Friday, March 7, 2014

Author Visit

Author and illustrator, Maryann Cocca-Leffler visited Fuller Meadow School today.  She spoke to students about becoming book creators and how it all starts with an idea.  She told tales from her childhood that she later turned into published books.  We learned that Princess Kim and the Lie that Grew was inspired from the time Mrs. Cocc-Leffler informed her 1st grade class that her father owned Coca-Cola and could bring some for the whole class.  She drew a spectacular Princess Kim illustration while we watched and listened to a new song from Princess Kim the Musical. 
1st graders were also surprised to learn that Mr. Tanen (who really wore crazy ties) was a real principal from the school Mrs. Cocca-Leffler's daughters attended.  After reading many of her wonderfully illustrated stories, students responded to their favorite book in their read and respond journal.
In preparation for her visit and as part of World Read Aloud Day, Fuller Meadow students read Mr. Tanen's Ties. Students then illustrated ties to decorate bulletin boards to welcome Mrs. Cocca-Leffler to our school and of course we all had on silly ties today too!
Thanks to all the dad, big brothers, and moms who let us borrow their ties for the day (and helped us tie them).
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