Love those kids!
Posted February 6, 2012on:
I had the opportunity to visit Holly School in Surrey this past week. I am always so impressed with these kids. They ask great questions and are so attentive. The boys and girls, from the grade three, four and five classes, said they enjoyed the Amanda stories and were hoping there would be more. (I guess that should be incentive enough for me to keep writing!) They love the animals in the stories, Ali Baba the camel in Amanda in Arabia and Pedro the pony in Amanda in Spain. I told them about Rupert, the Maine Coon cat in the next book, Amanda in England. One girl knew all about Maine Coon cats and shared her knowledge.
I brought my pictures, a Spainish shawl, Pedro and some items depicting the Velazquez painting. There was interest in Guadi and his strange buildings, especially the chimneys on the roof tops. Some of the children spoke Spanish and were pleased to see some Spanish words in the text. The teacher mentioned that they would correct her when she mispronounced the Spanish words. I was pleased to hear that the books were almost always checked out from the library and were used in the classroom as well. One student mentioned they did an art project based on one of the books. This made me very happy.
Speaking of bright young people, ten year old Erik over at thiskidreviewsbooks writes fabulous reviews on kids books and wrote a flattering review on Amanda in Arabia. He said he really enjoyed the story because it has tons of excitement and adventure in it. He also really liked Ali Baba. Check out his reviews if you are looking for quality books for kids. He also shares quotes and I especially liked this one:
“We are the authors of our own lives… Too bad we write in pen so we can not erase our mistakes” – Unknown
Nothing is more satifying than knowing children are reading and enjoying books. Spending time with them as an author is a delightful perk. Many say reading books is no longer a popular passtime for children. What I have discovered is just the opposite as these children were as enthusiastic and excited about books as I was at their age.
Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with children? Have you found them to be as interested in books as other generations?