MP Jonathan Reynolds went back to the classroom – to share one of his favourite stories with a group of youngsters as part of World Book Day.
Pupils at Arundale Primary School, in Hattersley, dressed up as some of their favourite characters, as part of the global celebration of reading.
And Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds popped in to read one of his favourite stories – the Gruffalo - to a group of youngsters.
The Gruffalo is the tale of a small mouse who takes a dangerous walk through the woods. He encounters a number of animals who want to eat him – but he manages to escape each one with his tales of the fearsome Gruffalo.
Mr Reynolds says his own children enjoy the book so much, that he wanted to share it with the pupils at Arundale.
He said: “The Gruffalo is a wonderful story about a tiny mouse which uses guile and cunning to trick the predators in the woods into believing he is the most fearsome animal.
“My children really love the story, which is a great deal of fun, both to read and to listen to. So I was delighted to be able to share it with a group of children from Arundale Primary School.
“Events like World Book Day show just how enjoyable it can be to read, whether at home or at school.
“It’s really important to inspire young children to read – not only as an end in itself, but because of the doors it will open throughout their lives.
“The staff at Arundale recognises the importance of literacy. World Book Day is just one of the ways they encourage children to read and their determination shows in the results they achieve.”
Work Book Day has been celebrated globally for the past 15 years. It is designed to encourage children to explore the pleasure of reading – and it is supported by National Book Tokens, who send out millions of book vouchers to co-incide with the campaign.
Following the visit, chair of governors Ruth Dolan said: "Reading is a real priority at Arundale. We recognise that a child who can read will have greater opportunities throughout their lives. "World Book Day is a good way of having fun at the same time as encouraging a love of reading that we hope will stay with the children."
Published 5 March, 2012