Stories to Make You Think by Heather Butler

Stories to Make You Think

Written by Heather Butler
Illustrated by Simon Smith


Stories to Make You Think by Heather Butler

Stories to Make You Think has been written especially for all those working or living with 6-10s who find themselves needing to talk through topical and often sensitive issues such as bereavement, bullying, family matters, spiritual awareness and self-value. Designed to stimulate discussion between adult and child, the stories are based mainly on real-life experiences and use biblical insights and thinking time to provide an accessible entry point into difficult subjects. Each story has been researched and tested at primary level and can be used either in a one-to-one situation or with a group, within the classroom or in the context of the church and family.


From RE Today - Spring 2005 This book is the third in a series of story books aimed at helping children aged 6-10 develop moral values. It contains thirteen chapters, each of which provides a story and questions to talk about on issues such as fairness, making mistakes, teasing and bullying, behaving sensibly, stranger danger and living with separated parents. It is explicitly Christian, as might be expected from an imprint of the Bible Reading Fellowship, including quotations and prayers which might be used in a Christian context - but aims to have wider appeal as a stimulus for circle time and PSHE activities in the mainstream school context. To this end it identifies links to the PSHE non statutory guidelines in the English curriculum. A short paragraph at the start of each chapter, the 'Bible link', gives useful guidance about the general theme of the story and the Christian values it explores. No links are made, however, to RE expectations or possible agreed syllabus themes. This is a shame, as many of the stories could provide engaging starting points for children to think about the relevance of biblical teaching to everyday life within RE. This is a book with good potential for use in RE for the teacher who is clear about their RE learning objectives. Teachers using it for RE will need to avoid the trap of doing a PSHE lesson thinking it's RE because the story comes from a Christian source. Clear classroom activities linked to syllabus requirements will need to be developed to ensure pupils are thinking not just about the values in the story - but also about the beliefs which lie behind them.

About the Author

Heather grew up in a vicarage, which meant her life was filled with a tapestry of random and interesting characters. But what influenced her most was her mum, who could create stories from thin air. Heather trained as a primary teacher and taught until her sons were born. They often brought toys and other objects to her to be included in bedtime stories. Her sons grew older, but Heather carried on creating, her first children's story book being published in 1996. She later wrote resources for teachers, was writer-in-residence at several schools and lead whole school story writing workshops across the UK. She discussed her book Helping Children Think About Bereavement (Routledge 2013) on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour just as Us Minus Mum was accepted for publication. It marks a return to writing fiction and is her first book with Little, Brown.

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126 pages
Interest Age: From 7


Heather Butler
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Barnabas an imprint of BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship)

Publication date

19th February 1999



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