A teacher called me up this week to ask me if I might come to their school to give a book talk to Kindergartens and grade ones and also a mix of three and four year old pre-school children from a local community centre daycare.
I was so excited and happy to be asked to do this.
She said that both of the books, Gynn and Albert's Old Shoes are favourites in their school library. The event was made possible by the Ready Set Learn Program which is designed to help preschoolers to get ready for school.
So I prepared myself for the day. I gathered up a few copies of the books, I put together some of the original illustations in my big black leather portfolio. I bought a set of fresh pastels and I found some big sheets of paper. And at the last, I bought a guinea pig puppet to add a prop.
I was up early at five A.M. to prepare myself for the kids. I was wired with adrenalin.
I drove to the school at 9 A.M. I gave four presentations over the day. I read the books. I answered questions from the children and enjoyed their curiosity and intelligence and desire to take part in the whole experience. I drew the favourite characters of Gynn the guinea pig and Albert the pig with old scuffed up brown shoes as they gave me directions like
"Can you give him running shoes?" or "Can you add the sun?" "In the middle?"
and "You forgot the clouds!" and "It looks like it is raining." and "Where are his shoe laces?"
It was a great day. What fun! And all because of those little books from the 1980s that are so much a part of my life. They are like living books. They have a life that goes on and on. Like those batteries.