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In Literacy we have been looking at the story of Tom's Midnight Garden. The children have been looking at different Literacy features that they can use in their own mythical tale.
Tom’s Midnight Garden – a mythical tale (Focus: Sentence starters)
Tom Long, a young schoolboy, had his summer holiday spoilt when his brother (Peter) contracted measles. Reluctantly, Tom was packed off to stay with his aunt and uncle who lived in a cramped flat with no garden. Marooned without friends, with only an old woman in the upstairs flat as company, Tom felt alone and starved of fun. However, his disappointment was quickly replaced by wonder. To his surprise, one night, the old and erratic grandfather clock, that stood in the shadows in the hall downstairs, caught his attention. On further investigation, Tom discovered something quite unusual; at midnight, it struck thirteen.
The following night, compelled to investigate, Tom got out of bed nervously. To his surprise, the small flat had transformed into a manor and the paved backyard had morphed into a sprawling country garden in full bloom! As he explored further, Tom found himself some playmates. Four children dressed in old-fashioned clothes lived in this grand house with the magnificent garden: three boys and a girl. Unfortunately for Tom, who would have liked to have played with James, it was only the girl, Hatty who would speak to him.
Tom had so much fun that he would return to the garden each night so that he could see Hatty. As the seasons changed, their relationship flourished. Tom spent hours and hours in the garden however when he returned back home he realised he was only gone for a few minutes. The unlikely duo cherished their time together; often climbing trees and exploring. Tom and Hatty loved to go on adventures together but there were occasions when their exploring got them into trouble.
In one of his many visits, the pair watched birds fly from high up on a garden wall. Tom discovered that in this world he did not fear heights as he could not feel anything - not even the cold. Whilst he was up on the wall with Hatty, Abel (the gardener) spotted them and hastily urged Hatty to get down, place her hand on the bible and promise never to go onto the wall again. Tom was left mystified. Similarly, he noticed that with every visit he made, Hatty became gradually older. The young girl Tom once knew was becoming a young woman.
One day he returned to the garden on the thirteenth strike, as usual, to find a plain backyard. Devastated, Tom discovered that the garden had vanished. The world he had grown to love more than his own was destroyed. The realisation that Hatty had gone left him heartbroken.