Tamarind and the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan
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For readers aged around 9 – 12 years who are enjoying chapter books and are ready for more challenging stories.
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You’ll also receive a card of creative prompts to inspire your own writing, drawing or making with ideas that spring from the book.
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All subscriptions include a free notebook or sketchbook with your first month! You decide which you would prefer during checkout.
Each creative prompt card includes at least 4 ideas, for example:
- Creating a story or poem inspired by the themes, language or characters in the book, and some steps to get you started.
- Suggestions for creating art work based on ideas in the book– you might draw costumes for the characters, or create atmospheric paintings from details in the story.
- A recipe for a fantastic feast featured in the story, so you can enjoy your own edible treats alongside the characters
- Ideas to prompt your inner actor or playwright to imagine what happens next after you close the book
– the list is endless, it all depends on what creative connections the book itself sparks!
You don’t need any special art supplies or equipment to take part in the activities – just your amazing brain and regular things you’d find at home, such as pens, crayons, paper and glue.
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