How delightful to see the junior children sitting under our beautiful, cherry blossom trees, as they listen to a story. How fitting that our student teacher, Mrs Smith was reading them Margaret Mahy’s book The Witch in the Cherry Tree.
What a sad day yesterday to learn of Margaret Mahy’s passing. As a writer she was brilliant and so inspirational. Her loss will be felt world wide but especially here in Christchurch, where she was just so eager and willing to visit schools and attend literary events for children.
I count myself so lucky to have been involved in many of those events and been given the chance to listen to her talk. To hear her recite word perfect the whole book Bubble Trouble was totally mind blowing. The book is one big tongue twister. Amazing. A true inspiration.
Thank you, Margaret. Your legacy will continue through all the children who will carry on reading your books and find themselves enchanted with stories.
Take the time to watch these clips of some of her well known children’s picture books.