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Through our promotions and recommendations for Korean Dramas, Poh Kim successfully elicited a strong preference for Korean Dramas in Singapore and, from then on, Korean Drama became famous and widely accepted in Singapore. The drama tells the story of Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji-won), a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses, and Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection. Any other names used on this website may be trademarks of their respective owners, which we fully respect. To celebrate the introduction of a new garden at Chauffeurs Cottage Metal will be showing The Secret Garden featuring Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter).
Jackie Kay (author and poet), Lemn Sissay (poet – former Writer in Residence at the South Bank). A few years ago I visited the Foundling Museum in London – the foundation that Thomas Coram set up in 18th Century with backing and support from Handel and Hogarth and other famous artists who were concerned about the fate of the many extremely poor and abandoned children.
I had seen the cabinet holding the tokens that mothers left when they left their children – The following matter-of-fact explanation taken from Wikipedia does not attempt to convey how moving it is to see these tiny, simple tokens. EXTRACT from WIKIPEDIA: “Foundling tokens (coins, a button, jewellery, a poem) were given by mothers leaving their babies, allowing the Foundling Hospital to match a mother with her child should she ever come back to claim it. In February 2016 a friend drew my attention to an exhibition entitled “Drawing on Childhood”. And here is Mabel Lucy Atwell’s illustration of the scene where Wendy reads to the Lost Boys.
I was interested to discover that in 2015 a graphic novel version of Peter Pan by Stref was published.
I imagine that most readers of this blog will be able to think of many stories about orphans. There is far more interest and I have heard that there is more help for adopted and looked-after children nowadays.
This entry was posted in Books, Sundry reflections and tagged "looked after children", Heidi, illustrations, Madeline by Ludwig Bertelman, Peter Pan, Roald Dahl, Tracy Beaker on April 28, 2016 by Odette Elliott. Follow-on from a blog post about Children’s books, including some books about different countries around the world.
As I said in the last blog post, Lucy pointed out that I had mis-remembered some of the books our children read when they were young.
However, Anna agreed that I had remembered correctly that she hardly read any stories until the summer after her GCSEs. Currently, Nicola Morgan a very respected author, is what she might call ‘banging the drum’ that non-fiction also has a place alongside imaginative fiction and that it is equally valid. I know this is not meant to be a literary blog and anyway, many people may not ever have known that there has been prejudice against children concentrating on non-fiction.
I believe I have mentioned before Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith’s “The Great Big Book of Families”.
This entry was posted in Books, Family History, Statement, Sundry reflections and tagged Nicola Morgan, non-fiction, Sammy's Christmas Workshop, Society of Authors, The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith on December 21, 2015 by Odette Elliott.
I thought that I had an excellent recall of our children’s activities (those that I ever heard about!), their likes etc. I thought that they did not like reading books such as “Ballet Shoes”, “Swallows and Amazons” etc, but Lucy tells me that SHE did. Maybe, when I think of books liked by an earlier generation, I’m on safer ground if I try and remember more books that I was encouraged to read by my mother and grandmother.
My mother absorbed a strange notion of the day, that Enid Blyton books were not “well-written” and she would not let me read them. Our family was partly French and I was encouraged to read French from an early age There was a wonderful picture book about the life of a duck entitled “Plouf le Canard”. A non-book related memory: I remember visiting my great-grandfather when I was a child and being introduced to his grey parrot. This entry was posted in Books, Family History, Statement, Sundry reflections and tagged "La Cathedrale Engloutie", "Les Malheures de Sophie", "Les Memoires d'un Elephant Blanc, "Plouf le canard", Dimsie by Dorita Fairlie Bruce, Enid Blyton, Five Children and It on December 7, 2015 by Odette Elliott. My best friend at school was adopted and maybe that is why I was always attracted to stories about children who were looked after by adoptive or foster families.
One thing so amazing about life today in the internet age, is that one can discover so many things and learn so many things.
My grandmother used to read me the old story “Little Lord Fauntleroy” and we enjoyed reading it together.   I felt so sorry for little Cedric, as he was not allowed to see his beloved mother. Fortunately for this small blog entry, I do remember reading one story about an adopted child to Sam, our older son.
An author or an artist never really knows all the people who have been touched by their book or their work of art.
This reflection tunes in with something I am reading at present – a collection of letters written by an excellent artist Jan Daum.
Jan Daum was born in Indonesia in 1892 and studied in Haarlem and the Royal College of Art in London. This entry was posted in Books, Family History, Grandchildren, Statement, Sundry reflections and tagged "Jam Tomorrow" byMonica Redlich, artists, Heidi, Jan Daum, Noel Streatfeild, Secret Garden, stories on November 23, 2015 by Odette Elliott. When something or someone strikes a chord with you and you can feel “proud” + Black History Month. I know that some people think Black History Month is a bit artificial and it would be better if we could celebrate achievements of black people all the year round.
When we were bringing up our boys we tried to expose them to all kinds of literature and artistic events. We also read to our boys poems by John Agard and James Berry.   We felt that they would be interested in the fact that they are black poets.
I was certainly impressed when Sam’s school invited Benjamin Zephaniah to talk to the students.
I was interested today when the grown-up Jah sounded so pleased that the Jamaican writer Marlon James has won the Man Booker Prize. Even if they don’t read the book “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James, I imagine that many people will feel “proud” that a Jamaican writer has won such a prestigious prize. This entry was posted in Books, Statement, Sundry reflections and tagged Benjamin Zephaniah, Black History Month, James Berry, John Agard, Man Booker Prize, Marlon James on October 19, 2015 by Odette Elliott.
Before I write a New Year’s Monday Morning blog next week, I just want to say “Thank you” to Lenny Henry for his guest-editing of the Today Programme Radio 4, today Tuesday 30th December 2014.

He highlighted the lack of diversity in the television industry and among writers on television. This entry was posted in Books, Grandchildren, Statement, Sundry reflections and tagged comics, diversity in the television industry, Lenny Henry, Malorie Blackman, Patrice and John Aggs, The Traiding Floors of the City on December 30, 2014 by Odette Elliott.
We went through the usual attempts at positive affirmation and I also went to his school teacher and suggested books that she could read to the whole class – books that featured black and mixed race children.
Sam played wonderfully with Jah, but sometimes he was out with friends and the big sisters were around to keep him company.  They played games with Jah and read him stories.
This entry was posted in Books, Family History, Sundry reflections and tagged books on adoption, England's Black Footballers, playing cricket, positive affirmation on November 25, 2014 by Odette Elliott.
In 2011 I was due to visit my granddaughter’s school and talk about my latest picture book.
Later I overheard her playing with her various dolls and she said very matter-of-factly “That doll is adopted. I am looking forward to buying a copy of a new book by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith, entitled “The Great Big Book of Families” published by Frances Lincoln Limited . As I understand it, the book mentions every possible kind of family, with combinations of step-families, fostered children, adopted children, single parents, families with two mums, two dads, children of all different colours.
This entry was posted in Books, Statement and tagged "The Big Book of Feelings", "Welcome to the Family" by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith, are children always 'colour-blind'?, Frances Lincoln Limited, Mary Hoffman, RosAsquith, talking about adoption, The Great Big Book of Families on September 15, 2014 by Odette Elliott. I replied that I had spent a few years writing and then re-writing a Memoir entitled “A Rock for Jah – a personal account of inter-racial adoption”, but that I have never received an offer of publication. One day about a year and a half ago, a friend suggested that a blog might reach a wider audience than a published book.
Now I am enjoying writing the blog and it is good to know that people appear to be reading it in over 50 countries – that is if Counterize statistics are to be believed. It has suddenly occurred to me that ‘A Rock for Jah’ could be a good subject for a touching poem, but since I have not written poetry for simply ages, I don’t think that would work. As things have turned out, as I said above, I am now enjoying writing this blog and also have more children’s stories that I want to write. This entry was posted in Books, Family History and tagged A Rock for Jah, Andrew Collins, blog, grandmothers, Margaret Forster, Memoir, slef-publishing on July 21, 2014 by Odette Elliott.
When I went out with Jah into the city centre of Leicester, not only did I receive criticism about his name, but also about his hair, his matted locks – again always from black people.
Some people view Afro-Caribbean hair with less enthusiasm.  They record the struggle they have had over tangled hair and the long process of having the hair put in plaits.
For global people who are mixed race, belong to a mixed race family, are starting a mixed race family or who are from the global human race and are interested in learning more about the experiences of global mixed race families. Recent CommentsOdette Elliott on Thinking about children’s books around Christmas time (continued). Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
In the past 4 years, Poh Kim has focused our attention on marketing Korean Dramas and as a result, has built a wide customer base of Korean Dramas and Movies lovers. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him.
It was an exhibition that featured the work of major illustrators from the eighteenth century to the present day, who have created powerful images of characters in fiction who are orphaned, adopted, fostered or found. It showed a variety of illustrations, sometimes by different illustrators of famous books, such as ‘Peter Pan’. However, here I hope I can point to some books that might be of interest to people who wish to share with children some information and interest in other countries. A few days ago a friend said that she found one of my long-ago-published stories in a doctor’s waiting room. However, Lucy tells me that I got it wrong about the children’s stories I mentioned in my last blog post. However, naturally I was intrigued and borrowed them from friends whenever I could and I LOVED them. This enabled me as I enjoyed the pictures and simple story, to learn about the life story of a duck. This story took me to a fascinating country where my uncle lived for over 20 years – India. Recently one reader asked whether I have seen the recent list published in The Guardian of 10 best books about adoption? If ONLY we had had this resource long ago, I think we could have found more books on adoption, or indeed more help of any other kind when we were bringing up our children. I felt so sad for her when she had to leave the mountain, her kind grandfather and go and stay in the strange big city. None of the above stories interested our children particularly, although I am sure they would have enjoyed watching some of the modern day films made of the stories e.g. I have been reflecting on the various interesting events during Black History Month and wondered what to write.
However, I think many of the events planned will be informative, inspirational and enjoyable for all. I think they were, although as black British boys they were not familiar with patois, or settings that were 100% Caribbean. I am sure it would have always been so, even if we had not adopted two boys from a Caribbean background.
She read up about the effects of deprivation in the early years of a child’s development and I was able to have many interesting conversations with her. As far as I could see, his skin was white anyway, but I caught him scrubbing his little arms ferociously. Recently she ran over to me at a playpark and said “Grandma, I’m going on the slide with my new friend”.
I got the distinct impression that they disapproved of my granddaughter saying this, but I can’t think why. It should be an enjoyable and very worthwhile resource in homes and certainly in all schools. A Life Story Book is a kind of scrapbook, outlining an adopted or fostered child’s own particular story.

It is because on the first occasion we met little Jah, he came and peered slightly anxiously at a photo we had brought along of our three children. There are wonderful writers who can write about nearly anything and get their work published and enjoyed by many. It is very entertaining and the title so cleverly shows how his memoir is going to buck the trend and be different. They all normally had curly hair, but someone had brought a hair-straightener with them and one by one each teenager appeared with unusually straight hair. We had to find out things bit by bit.  We were fortunate to have eventually discovered the Harmony group.
To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies. For example Mabel Lucy Atwell’s illustrations were quite different in tone from earlier artists. The walls are covered with clearly printed names of people who were either adopted or fostered – ‘Looked After’. When we discovered that Anna loved funny poems, riddles and non-fiction, we were able to share our love of words with her in the way that suited her best. I had to stay in a cold lavatory to read them and then hide them under the mattress in case they were discovered!
On the other hand, I believe he was young when many archaeological discoveries were made in Egypt and he had some comics describing all these incredible artefacts. Today I entered “10 best books on Adoption” into the search engine and several lists came up – very informative. He was born well before the Facebook and self-promotion age, but someone somewhere has taken the time to put out information about him on the world wide web. A specific month ensures that talented black people can be celebrated at least once a year – clearly not enough but better than not at all. It was a book of Nursery Rhymes chosen by Rosemary Stones and Andrew Mann and illustrated by Dan Jones.
However, as I wrote on Twitter, a mother and son team Patrice and John Aggs would certainly have been worth a mention. Naturally I mentioned how our two adoptive sons enriched their lives, as well as where I saw the big sisters were being helpful. I knew that the Chinese women usually carried a parasol, to avoid getting suntanned but I was very surprised to see that a small boy would ever think about that. It seemed a good time to explain to her about adoption, as I thought that some older children at the school would say that I could not be her grandmother. For example, Margaret Forster has written many books about her family, including one about the death of her father at the age of 90 and her sister in law at about half that age – see “Precious Lives”, published by Vintage 1999. I had toiled long over this poem, but the reply came back that they thought some phrases had been copied from elsewhere.
However, even though this may not please many writers and lovers of these books, I did NOT like them. Then there was a story about a town in France that was flooded – maybe in order to make a dam. However, he was a good friend of my great-aunt and many branches of our family have some of his paintings and they continue to bring great delight to all who look at them. Sometimes the colour difference is not important or relevant, but equally I believe that sometimes it is worth noting. My critique group also give me the impression that adoption and a Life Story book are very difficult and delicate subjects to raise, especially in a classroom. Personally I missed their naturally curly locks.  I thought they looked much prettier before.
I took exception to the fact that the big brothers always seemed to lord it over the sisters. Children can graduate from them to “better-written” stories and the enjoyment they derive from her stories is excellent.
Two young Canadian cousins had to come over and live in a vicarage with their English cousins because their parents had died.
I believe that children’s literature is extremely important – NOT an inferior branch of literature. Perhaps “The Great Big Book of Families” will free people up to discuss variety in families.
I hope that today people would be more careful in responding to young people, not accusing them of plagiarism and trampling on their dreams.
I think if I were an adopted person I would have liked sitting there and I think I would have just soaked up the general atmosphere and the effect of all those names. I have seen children totally engrossed in Enid Blyton stories on the underground, so engrossed that they are almost still reading them as they step off the train. By the time you are eight, you have probably worked out that white people usually have white children and mixed-race couples have children who look a bit like either parent.
I had not noticed that before, but he must have had a deep need to belong somewhere and he pointed to that little rock and said simply “There’s a rock for Jah”.His deep need to belong somewhere touched the hearts of everyone present who heard his little voice. I suppose it must have been reasonably successful to be published in paperback as well as hardback, but I am simply musing over the fact that a work of art can have great value even if it does not hit “the big time”. Since children’s literature is one of my passions, I could also list many other writers but I know that one programme cannot cover everything that one would wish. At that moment, perhaps she thought it a good idea to explain the colour difference to her new playmate. Presumably she felt the need to explain about me just then, although I have never known her do so before. Dokladamy staran, aby zamieszczone daty byly dokladne, nie gwarantujemy jednak, ze sa one precyzyjne i nie ponosimy odpowiedzialnosci za bledy powstale w wyniku wykorzystania potencjalnie niepoprawnych dat.

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