Archive | June 4, 2014

The Beauty of the Heavens – Our Interpretation

This is our interpretation of the Beauty of the Heavens.

This artwork took us a few weeks to complete. First we used watercolor paints on waterproof paper to paint how we saw the heavens. We sprinkled salt over the painting so that it absorbed the excess water. When it was dry we brushed off as much of the salt as we could, then did our “splatter” to signify the stars. We waited a few days for our paintings to dry again. We then created our Earth (black mountains) to signify watching the heavens from Earth. We really enjoyed this activity.

We hope you enjoy our interpretations! Remember to turn up your speakers!

The Beauty of the Heavens – Our Interpretation on PhotoPeach


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We recently had the opportunity of reading an amazing new book by L. J. Carter. We were very privileged since this book is not yet available for distribution in Australia. The writer is not only a wonderful author, but also a fantastic artist. The author is the daughter in law of one of Mrs Francis’ friends, and we have therefore been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity of reading this new publication.  We also thank Ms Carter for her lovely email to us and for her encouraging words regarding our writing. We feel quite honored!

We have a long list of children waiting to read the book but these are just some reviews from students in our class who have just finished reading the novel.

” I was very fortunate to have the opportunity of reading this wonderful novel when it was not even distributed in Australia yet. When I first saw the book, I knew I would enjoy it. Oh, and I’d like to tell you that the ‘Kingdom of Lost Children’ is the longest book I have ever read. I believe that the Kingdom of Lost Children – The Book of Ren should also become a movie because of the wonderful story line. It was full of mystery and beautiful artwork and I just couldn’t put it down. I rate this book a 10/10, which means that it is one of my favorite books every! Thank you Ms Carter for your wonderful novel and the beautiful artwork!”

(by Kelly Year 5)

I would like to see this story in a movie form; it is so rich with description! I look forward to each time there is another illustration within the book that represents a part of the story. The pictures are full of colour and mysticism (another reason why it would make a great film). The story line has a lot of twists and I love getting to know the characters. Many of the scenes with the children made me laugh which is good relief from the darkness that surrounds them in their situation. The magic in this book comes alive, stirs my imagination, and becomes increasingly exciting as the story unfolds. Would love to read another one!! I would love to see another book in the series. I hope Ms. Carter you keep going in your career as an author and illustrator and that you publish another book! Great book even though I am far away from the author, I feel so lucky and privileged to be one of the first people to read her book in Australia.  Thank you Ms Carter.”      (by Julie Year 6)


It is a true privilege to read The Kingdom of Lost Children. There were so many twists so if any time I put the book down I would never know what would happen at the end. The art work in the book is AMAZING!!!! To be honest I couldn’t put the book down. The characters and the setting of the story are absolutely unbelievable.  The genre of the story is just suitable for me. I also liked how the story captured my interest and imagination from the very start. I really enjoyed reading the book. Even by just judging the cover, it still looked interesting and really captured the eye. I would read this book again and would never get bored. I would say that this story by L J Carter is quite mesmerizing and the artwork is very captivating and beautifully presented. ”     (by Tracey Year 6)


“I feel so lucky to have read such a wonderful  book that isn’t available in bookshops in Australia yet. The book was great to read; I liked it very much. The story was interesting, mysterious and captivating and it didn’t take me too long to read because I couldn’t put it down. It was one of the longest books I have ever read and enjoyed all the way through. I enjoyed reading the book a lot. I also rate this book 10/10 and I would like to thank Ms. L.J. Carter for writing such a wonderful book for young people to read.”    (by Aaron Year 6)

Hi Mrs Francis!

I’ve just finished reading the book and it blew my mind, literally. The book had a very rich and interesting plot line because for me it was the balance between reality and fantasy that had me drawn in. Although the story was meant to be serious (or so I think), I can’t help but find some parts humorous. The characters were very detailed and that made them very realistic. I find that the book has some identical events that happen in the real world. The story had me thinking of all different possible outcomes in the end. There were many plot twists that surprised me and had me captivated to the very end of the story. The artwork was very beautiful and nearly had me taking pictures. The art style suited the story line and I think Ms Carter is very creative. I also read the authors note at the end and It saddens me to even think that children are going through immense pain while we are living obliviously in our lives.To me it is a privilege to have read this book. The book has opened my eyes to see the harsh truth but has also made me realise that just a little bit of help can change a whole world sometimes.”  ~Artemis (Year 5)