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Amanda Stephenson - Author

Amanda & Frank

I will come into your setting in role as the slightly eccentric sausage dog owner to read to your class or small group. The story is all about my sausage dog called Frank. Who doesn’t smile when they see a sausage dog? I have tried and tested this theory with my dog, Frank, on our many walks and I can honestly say that he causes a bit of a stir wherever we go!

Children will adore this loveable character who is a bit nerdy and makes learning ‘Cool’. Teachers will be able to use this book in a cross curricular way; there are links to history, geography, emotional well-being, a moral message, appreciation for what we have, healthy eating, castles, dinosaurs, space and friendships just to name just a few. We believe that this book, satisfies the criteria that many teachers will be grateful for and could easily be used in a Pie Corbett method of teaching story structure.

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How it works

What to expect on the day

Book Introduction

Step 1:

I shall show the children my book and explain briefly why I have written it. The children will be tempted with the possibility of the real Frank being able to visit them if they have listened and joined in.

I shall show the children two of Frank’s dickie bows and ask them to vote for one which they would like to see him wear.

Story Book Introduction

Step 2:
Let’s get started

I shall teach some makaton signs to help the pupils to join in with some of the story.

Interactive Story telling

Step 3:
Here we go…Interactive story telling

Lots of props to share and I might even get the staff to wear a few fabulous items of clothing!
Nothing too outrageous!
‘Big’ words are introduced.
Phone a friend

Step 4:
Phone a friend!

I shall call Frank on the dog and bone! I shall tell him how fantastic the class have been and invite him to trot in.

My wonderful assistant will bring him in to say a brief hello.

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Step 5:
Ask the Author

We can do a questions and answer session if required – depending on the age and stage of the children. I can explain my writing process.

Let’s talk money

Here’s our view

We appreciate that times are tough and school budgets are tight. We really want to come into your school and therefore do not want to make the cost prohibitive.

We also want to make money for the charities so here’s the deal…

We ask for a minimum donation of £100 per visit.
We ask you to donate this money directly onto your chosen charity from below on our behalf.
All money goes direct to them via the JustGiving Platform

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Give the children a voice

Let them decide who to donate to

Perhaps your pupils could help to decide where the school donation goes?

Maybe this book could be the launch pad for your pupils to get more involved with the charities which we support.

Who we support

Charities we love to help

We have a small select number of charities we believe in and wish to support through our work. All our profit goes direct to these charities. If you wish to support a specific charity when booking us please let us know.

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