Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Dazzlers, Na Pueo and The Super Kids Meet Corey Rosen Schwartz

The Dazzlers, Na Pueo, The Super Kids and I had a wonderful Skype with author Corey Rosen Schwartz, who was the perfect addition to our fractured fairytale unit. Right from the start of the Skype, the children felt comfortable with her and were eager to participate not only answering the questions she asked of us, but asking her questions as well.

Corey started off by asking us we could come up with ideas for our stories. The kids had marvelous answers such as, "The library" and "Your family." We had a lot of fun brainstorming ideas to fill in the blank.
She shared with us how important it is to brainstorm and while not all of our ideas work, we should hold onto them and we might find a way to use them another time. She shared with us some of her ideas she had for Goldilocks and we voted on which ones we would want to read.
She then shared with us her fabulous book The Three Ninja Pigs, complete with a pig-eared headband, wolf mask and karate chopping a block of wood. KI-YA!
The kids then had a chance to ask her questions, such as, "What inspires you?" "How long did it take to write The Three Ninja Pigs?" We were all shocked that it took 3 months to write the book and then 3 years later it ended up in the bookstore.
My favorite answer came with the question, "Why do you have your books rhyme?" Mrs. Rosen Schwartz told us, "Rhyming words are like a playground for the tongue." The kids were still talking about that answer hours after we ended the Skype call.
Thank you so much Corey Rosen Schwartz for spending time with us. We are huge fans of your books and loved learning from you today.

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