An embarrassment of riches! We have another phenomenal author visit on the horizon: Newbery Winner Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, famous for the masterpiece Last Stop on Market Street, are coming to Stone on the morning of Monday, October 15th to speak to 2nd and 3rd grade classes about their new book, Carmela Full of Wishes! We are having a wonderful time in preparation studying the author's work and themes, exploring, discovering and emulating the illustrator's style, and reflecting about and practicing the idea of "creative collaboration"! On the day of their visit, we will have another special surprise! Thanks to a partnership with The Book Stall, a valued independent bookseller in our community, we are a very lucky school...if we had a dandelion to blow on like Carmela, we could not wish for more! Thanks also to dear Ms. Lugo, our primary Spanish teacher, for help in background knowledge for the book and sharing the beautiful and festive papel picado!
Next stop, a love of picture books!!!
Here are some of us working on collaborative cityscapes using elements from Christian Robinson's illustration style!
"Sometimes, when you're surrounded by dirt, you're a better witness for what's beautiful."
- Nana, Last Stop on Market Street
Well, that visit was PHENOMENAL! The author and illustrator were so impressed with our preparatory studies, our reflections about wishes and our investigation into the illustrator's style by creating our own 3-D landscapes with a focus on simple shapes Matt de la Peña shared stories from his real family, and a highlight was when Christian Robinson gave us a live drawing demonstration! And then, all of our wishes were granted...through our partnership with The Book Stall and Penguin Books, every student who attended received a FREE personalized and autographed copy of Carmela Full of Wishes! Thank you to all the generous and creative hearts who made this such an inspiring day.