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Mr Ordinary’s Prize Book

This original story illustrates the symbolism of the Manchester Coat of Arms and celebrates the qualities that make this city and the people who live in it, extraordinary.

Manchester Coat of Arms

Mr Ordinary lives in an ordinary city with his ordinary dog and doesn’t know why it’s so dull.  One day it dawns on him that someone has stolen his thinking and doing and he needs them back now!  The Stag, the Lion and the Bees hear his cries for help, but who will get to Giant Lazy’s castle first and win Mr Ordinary’s magnificent prize?

The book is based on our Little People’s History Museum interactive storytelling session, Mr Ordinary’s Prize, which explores the ideas of co-operation, friendship, messages and meanings.  The book was created as part of a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It was written by Emily Capstick and illustrated by Adam Pryce.

Schools and Sure Start centres can order a maximum of one FREE book per class.  We have a limited number of copies for other early years providers which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  To order your copy, please download and fill in the order form and return to the museum by post or email.

The story is suitable for early years to year 2.

For those further afield, you can download a pdf copy of the book.  Copies are also available for sale in our shop alongside a range of exciting merchandise, including badges and mugs.

You can book a performance of Mr Ordinary’s Prizestorytelling session for your early years group.  Please call the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email learning@phm.org.uk for more details.

Families can come and watch public performances of our storytelling sessions throughout the year.  Check out the website’s What’s On section for further details.

A case study of the Mr Ordinary’s Prize project was presented at the GEM Conference 2012.