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An exclusive extract from The Elsewhere Emporium
“So… you really like it?”
“I do.” Ellie smiled.
“Great! D’you see what I’ve done? The Emporium is so huge, and before it was all so dark and gloomy and… a bit scary to be honest. So I thought, what would make people happy? What would make them comfortable? What sort of place would they want to discover and enjoy? And then I thought, well everyone loves a carnival, don’t they? So here we are. Every single Wonder in a never-ending city of tents and stalls and rides. Look, over there’s the Leap of Faith, the first Wonder I ever saw, remember?”
Ellie laughed at her friend’s enthusiasm. “‘Course I do!”
“See that one there? With the coloured flags? That’s the lion-taming room. And the big gold tent over there? There’s a maze inside made of marshmallow. If you get lost you just eat your way out.”
Daniel stopped then, fished a golden pocket watch from inside his grey suit jacket. “Blimey, look at the time! We have to open up.”
In the very centre of the Carnival of Wonders stood a wrought iron archway, hung with a familiar pair of rich red velvet curtains. When Daniel and Ellie pushed through them, the sounds and smells of the carnival, the music, the dusky caramel sky all disappeared, and they were standing in the shop front. This had been the first part of the Nowhere Emporium Daniel had ever encountered, when he’d stumbled in accidentally off the street one day, and the sight of the uncountable number of treasures, the smell of dust, polish and old books, still made him smile, took him back to those exciting early days. The changes he was making inside the Emporium were necessary. The place was too big, too hard to navigate and control, but this was the one part he would never alter. It was perfect.
Daniel walked over to Mr Silver’s old desk and opened a drawer. He brought out a book bound in stiff black leather, the title shining up at him in golden letters.
- Which picture did you like best and why?
- How do the pictures help your understanding of the story?
- Which is more difficult: to ask for forgiveness or to forgive?
- Give your reasons.
- What messages about love and forgiveness are the artists trying to communicate? How does this link to Jesus’ story of The Prodigal Son?
Look at two of the pictures from the website or other sources. Discuss similarities and differences in these pictures.
Paint your own picture or stained-glass window of the reconciliation aspect of the story. Use colour to indicate mood and atmosphere, consider the position of each character in relation to the other, and annotate it to show an understanding of how the father’s love is unconditional.
What is the structure of the Earth?
What is the role of plate tectonics in forming mountains?
How are fold mountains formed?
How are fault block mountains formed?
How are dome mountains formed?
How do mountains change over time?
The Earth is made from four distinct layers: the inner core, the outer core, the mantle and the crust. Each layer has a different thickness and is composed of different materials which have different characteristics.
The inner core is the centre. It is primarily a solid ball of iron. It has a temperature of 5500°C, which is almost as hot as the outer layer of the sun.
The outer core is composed of iron and nickel. Unlike the inner core, the outer core is liquid.
This is the thickest part of the Earth. The mantle is viscous and composed of semi-molten rock or magma.
This is the outer layer of the Earth’s surface and it is the thinnest layer. The crust is composed of solid rock and rests on the top layer of the mantle. It is up to 60km thick.
There are eight plates floating on the mantle. These are: