As I mentioned in my blog post last week, I got to finally meet Mr. H, author of Little Raindrop, and his classroom of third graders! The day before the actual visit, Mr. H gave me a tour of the school, introduced me to the school's turtles, and showed me the hallway walls decorated with turtles for Turtle Week! I even visited the Art Room and breathed in that old familiar smell of tempera paint.
On the day of the visit, Mr. H's wife and my husband both joined in on the fun, and they were kind enough to take pictures and video, too! When I first walked into the classroom, everyone was outside for Recess, and I was greeted with these on the wall:
|A mural of Little Raindrops and they let me KEEP it too!|
|Miss Melanie, Teacher for the Day!|
|The girl in pink put my bookmark |
in her Harry Potter (GOF) book!
|I must have been saying something important here!|
|Looks like Mr. H has an agenda...|
|Do you know the answer?|
|There's Sharon, taking pictures!|
|We're getting absolutely SILLY!|
|This dude is using my sketch for reference for HIS sketch!|
|Checking out my Red Panda sketches!|
|Great questions were asked!|
|The final piece of art! Great job, I'm super proud of you, Dillon!|
They even asked me to sign their yearbooks!
The kids may have learned something, but I was surprised to learn a few things myself. One, that my biggest challenge that day would be to keep my cool! The kids were so sweet and caring, and loveing and innocent, that there were a few times where I thought I was going to actually cry. And two, it really made me think of the responsibilities we have as writers and illustrators to our young readers, and the huge rewards (like hugs!) we receive for all our hard work. And that I am SO thankful that Mr. H chose me, of all the other artists out there, to illustrate his story.
|Hey! You wore the same thing as me!|
And the awesome thing is, neither will they. :)
|Hold up your cool Little Raindrop stuff!|
|Now do something silly!|
|Now pose like a raindrop!|
As my Auntie Jean would say: SO stinkin' cute! :D