The Learning Tree School Visit

My friend, Ruby Diamante is substituting as a preschool teacher for 5 year olds at The Learning Tree.

The class is tackling the five senses so she asked me to do a reading of my 1996 picture book Boy with No Face published by Adarna Book Services. After the first printing ran out, Adarna decided not to do a second printing because of slow sales. Yet, until last year, I had been meeting people who remember my book, like the kid from the Ink exhibit who told me my book was his brother’s favorite. But then, it being a favorite by few doesn’t translate to smashing sales.

Still I am thankful and only too glad to meet someone who appreciates my work. I will be happy to give an original artwork in appreciation!

I am thinking of doing a new set of art for Boy with No Face using digital media. I am encouraged by my colleagues at the LA-based SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) who have been actively discussing and exploring the huge potential of ebooks and appbooks for children’s literature.

At present, I have finished line drawings for my next book, Look! At what the Cat Dragged in! and I felt it would be good to show the story to a test audience.

Most of the kids had fun with the story as I showed them. There was one precocious girl, though, who said, “That’s Impossible!” when the cat drove the car in after dragging one object after another into the house. I wanted to say, “So is a wardrobe that transports you to a land of ice and talking animals!” But the kid had spunk and I love her for being uncharacteristically outspoken for a Pinay kid!

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After the storytelling, I asked them what sort of stories do they want to read.

Dinosaurs and outer space stories… Hmmmm…. Let me think about that.

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