Last week I had the honor of visiting a 3rd-grade classroom to talk about A Dream Inside – a book I wrote about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.
I met the teacher at a book reading at WSFS bank in the summer.
She excitedly told me that her class studies the life cycle of the butterfly and then bought a copy of my book that I signed for her and her 3rd-grade class.
A few months later, I received an email asking if I could come visit her class because they were studying their butterfly unit and they were also reading a book about an author visiting a school. I said of course! And a visit was planned.
A Dream Inside is about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Intertwined with the metamorphosis of the monarch butterfly and their amazing journey to Mexico, is the lesson that we all come here with a purpose or a dream inside.
The big day came and I was just as excited as the kids. Sharing something that you created can feel so good!
As I read the book, the children listened and were engaged as we discussed the science part of the book and also the deeper message in the book.
The children had just finished reading The Day Eddie Met the Author by Louise Borden. In the book, the kids wrote questions for the author on yellow pieces of paper. This class did the same. They asked me lots of great questions, like:
-How long did it take you to write the book?
-How did you come up with the idea?
-Did you ever get stuck while writing and if so, what did you do?
-Are you working on another book?
I answered their questions and shared with them that I have been working on my next book called Queenie.
Queenie is a character in A Dream Inside. She is a bit of a bossy character and at the end of the story, she finds herself alone. I told them how I was experiencing writer’s block. They replied, “Maybe we can help.”
And then last but not least came my favorite question of the day –
-How do you write stories that feel like they were written just for me?
The little boy who asked the question got the idea for the question from the character Eddie in the story. He said, “I couldn’t resist asking it.”
My answer –
Well sometimes we think we are the only ones going through problems but all of us at one time or another have problems we go through.
We are connected by the same emotions – happy, sad, worry and joy. Art, whether it be a song, or a painting or a book gives us a place to express these emotions and therefore helps us connect with each other at a deeper level.
While I was signing books, the class came up with the idea that they would write down some idea’s for Queenie to help with my writer’s block. I left with 18 fabulous ideas, pictures to go with them and the inspiration to work on my next book.
My take away from the day –
We really are all connected, and we love to help each other and sharing our ideas and stories helps everyone involved.
I am grateful for this visit. It will stay with me for a long time.