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Se7en Celebrate World Book Day With The Green Ship…

March 8th, 2013 · 12 Comments

You all know us and how we can’t resist an opportunity to celebrate!!! We love making books memorable and today was Today was World Book Day and the perfect day to bring one of our favourites to life.


Let’s introduce our favourite picture book ever: The Green Ship by Quentin Blake:

It is the story of two youngsters that go on holiday and in a huge garden neighbouring the house they are visiting, they meet this wonderful old lady, Mrs Tredegar, and her ship. The ship is created entirely from things within the garden and it just so happens that one of our patches of garden looks like the deck of a ship. It even has two trees for masts…


With a little bit of work, the decks were clear…

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And some serious bunting making…

Pirate bunting… because our ship was all about treasure… and so pirateering…




I just cannot resist bunting!!!


And a galley… amongst the mint leaves… I predict lots of mint tea in the very near future!!!


Take a peak…




A Teepee for a cabin…


All cosy with cushions and a snack…


Snacks are fundamental…


A bowl of books…


And a round table for discussion…


And our tree mast…


And a dragonish figurehead… resting in the lavender…


With plenty of teeth…



And a fair share of eyes…


A peep through the porthole…


And a view from the prow…


We can definitely see a book and the sea…


And from above, I can see a ship at sea…


Getting ready to make dinner…


And have a literary feast… bed time stories in the great outdoors…


Hope your World Book Day was fabulous…

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Tags: Brilliant Books · Language Arts

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nita // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Looks sooo… fun, lucky children- Fab mom!

  • 2 Zoe // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I would have loved to sail on your green ship!
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  • 3 se7en // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Thanks Nita… It was in the plans for the longest time… just had to get it going!!! Hope you have a fun weekend!!!

  • 4 se7en // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Hay Zoe… Oh wouldn’t that be fun!!! We would love to have you all over for a sail!!! Hope you have a brilliant weekend!!!

  • 5 Carolyn // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    What a great idea! That looks like so much fun…for me, much less the kiddos! 🙂

  • 6 Jeana // Mar 9, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Fantastic idea!! I’m planning on making a teepee for the boys, but you have inspired me to do something similar. So fun!

  • 7 se7en // Mar 9, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Hi Jeana, It was really easy and fun and a project that I can see us adding to through time!!! My oldest son made the teepee… he loves making them!!! He uses strong elastic bands on the tops of the poles and then pegs the fabric onto it. That way we can bring the fabric in when it rains or change the fabric!!! It is a lot easier than it looks, and literally takes about ten minutes to set up!!! Hope you have a fun time!!!

  • 8 se7en // Mar 9, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Oh Carolyn, You see right through me!!! This is so much fun for me… who wouldn’t want to go rocking away on the se7en seas with a pile of books!!! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  • 9 Katja // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    What a great day you had!

  • 10 se7en // Mar 11, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Fabulous day indeed, Katja… So good to hear from you!!!

  • 11 Cindy // Jun 13, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Oh I am so glad you came by and posted a link to this post today. It’s such a quirky little book, and around here anyhow nobody has heard of it. We just adore it. And of course as an adult you “get” the whole second layer context of Mrs. Tredegar’s story, always brings me a tear.
    Your ship looks perfectly lovely!

  • 12 se7en // Jun 16, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Hay Cindy… We love that book so much and yet not a lot of folk have heard of it!!! This post was written a little while back and our “ship” has been completely over run with creative kids – honestly I love seeing what they do with their space: mud and sea shells, feathers and stones… they have a ball out there!!! Wishing you the best week ahead!!!

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