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The Scarecrow

Watch this short video.

What messages do you think it is sending the viewers?

Does it fit in with our healthy eating studies?

Have you ever stopped to think about the food we eat

and where it actually comes from?

How does the scarecrow feel and how do these feelings change

as he travels through the story?

How does this short video make you feel?

Does it make you more aware of what’s going on in the food industry?

Is this a persuasive advertisement for or against fast food?

Or is the video just as advertisement for a new food chain?

MIA Animation Film: ‘The Catch’. Directors: Scott McWhinnie and Josh Carroll

This story comes courtesy of MIA Animation, and we thank them for providing this excellent short movie to help us with our Visual Literacy and Creative Writing. ‘The Catch’ is a senior year project directed by Scott McWhinnie and Josh Carroll from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota. “The Catch” is about a young fisherman’s encounter with a fox that leads to an unexpected journey of discovery. It is a journey of discovery which leads to the young fisherman being able to hold his head up high….

We hope you enjoy watching this short film.

Visual Literacy: ‘Lighthouse’ (Animation) – Charlie Short & Ming Hsiung

Recently, we have been spending some time concentrating

on our comprehension and our writing.

This week we have been learning about Cause and Effect and Predicting, just two of our comprehension strategies. To help us, we watched a beautiful short film by Charlie Short and Ming Hsiung, called Lighthouse. This short movie, Lighthouse, was full of many events centered around Cause and Effect, as well as Predicting. 

When we finished watching, we discussed the movie, including the type of music and the lighting used. We then wrote words for the movie, and created our own short story picture books.

We really enjoyed the short movie clip. This short movie was about many things, especially about responsibility, and what it means to do the right thing. The lighthouse keeper was responsible for keeping the lighthouse operating. He was responsible for the safety of the passing ships.  He is devastated when things don’t go to plan. The Lighthouse is also a short movie about ‘pitching in’ and helping others. It is all about what can be achieved when everyone helps out.

We hope you enjoy watching the movie, and reading our short stories about the Lighthouse.

Congratulations to Shayla, Aaron and Christian for having their illustrated short stories published on the blog!

REMEMBER: The movie is included in the PowerPoint below.

What did you like the most about the movie?

How did the music add to the suspense?

How did the facial expressions of the lighthouse keeper

tell you what was going to happen?

Were you able to predict what was going to happen,

before you watched the entire movie?

How many different causes did you spot in the movie,

and what were the effects?

Write back and tell me what you thought.

We invite you to read our stories, and welcome your comments. 

Kingdom of Lost Children – Links to the Official Website

Dear M/s Carter,

We received your beautiful artwork this week and the children in our class have been absolutely blown away by the stunning and colourful designs.  We can hardly wait to start using them to help us with our creative writing. The bookmarks are very special and will be treasured by each and every child.

We have now included your official website on our blog.

Visitors can just go to the links

in the right hand column of our blog,

or to this post linked under Literature and Reviews.

These are direct links

and hopefully people can go to your website

to find out more about your wonderful book.

Kingdom of Lost Children – the book of Ren


Kingdom of Lost Children – Official Website

M/s Carter we would like to say

a very big thank you

from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness,

and for sending us your beautiful artwork. 

We are indeed very privileged and feel quite honoured

to have received these beautiful pieces and the lovely bookmarks.

From  5/6 Francis

Here are some of the children’s words of gratitude about your book. The remainder are in the comments.

Dear Ms Carter, After I read the book I was waiting in excitement for you to send us your beautifully created artwork. I am still waiting in pure anticipation for our personalised pieces of art. I hope it’s not too much to do since I’m sure you are very busy. I’m grateful that you have made time for us. I hear that we are using your artwork to do visual literacy next term and I can’t wait! Once again, I’m honoured to have read this book that is not even out in Australia yet. I’ll have to read about what we can do to help those poor children. I have to say that to everybody I know, to spread the word. ~Artemis

Dear Ms Carter, Thank you so much for your AMAZING book; it really has been an honour to read it. I really have enjoyed every single word. Thank you for your fantastic book marks and wonderful pictures that you have sent all the way from Hong Kong. You are a fantastic writer and artist. Once again thank you so much for you AMAZING book marks and drawings. (Joanna)

Dear Mrs Carter, Your artwork looks so realistic!! The pictures look amazing, so real and so beautiful! Thank you for sending us your bookmarks and pictures! Are you going to write another book? Good luck if you will! I hope you will. (Eric)

Dear Ms Carter  Mrs Francis showed us your awesome artworks; you are a professional at drawing. I can’t wait to read it, I know it’s going to be the best book in Australia because the people in our class enjoyed it and I am really, really excited to read it soon. (Roshan)

Dear Ms Carter
I haven’t read the book but I’m waiting for my turn to read the book. I think that the artwork is really good and thank you for the bookmarks. (Vincent)

Hi Ms Carter,  Thank you for the lovely bookmarks and the amazing pictures, we are taking turns on reading your great book! And your artwork is wonderful! We are all excited to read the book and use your lovely bookmarks. (Samantha)

Dear Ms Carter We thank you so much for your beautiful artwork and those lovely bookmarks! I can’t wait until it’s my turn to read Kingdom of Lost Children. I hope you enjoy reading our comments! (Christian)

Dear M/s Carter, Mrs Francis showed the class your fantastic book and since I haven’t read it I am desperate to read it. I would like to say thank you for sending photos of the book to Mrs Francis’ Class and thank you for your hard work on the all the things you sent us like the bookmarks, A4 pictures and the A5 pictures of the book!!!!!!!  (Kyle)

Ms Carter Thank you for the Kingdom of Lost Children and for the bookmarks and the fascinating pieces of art. I haven’t yet read the Kingdom of Lost Children but I think if I do I’ll be crazy about it. I think the people that have read the book must be really lucky. I have heard that all the people who read it said it was great and amazing. I’m really looking forward to reading this beautiful and fascinating book!  (Kimi )

Dear Ms Carter, This is a great honor to read your book and to be in Mrs Francis’ class. I really would like to thank you, Ms Carter, for all your efforts and all the trouble you went to for the artwork and bookmarks that you delivered for our class this year! I think it will be good for visual literacy. Another thanks to Ms Carter for everything! (Julie)

Hi Ms Carter, Thank you for the bookmarks and pictures for the book called Kingdom of Lost Children. Mrs Francis showed us the pictures and bookmarks, the illustrations were amazing! When I went to language school a parent said that the book was truly amazing. Thank you for the book again! (Christine)

 Hi Ms Carter,
Thank you very much for the pictures that you have sent us. The bookmarks will be treasured very dearly. I really did enjoy this book. The artwork was amazing. In this book there were a lot of imaginary places and creatures. This was one of the things that made this book so interesting. One of my favourite pictures is ‘The Battle’ because of the way it is drawn and how it shows the character’s feelings. This book also had a lot of depth in it because it talked about how children are being treated and how they want to be free to live their own life. Also it tells us that no adult has the right to kidnap children away from their families. One of the things that I find important in the society is that we all should never lose hope, no matter what the outcomes may be. Anyway Ms Carter I really enjoy this story and I can keep reading it and never get tired of it. (Tracey)

Dear Ms Carter, It was a great privilege to read the book. I was so excited to read it at first. I knew there would be something special about the book. It was deeply expressed, with such beautifully-drawn pictures. I loved the pictures the most, they were so meaningful! Thank you so much Ms Carter for the artwork that you gave us! They were truly beautiful! I will remember those special moments when I read the book forever. Thank you!! (Kelly)


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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)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

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Today all the 5/6 students had the opportunity of going to the Melbourne Town Hall to listen to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. During our music lessons we have been studying the orchestra, and the various parts that make up the orchestra.  This excursion was part of our study. We shared this wonderful experience with many other Melbourne Schools. We were completely captivated by the talents of everyone from the very first note. It was an exciting event and one that we will treasure for a long time.

The show was called Meet the Orchestra. The empty stage, slowly filled with the musicians as we waited patiently for the show to commence.  Eventually the full orchestra was assembled.  The conductor introduced us all to each part of the orchestra.Having the musicians dressed in colour-coded T-shirts helped us see exactly where instruments from the same family were assembled. The music showcased Australian composers. We were captivated by the wonderful music which transported us to Kakadu, with the sound of birds in flight and then along the train tracks with the rhythmic sound of a train on tracks. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the show, especially when the audience was asked to take part with a body percussion song and singing.