Reviews of Halloween--
Betsy Bird in a Fuse#8 Production Blog
And Then Comes Halloween ... 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.”
Reviews of Christmas--
.... 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 they will 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.
POWER POINT PRESENTATION:
I show and read the book, then cover the writing process—the help I had, the many revisions I made. I explain some about the illustrations, and I touch on my early life and where I am now. With Q&A—20 + minutes.
A part of the publishing process is the running sheet—half the book printed on a single sheet of paper with the pages out of place and turned around. But when folded and trimmed, they are in the correct order.
Using a template, the students write a simple short “biography” and have their own 8-page running sheet, which cab be colored in later. This works best with 2nd and 3rd graders. About 15 minutes.Type your paragraph here.
The class creates a word-bank that they can use to write a three lined poem. 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.
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. About 15-20 minutes.Type your paragraph here.
Total time with an activity and PowerPoint presentation—35-45 minutes, depending on Q&A time.
I am open to individual classroom visits, multiple classroom presentations, or whatever works best within your schedule. My fee is $200 for a full school day.