'Did you do a poo on Mole's head. Well if not - then who?' The 'favourite characters' conversation has generated some lively discussion in Africa. My nine-year-old friend Josh presented a fabulous fictional character to his class in an English oral assignment recently.
The brief was to discuss his favourite animal character in a story. Without hesitation he chose Mole, from The Story Of The Little Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business, by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch.
It's a book I had given him for his third birthday, a cheeky tale of a mole trying to identify which of nature's beasts was responsible for pooping on him by investigating a myriad of spoor samples from the animal kingdom. Mole's story delighted Josh then as much as it does today.
Apparently it's a topic of hilarity and endless fascination among his cohort - poo.
His mother was worried his choice of character might kick up a stink but according to the teacher, Josh's speech brought the house down and he earned his best English grade ever.
Today's reading recommendation is enthusiastically endorsed by Grade 3 at DPHS Prep...!