Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 20: Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson
In this episode Reena Bhojwani introduces her children's book "Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson". She describes the journey she took from the initial pitch to the final picture book, and outlines her objectives for young readers. Blair Reeve also joins the discussion.
Following that is the third of the four-part panel discussion with myself, Reena, Blair and Jane Houng, on books we consider to be excellent examples of children's literature and what we can learn from them as writers. In this episode we discuss The Lorax by Dr Seuss.
00:00 - The development of Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson
08:30 - Reading: "What happened, Roxy?"
43:40 - Interlude: Which Wine? by Shy Kids
45:30 - Panel Discussion: The Lorax
65:30 - Copyright information
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Reena's website - including information on Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson and Inspired Muse
Bhakti Mathur - children's author mentioned by Reena
Christina Matula-Häkli - children's author mentioned by Reena
RSA Animate: The Power of Outrospection - a talk on empathy mentioned by Simon
An overview of Bloom's Taxonomy - mentioned by Simon
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
YouTube clip of 1972 TV special of The Lorax
YouTube clip of 2012 feature film of The Lorax
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The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 20: Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson was produced by SCC Overton.
For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com
Exerpts were from Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson by Reena Bhojwani published by Inspired Muse;
and from The Lorax by Dr Seuss published by Random House.
Exerpts were also from the 1972 television special of The Lorax, produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises;
and from the 2012 feature film, The Lorax, by Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment.
Audio for the last two was sourced from YouTube and as the exerpts are for non-profit, critical and educational purposes, should qualify as fair use.
The podcast theme music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.
Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0
The interlude music was Which Wine? by Shy Kids from the album, Lofty! used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial ShareAlike 4.0 licence.
Which Wine? (Shy Kids) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
The panel discussion music was Let's Bake Something and Sunrise, two pieces from the piano cycle For Children by Béla Bartók, performed by Josephine Chan.
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Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.