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Storyboards for Amanda in Arabia

Posted on: July 31, 2013

I recently blogged about a wonderful visit I made to Tomsett Elementary School in Richmond, BC.  You can read about it here.
A few weeks later I was invited back to the school by the teacher to view the storyboards the students had made for Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask that lined the hallways. I was blown away by the creativity of these grade 4 -5 students. Here are some pictures of the work put into this project. There were 26 of them and they were all very good. I am just showing you a sample.


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They all included heartwarming and encouraging letters






I particularly love the camel pictures



And this one depicting a mosque


I am astounded by the thought and creativity put into these storyboards and touched by the letters.  These students have inspired me to keep writing!

What inspires you to keep writing, or to do anything creative?

46 Responses to "Storyboards for Amanda in Arabia"

Children are loyal fans. I can imagine they are anxiously waiting Amanda’s next adventure.

Thanks Sheila. Just another good reason to write for children.

That’s so lovely, no wonder you love writing books for children, what a fantastically appreciatve audience. I want to read Amanda in Arabia now!

They were a wonderful audience. Amanda in Arabia is how it all started!

What fun to read their interpretation! How rewarding is that?
Story boards used to be one of my favorite projects to assign in my second level Spanish class. We would finish up the year reading a 15 chapter mystery and to be sure everyone understood each chapter, I assigned a chapter to several students. There were so many we hung them in the hallway so students and visitors could read them.

Visuals is such a great way to learn a language and to understand a novel. I should mention many of these students were English as a Second Language kids.

Hello Darlene, what lovely feedback. It looks as though there are a lot of budding young artists in writers Tomsett. I can imagine just how thrilled you were to see these.

I was thrilled beyond words. Thanks for stopping by Barbara.

I’m pretty sure that blessed your socks off! 🙂

Thanks Patti. What a cute sayng. I must say I haven’t heard it before!

I’m glad to be able to share such wisdom with you, Darlene. 🙂

Wow. These are incredible. That’s a wonderful drawing of a camel.

Thanks for sharing.

The teacher mentioned the student had traced it and then coloured it but I still love it.

I like the last picture! 😀 That is awesome (that they did such a nice thing)!

It was pretty awesome. I really like that last picture too.

Your young readers have certainly put a lot of efforts into their cards & letters! Congratulations on having written stories that stir their minds, Darlene. You must be thrilled and so moved by it all. 🙂

Thanks Claudine. I was truly thrilled with the thought and effort thses children put into this project.

What a wonderful response! It must be so inspiring for you too 🙂

Thanks so much. It is very inspiring. Now I need to do more travelling and write more books!!

How wonderful to see this response to your book Darlene – you must have been thrilled. It’s one thing writing a book but its quite another getting to see such a wonderful creative and artistic reaction to it.

Thanks Sharon. I was so thrilled. All the hard work of writing a book and getting it published, is worth it when get to see something like this as a result. I love the imagination of children!

How rewarding it must be to see first hand how your books have impacted and inspired young students, Darlene. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by Tricia. It is incredibly rewarding indeed.

Wow! How exciting to know that children are reading and enjoying your books so much…and in schools! I know a few school teachers and I think I’ll mention your books to them. The letters and enthusiasm from the children are very inspiring indeed. My son said that the birthday card I made for him the other day looked professional. That really inspired me. A good compliment from someone important. Keep up the good writing and staying in touch with the kids!

Thank you so much for your positive comments. A compliment from a child is very valuable. Thank you for mentioning my books to your teacher connections. Your support means a lot to me.

You’re very welcome.

How wonderful to have all those children showing their appreciation for your books in such a beautiful way. And children don’t lie! It must have been very heart-warming and rewarding. Well done to all!

Thank you so much. It was heartwarming and brought tears to my eyes. You are so right, children tell the truth. It did make all the hard work worthwhile.

OMG, this is soooo sweet! Love these storyboards! What can be more rewarding for an author!

This was indeed rewarding. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my posts Lada!

Art talent in kids is astonishingly advanced. Most of my 11th graders were 2-5 years below grade level in reading. Instead of failing them in tests like the other teachers I always gave them an art outlet to express some history learning so could justify passing grade.

I wish there were more teachers like you. I worked with youth-at-risk who were unable to complete school due to a “Learning disability” I created workshops that focused on art and they excelled. Not everyone learns the same way.

I wish there were more who think as we do.

What a wonderful post, Darlene!

What a wonderful blessing for you to go back and get all those letters and see all the art of your book! And hearing kids want to read them all? Priceless! 🙂

Thanks so much Clare. This was very special for me.

Gorgeous drawings and paintings. Your story really inspired the kids! Wonderful!

These students were exceptional and so was their teacher. Glad you enjoyed this. It made me feel so good.

I love children’s artwork! I used to thoroughly enjoy going to the art exhibits when my youngest son had something displayed.It was interesting when there was a theme to see how each child interpreted that theme. Some were funny and some were downright amazing.

Children never cease to amaze me. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Just awesome! I taught in grades 4 & 5 for several years, Darlene and so appreciate the delight of students, teacher and author delving into stories together! Really enjoyed the student projects and letters. 🙂

Thanks so much Bette! I was delighted with the letters and storyboards the children created. Thanks for visiting my blog.

How lovely, those boareds are awesome..kids are just great and obviously love your stories to bits . Thank you for the follow 🙂

Happy to follow you, your writing and your life in Thailand. The kids are wonderful and make it all worthwhile.

Thank you, Darlene 🙂

This is a wonderful post, Darlene. Children are so creative.

I was so impressed with their creativity. Thanks for stopping by.

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