A haven for creative literacy
A new children’s book titled Passiġġata fil-Ġungla (A Walk Through the Jungle), was recently launched at St Theresa College.
Written and illustrated entirely by the students attending the Lija-Balzan-Iklin Primary school, the book forms part of the projects financed by funding programme Kreattiv.
The inspiration for this book came when local artist Joe Farrugia depicted a life-size jungle on the walls of the college’s literacy room which is called JungleWonderland.
The room aims to offer students a space removed from the formal classroom setting, that is more conducive to literacy and creative activities. The four walls are full of illustrations of wild animals from different parts of the world.
The idea behind these murals was that reading is an activity that can take place any time of the day.
Guided by author Trevor Żahra, the children thus embarked on a fantastic, creative journey that led them to wander in different situations, places and concepts that may not even be real.
The end product comprises 25 amazing stories accompanied by original and colourful illustrations together with a photo showing the source of inspiration.
“I am sure the book will be kept jealously among the students’ treasured possessions,” said Sandra Abela, assistant head of the school.