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					Children Discovering Books Author Profile – SAVIOUR PIROTTA

Saviour Pirotta (who also writes under the name Sam Godwin) has written more than sixty fiction and nonfiction books for children, and his works have been translated into ten languages. Born in Malta, he has a special interest in myths and traditional legends from around the world (his forthcoming titles include Multicultural Stories: Stories From Native North America; Multicultural Stories: Stories From China; Multicultural Stories: Stories From India, all published June 2006 by Hodder Stoughton) Saviour was born on the small Mediterranean island of Malta. His parents, both devoutly religious, named Saviour after Jesus. Biblical names and professions ran in the family; his brother is called Joseph, he has two aunt Marys' and his father was a carpenter. With such a background it may be a surprise that, as a child, Saviour preferred pirate and ghost stories to biblical ones. His granny fuelled his fascination with the pirate lore of the Maltese islands and Saviour never tired of listening to popular pirate legends. He particularly liked the gruesome ones! Sadly, at Saviour's junior school, there was no library, just a locked bookcase outside the head teacher's office. So, instead of reading stories, Saviour listened to them instead. He would sit outside on a summer's evening and hear stories from people in his village. When Saviour arrived at his secondary school he was delighted to find a brilliant library and he was soon hooked on books for the rest of his life. Five years later, Saviour knew he was going to be a writer! In 1982 he moved to England to pursue his ambition. His first job was adapting and directing a play based on Maltese pirate folklore. After this he spent eight years working as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute, visiting schools and libraries around Britain. Saviour's first book was published just four years after he embarked upon his dream of becoming
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a writer and since then he has written over sixty books, many of them bestsellers. Turtle Bay and Joy to the World, both Frances Lincoln titles, have won numerous awards and Saviour's work has been translated into fifteen languages. Saviour also writes under the name Sam Godwin, creating fun science books for five to seven year olds. A Seed in Need was awarded the English Association's Best Non-Fiction Picture Book award. Saviour has written several non-fiction books for Franklin Watts and for Orchard Books he has written The Orchard Book of Greek Myths and < from Tales Fairy Other and Princess Sleeping>. The first of these titles is a perfect introduction to Greek Myths, illustrated with bright friendly pictures by Jan Lewis. Ten of the best-loved Greek legends are retold with warmth and humour to make them easily accessible for young children. The Orchard Book of Greek Myths takes the reader into a magical world of beautiful princesses, handsome princes and wicked witches. This collection contains ten favourite fairy tales from the brothers Grimm, exquisitely illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark.

Book List – Non-fiction
Saviour writes on a wide variety of non-fiction topics, often under the penname Sam Godwin. His work has won praise for “making difficult concepts clear” (TES), and for encouraging children to question the world around them. His non-fiction work has won awards including the English Association’s Best Non-Fiction Picture Book award. The following is only a brief selection of his work – there will doubtless be other book in your library: Little Bees: All Kinds of Everything (Sam Godwin) Hard things, soft things, shiny things, stretchy things - two busy bees discover all kinds of materials when they join in the preparations for a birthday party. An engaging and beautifully illustrated information book, it features annotated illustrations to highlight concepts and a simple glossary of terms Little Bees: Which Switch Is Which? (Sam Godwin) Through humorous observations, we follow three young mice and their mother as they discover the uses and hazards of electricity. We discover how electricity comes from a power
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station and how wires carry it around our homes to give us light, to make things move, to make sound, to keep things cool and make things hot! In doing so, the book explores the principles of electricity (Science Key Stage 1) - and has a bit of fun along the way! Little Bees: Trouble With Tadpoles (Sam Godwin) A young frog follows the transformation of frog spawn into a tadpole and then a frog. This bright, charming book will delight all young children with its likeable characters and simple presentation of information. Little Bees: The Drop Goes Plop (Sam Godwin) Follow a drop of water on its epic journey as it falls out of a cloud, is swept along by a mighty river, tangles with human beings and returns back to the cloud. It provides an accessible look at the water cycle.

Book List – Historical Storybooks
The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths Accessible introduction to the famous myths for young children "Remarkable retellings of these old stories using vivid, glorious language." National Literacy Association Sister on the Street: The story of Mother Teresa Sunita is a pupil at Mother Teresa's school in India. She is shocked to hear that Mother Teresa is leaving the school. There are rumours she's returning to Europe, and Sunita must prepare herself for disillusionment over her favourite teacher. However, it turns out that Mother Teresa has left to learn how to care for the sick and dying. Sunita decides to give up her travelling plans and help Mother Teresa in the slums of Calcutta.

Mary Seacole: A Story from the Crimean War
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It is 1855 and the Crimean War is raging. Lost and hungry, young orphan boy Omar is found by Mary Seacole. Like Florence Nightingale, Mary has gone to the Crimea to nurse the soldiers. Risking her life, and with Omar's assistance, she goes to the battle front to tend the wounded and dying. From Mary, Omar learns about real bravery - and forgiveness. The Prince in the Crystal Palace This historical storybook is based on the Great Exhibition and Victorian scientific progress. The hero of the book is 10-year-old George Peel, whose Uncle Herbert is on guard duty on the building of the Crystal Palace. When in the geological island George meets a very knowledgeable gentleman.

Book List – Fairy Tales
Aesop’s Fables Saviour’s clever, imaginative reworkings of these classic tales bring ancient Greece and the character of Aesop, the freedslaveturned-master-storyteller, vividly to life. Aesop himself tells the reader all about his life as a slave and as a storyteller, and explains the events that inspired his best-loved tales. The Golden Slipper: An Ancient Egyptian Fairy Tale All over the world, for thousands of years, people have been telling fairy tales - full of magic, romance and adventure. This series brings together two stories from this rich global heritage that are strikingly alike but from different parts of the world. Ages 6+. The Enchanted Gazelle The Enchanted Gazelle is an East African tale where a gazelle uses her wits to make her master's fortune, just like when Puss in Boots wins riches for his lucky owner. The Giant Oak Tree The Giant Oak Tree is an Eastern European fairy tale, where an old couple find their fortune at the top of a magic oak tree, just as the
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hero of Jack and the Beanstalk finds riches at the top a giant bean plant. The Glass Palace The Glass Palace is an Arabian fairy tale about what happens to a girl who is forbidden to touch cotton, just as the princess in 'Sleeping Beauty' must never touch a spindle

Book List – Multicultural and Religious
Stories from the Amazon This work combines many different tales to give the reader an introduction to the Amazon and its people. Tales include hair-raising encounters with evil spirits; beautiful creation stories; tales of great heros and hunters; and the exploits of the rain forest's tricksters, and many other stories Stories from China This work collects stories from China and retells them for children. It also contains traditional stories retold in a modern setting, while combining ghost stories, creation myths, hero stories, and traditional tales. From stories of boys who turn into dragons to a hospital where there's a Hopping Ghost. Each story is introduced by a short information section that tells the reader about the place and people from which the story comes, and allows children to put the story into context. African Tales (Traditional Stories) Traditional tales from different parts of Africa are simply retold by a storyteller. The book is part of a series of traditional tales from different continents and cultures about how the earth was made, and the amazing adventures of animals and people Festival Tales: Christian Festivals
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This book explores the festivals associated with Christianity through the use of stories, poems, plays and songs. The book includes the story of the birth of Jesus, and the story of the three kings. Festival Tales: Jewish Festivals This book explores the festivals associated with Judaism through the use of stories, poems, plays and songs. The book includes stories of a curious boy and a kind rabbi, and a sick prince.

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