“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Rudyard Kipling.
There is a wealth of educational material woven into 'The Secret Adventures of Rolo' series.
My aim is to interest readers - both young and adult - in history and nature. The plucky dog witnesses history during his time travelling adventures and sometimes plays a part in making events happen!
Aside from adventures in history, Rolo saves his beloved dragon tree, witnesses a fierce storm, discovers a secret passageway, rehomes baby badgers, hatches a dragon egg and rescues mythical creatures! Follow-up creative writing ideas based on the books are freely shared with teachers and a flurry of dynamic fantasy stories are often produced in the classroom after an inspirational author experience.
Book 1 'Athelstan and the Time Tunnel;
English Civil War
Medieval village life
The Fire of Marlborough 1653
The invention of 'Cat's Eyes' 1934
History of biscuits
Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon
Book 2 'The Chilvester Passage;
The sinking of The Mary Rose
Prince Llewelyn and Gelert
Theft of the World Cup 1966
Space exploration 1960s
Bronze Age (The Amesbury Archer)
The National Gallery (art)
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Book 3 'The Dragon's Pram';
Henry Vlll and the dissolution of the Monasteries
Willow Pattern plate
Book 4 'Jewel Dog and the Dragons';
Bronze Age settlement at Must Farm
The Christmas truce of 1914 (WW1)
King Alfred of Wessex and the Vikings
The founding of the United Arab Emirates 1971
The Trojan Horse
The Cardiff dragon
Greek Mythology and Aesop's Fables
Mythical creatures including unicorns