Elementary School Visit

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This past week I was at Shell Beach Elementary School visiting with two third grade classes and two first grade classes. We talked about writing stories and where story idea originate. The children in both age groups had many interesting and intriguing ideas about how to find story ideas. I mentioned that one of my techniques was to ask myself, “What if?” What if I could fly with butterflies? What if a birthday cake went missing? What if a clownfish was really a clown? They came up with some of their own ideas which I hope will induce them to write their own stories. 

 

I also donated one of my books to each class I visited. They chose the books. Surprisingly, one third grade class and one first grade class chose “Camouflage” and the other two classes chose “Ants on a Log”. I also gave each child a bookmark picturing my Oak Tree Press covers and ordering information. 

 

Each class had an art project. For the first graders, I gave them a coloring page of a butterfly. With the third graders, I made an accordion book form, calling it a butterfly book.  Why the emphasis on butterflies? Because my two latest books are about butterflies, kids like butterflies and because the Monarch butterflies are now wintering over at the Pismo Beach Butterfly grove. Many of the children had been to the grove numerous times and enjoyed talking about these marvelous and beautiful insects.Image

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About berylreichenberg

I am a storyteller. Writing and illustrating books for children, I have published over 35 titles. Three of my books, "Ants on a Log", "Camouflage", and "The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake" have been published by a traditional publisher, Oak Tree Press. These are available from Oak Tree and Amazon as well as other outlets. The others are published by Blurb.com and can be seen on their website. Some of my stories are in prose and some in verse. All are designed for small children and young school children. My fiction stories are designed to delight these children and help them learn about themselves and the world around them. I also have a number of nonfiction books about animals, the natural world, and other cultures. I illustrate my stories with drawings and photographs. I hold a Master's Degree from UCLA and have taught school in California. I hope that young children and their adult companions will enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.

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