Congratulations to the new children’s laureate, who was announced last week. It’s Michael Rosen, ‘best known for his collections of humorous verse for children’. Now, a lot of articles have been written about Michael Rosen in the press this week (for example, this one, and this one, and this one), but they’ve all missed one very important fact: when he was at school, he was taught by … my Mum and Dad!!
Yes, when Michael Rosen was doing his A-levels at Watford Grammar School, my Mum (Mrs Emmans) taught him French Literature, and my Dad (Mr Emmans) taught him French language.
And does Michael Rosen remember them? Yes he does! Read his reply to this post
But that’s not all. When my Mum was at school, Michael Rosen’s Dad taught her English!
And that’s not all either! Before Michael Rosen went to Watford Grammar School to do his A levels, he had been at Harrow Weald County Grammar School, which was the school where his Dad had taught and my Mum had been a pupil!
Here’s a picture of my Mum and Dad, Michael Rosen’s (and my!) former French teachers:
They must have a gift for inspiring people to grow up to write fun poems for children … given that that’s what I’ve done too!