Friday, March 28, 2008

Famous Author visits Emerson School!

The third graders were extremely fortunate to have the wonderful and gracious Robert Kimmel Smith visit last week. Mr. Smith is the author of The War with Grandpa, Chocolate Fever, Bobby Baseball, Mostly Michael, and The Squeaky Wheel.

He spoke to the students about his journey to becoming a writer, the process of writing ("read all the time!"), and how he gets his ideas for books. Before the visit, the third graders all read and reflected on some of his books in class and independently, and then prepared questions to ask. After his talk, Mr. Smith answered dozens of questions, from "What was your favorite prank in The War With Grandpa?" to "How old are your children now?" (As one of his children is now the parent of an Emerson student and sat in the audience, she could answer that one herself!) The third graders were brimming with excitement over meeting a real live author.

"How did you become an author?"

"He shook our hands!"

In conversation with students

A student illustration of a scene from The War With Grandpa.
(Image by Moriah.)

Thank you, Mr. Smith! Please come again!

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