A FEW PEEKS--

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KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW--Summer’s smells, sounds, rhythms, and rituals unspool luxuriantly....when “days stretch out like a slow yawn,” when “bumblebees bumble,” and “every day is like a Saturday.” ... the final day of class, a lemonade stand... July 4th parade and fireworks, camping and cooling off at a lake.... a swirling pack of friends...all scarlet-cheeked from sunny afternoons... deeply understood by children...soft summer scenes ..fantastic freeze-frames of fun... their desire to halt time during summer months fulfilled...lush phrases ...(“daylight pushes back bedtimes, and crickets crick-crick in the evening air”)...freshly mown lawns and campfire  s’mores...radiates summer’s heady glee. 

THE FIRST TWO BOOKS OF THE SERIES...

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BETSY BIRD IN A FUSE#8 PRODUCTION BLOG ...              

This...is the most evocative picture book about the holiday that I think I've ever encountered...if I had my way it would be the book people instantly think of when they mention Halloween books...it's one of the best.


LAWRENCE DOWNES, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW...

And Then Comes Halloween....is as sweet a marriage of words and pictures as you could hope for.... the simple pleasures of a homemade Halloween....an enchanted place,.. you’ll want to go there again and again.”

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KIRKUS

.... The text is filled with rich vocabulary and sensory details, evocatively describing the sights, sounds and smells of the season. The joyous illustrations... create a misty, dreamy atmosphere with blurred edges, glowing illumination... WHEN families find an endearing Christmas story (such as this one), THEN theywill enjoy reading it over and over


Brooke Sheets, Los Angeles Public Library

...The text is matched with Christy’s cheery, hazy illustrations, focusing on the family’s curly haired girl and her towheaded little brother. Fans of the previous book, and those libraries with high demand for Christmas fare, won’t be disappointed.



CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

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The Process 

This calls for class participation. I write a sentence with their help. After the “editor” has revised it, the sentence is sent to the “illustrator” –me again in a new hat. I paint an illustration in watercolor of the sentence. After the painting is dried, the words are printed on it. The publishing process is completed.    


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The Running Sheet. 

Half of the book is printed on a single sheet of paper. The pages are out of place and turned around. When folded and trimmed, they are in the correct order.  Using a template, the students write a simple (and short) "biography" and have their own 8-page running sheet, which later can be colored in. This works best with 2nd grades and up.

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Quick Bulletin Board


The class creates a word-bank to use in writing a three lined poem on a leaf cutout . They color the illustration, print their words on the poem, and publish it. About 15 minutes. The coloring can be done before or after the activity.

ADVANCED GRADES WILL CREATE THEIR OWN 8-PAGE BOOK.

 I WILL COME FOR WHOLE DAY. I PREFER TO VISIT CLASSROOMS*

AS AN EX-CLASSROOM TEACHER, MY PRESENTATION IS DESIGNED  WITH THAT BACKGROUND--TO INTERACT WITH THE STUDENTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. IF ASSEMBLIES CAN BE LIMITED TO THREE CLASSROOMS IT CAN WORK.  I SHOW AND READ THE BOOK, THEN COVER THE WRITING PROCESS AND A LITTLE OF THE ILLUSTRATION PROCESS.  I COVER THE HELP I HAD, THE MANY REVISIONS I MADE AND TOUCH ON MY EARLY LIFE AND WHERE I AM NOW.  $150 FOR THE DAY.  

* 4TH THROUGH 6TH  GRADES (MY TEACHING EXPERIENCE) WOULD BE HANDLED DIFFERENTLY--

MORE FOCUSED ON THEIR OWN WRITING AND ART WORK.

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