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Janet Maybin investigates how 10-12 year-olds use speak and literacy to build wisdom approximately their social worlds and themselves. She exhibits how young children use collaborative verbal options, tales of private adventure and the remodeled voices of others to enquire the ethical order and forge their very own identities.

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Sound of skipping along) Diddly, diddly, diddly /diddly diddly /Then she met this terrible, green dragon (roars). ’ Princess said Why are you crying, little dragon? (miserable high voice) Because I’ve got no friends I’ ll be your friend Will you? I will not eat you up Come on, I’m – let’s go cherry picking. That’s where I was going Come on. So they went cherry picking (sound of ‘la la’ skipping). Cherry picking indeed! Then (dramatic voice) – they see the dragon’s mother! ‘Oh mummy, mummy, meet my new friend, my new friend’.

2 Michelle Sharon (as dragon) Michelle Natalie (as girl) Michelle Natalie The friendly dragon, which is called Frederick. Once upon a time there was a little girl called Cinderella and she – she was playing out the front (sound of soft humming). ’ What’s your name? The story which ensues is constructed of linked domestic scenarios: giving visitors cups of tea, washing up, playing shop and mothering. Michelle continues to heavily cue Natalie, but Sharon occasionally adds a personal touch to her role as dragon.

However, Michelle’s announcement of the story title describes the dragon first as ‘live’ and then as ‘fierce’, rather than friendly (perhaps to gain Josie’s attention). Michelle and Josie recorded themselves in the ‘quiet room’, a screened 40 Children’s Voices off space next to the classroom which contained the computer, overhead projector and the class library. They told me that they wanted to make a tape for Josie’s special needs teacher. 4 1 Michelle 5 Josie (as princess) Michelle 10 Josie Michelle 15 Josie Michelle (as dragon) Josie 20 Michelle Josie Michelle 25 Josie Michelle 30 Josie Michelle Josie Michelle 35 Josie Michelle Josie Michelle 40 Cinderella and the live dragon.

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