Monday, 6 August 2012

Bunnies and Magpies and Snakes! Oh, My!

After a brief interlude to celebrate the book launch of Ten Tiny Things, we return to our regularly scheduled celebration of the many tiny things around us.

Today's pictures come from a recent school holiday adventure. Matilda (6), Joseph (8), Pippa (10) and Nadya (10) visited a park south of Perth for a last play before Term 3 began. Here's what they found ...

Matilda: Look! A funny tiny note left behind by another kid.

Joseph: It's an annoying magpie which always went around the food.

Matilda: It looks like a bunny with an ear and an eye. It's really the gate lock though.

Matilda: Stripy sand. It looks like a tractor drove through here ...

Matilda: The fence looks like a snake's skin when you look closely.

Pippa and Nadya: This slimy worm in the sandpit looks like a little U. 
Joseph: or a mini banana.
Matilda: or a little smile.

Pippa: Nadya's little sand sculpture and a tiny stone we found when we were digging. We're leaving them for the next park visitors to find. 

Matilda: It's a brown tiny nut with a cross on it like X marks the spot.

Joseph: The end of a trunk of a tree that has been completely chopped down. It looks like there's an eye there. It's a good shoe size for stepping onto.

Matilda: This is a bit like a picture-book picture. It's a tree that grew out of a nest.

We love the way the gate lock turned into a bunny. It's amazing how things can change when you look at them in a different way. We're going to see that bunny every time we go through a gate now!

It's interesting that you saw so many different things in the slimy worm. I bet he had no idea he was so fascinating!

And the picture-book tree is brilliant - we love how you've begun imagining a story around it. That's very similar to the way Meg writes her stories - taking something around her and spinning it in an unexpected way. Maybe this tree will find itself in the middle of someone's story one day?

Thanks so much for sending in your photos. Even though school's back now, we hope you can still find chances to go out walking sometimes.


  1. Maybe the nest is really a crater, and it's a lav(a)tree?

  2. Clever! I don't know which idea is more appealing - a tree growing from a nest or a tree rocketed from the centre of the earth? They would tell very different stories, I think - one quiet and thoughtful and one faster-paced, with explosions (and lavatory humour?)!