Author starts young

December 21, 2017

Good read: Ashlee McMahon's book "What can you see?" won the Greater Shepparton story writing competition.

Orrvale Primary School’s Ashlee McMahon is now a published author after her children’s book What can you see? won the Greater Shepparton story-writing competition.

‘‘It was a lot of fun to make and I spent about week doing the illustrations for the eight-page book,’’ Ashlee said.

‘‘The story is interactive and encourages the reader to search for different items or colours on the page.’’

Orrvale Primary School Year 6 teacher Stacey Karolidis said all the senior students took part in the story-writing competition every year.

Before the council competition started, the students did the same task for their buddies in younger year groups at the school.

‘‘It’s a great creative project for the students that they look forward to,’’ Ms Karolidis said.

The book competition is an initiative of the Greater Shepparton Community Early Years Language work group, which is part of the Best Start program.

This is the fourth year the work group has run the competition, open to all Years 5 and 6 students attending school in Greater Shepparton.

The work group wanted to include a local story as part of the book bag program and to celebrate local young talent.

Almost 1000 children receive the book bag each year from their maternal and child health nurse.

Ashlee continued the school’s strong showing in the competition, with last year’s winner Tahlia Bourke and her book Who am I? also from Orrvale Primary School.

This year’s competition received 41 entries from 14 primary schools.

‘‘A copy of all 41 stories will be placed in the Shepparton library so the community can go in and have a look at the wonderful young talent we have here in Greater Shepparton,’’ Greater Shepparton City Council’s community director Kaye Thomson said.

‘‘A copy of the winning story will also be sent to every primary school in Greater Shepparton.’’

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