Workshop with Guo Yue & Clare Farrow

Guo Yue & Clare Farrow

In their workshop, Yue and Clare talk to the children about the story of Little Leap Forward (the characters, the illustrations, the events that happen and the choices that the characters make), the real history that inspired it (the Cultural Revolution in China, which began in 1966), and they also ask children to think about the themes of the story (nature, loss of freedom, friendship, love, compassion, creativity) in relation to their own lives and dreams. The children participate actively in terms of reading passages out loud, making their own kites (cutting, drawing, writing), learning to write ‘Kite’ in Chinese, and dressing up in Chinese costumes from the 1960s. So there is a balance between learning and doing.

 Little Leap Forward Materials needed:

  • A flipchart or whiteboard for Clare and Yue to write on.
  • White A4 paper and long coloured strips of paper, eg crepe paper or coloured art paper.
  • Pencils, coloured pencils, pens, glue and scissors for the children.


  • A selection of small musical instruments for the children
    eg. Cymbals, triangles, drums, tambourines etc.

Workshop details:

Suitable for children in Years 4, 5 and 6
Maximum numbers: 30 children
Length of workshop: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Free Gift

Children that attend a workshop will receive a FREE copy of Little Leap Forward by Guo Yue and Clare Farrow to take home with them.

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