Sunday, June 22

The launch!

Finally, the launch party for Nurse Mabel and her Amazing Fleas!

It was such a success. Better than any other launch party I have ever attended - none had the energy, excitement and sense of fun of this.   The kids were so excited, so proud and so pleased with their book. A photographer from the South London Press came along and took pictures of them, which made them even more excited.

And several mums and carers took time off work to attend as well.

This trio offered to pose for their photo!

and the children didn't have to be told to read the books.


They were pleased to see themselves and their friends in the back pages, and to recognise the parts of the text that they themselves had written.

After the children had taken a first look at the book, Vanessa talked through it with them, and they heard for the first time the story that they had all written and put together, read aloud.


We also had a cake with a Red Cross on it, and a big M for Mabel

And red party bags to finish off with, including medical themed gifts and sweets, and some pencils from the Wellcome Trust.  What a worthwhile project. I start to realise some of the feelings that teachers can get out of their job.

I really enjoyed it, and so did Vanessa and Tony, and their teacher Miss Clifford - and, most certainly, so did the kids!

Friday, June 6

Party Bags?

So what should we put in the party bags for the launch on 19 June? Most inexpensive gifts with a medical theme are a teeny bit weird (rubber gloves, anyone?)  Or they are gruesome - not that children seem to mind that.  But with 28 of them to buy for, the cost of individual gifts adds up.

I've had a look on Etsy for some ideas.... hmmm....

There's an aspirin pendant

 heartbeat trace bracelet
 brooch in the shape of an anatomical heart

and my favourite, soap in the shape of pills.  I'd get that - except that for all the kids to have a bar,  it would cost over £80.

Back to the party shop, then..