Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Bees Meet Todd Parr (Via Skype That Is!)

"I think you are one of the coolest authors."
"I like your books because they are always colorful."
"I like your style of drawing."

These are just a few of the things that The Bees wrote in their thank you letters to Todd Parr after our amazingly fun Skype. Todd's energy and personality just jumped through the screen and we knew from the moment he answered our Skype call we were in for a good time.

One of the highlights for all of us was getting to hear Todd read us several of his books. The children had the opportunity to choose which one they wanted him to read and they unanimously chose to start with The Underwear Book. We were all laughing hysterically. We also got a special sneak peek of his soon to be published, The Goodbye Book. The class felt really special getting to hear him read it before anyone else did.
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The Bees also got to learn how he makes his books and how he comes up with all of his ideas.
The class also had the opportunity to ask him questions. They asked him things like, "Why don't you use periods?" "Why do you end all your books with messages?" "Why are your people all different colors?" You can hear the answer to that question in the video below.
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The kids and I decided to make out own version of Todd's The Feel Good Book. Using the Drawing Pad and Book Creator Apps on their iPads, we made the  book below, following in his style of art and writing.
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Thank you Todd Parr for spending time with us, reading to us and making us laugh. It will be an experience we will never forget!

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