Girls in the Reception class were completely captivated as Mrs Barnes, Thornton’s librarian, read ‘I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello’ to them.
'I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello', by Barbara S Garriel, is a funny story, similar to ‘There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly’, encouraging a lot of participation as the girls held up large pictures of individual musical instruments, at just the right time, as the story progresses. They were also particularly enthusiastic in bellowing ‘bellow’ at relevant points during the reading too!
The girls also had the added bonus of holding a cello and bow for the first time. Quite a challenge at their age and a challenge they met admirably.