arrived back at the hotel our room still wasn’t ready so we were offered complimentary breakfast for the duration of our stay. I didn’t mind about that at all J