Author-illustrator Loren Long spent a memorable morning in my school library putt puff puttedy chuffing with my students. He talked about Of Thee I Sing, Mr. Peabody's Apples, The Little Engine That Could, and the Otis series. He read Otis and the Puppy and taught us how to draw Otis. Loren's down-to-earth personality wowed every student and teacher. He spoke from his heart.
I met with my first graders five minutes after Loren walked out the door. Here is what they said about Loren's author visit...
*I like that I heard Otis and the Puppy for the first time from Loren Long. It made it extra special.
*It was interesting watching Loren Long draw Otis.
*I learned that learning to read was difficult for Loren when he was a child, but he became a wonderful reader and writer.
*Loren Long drew Otis for us. I want to draw my own Otis tonight. We can send it to Loren Long.
*I learned that he uses different kinds of paint and supplies.
*I want to draw Otis tonight and share it with my family.
*My favorite part was when Loren drew Otis.
*Loren Long read us Otis and the Puppy. It was AWESOME.
*I liked when we stood in line to shake Loren Long's hand. He's a nice guy.
*I loved when Loren showed us the picture of him with President Obama.
*I learned that Loren Long is a very creative man.
*I liked when he talked about all the amazing books he’s written and illustrated.
*It was nice learning about his childhood.
*Loren Long's presentation was
-the best part of my day
*You are awesome.
*I wish you could visit our library every day.
*You're the best guy ever.
*I'm glad you told us about your childhood. You're very kind.
*I appreciate you coming to my school for an author visit. It was really nice seeing you!
*You are the best tractor drawer.
*I appreciate your work. You are the best.
*I like you.
*Roses are red, violets are too. I am thankful you came to our school.
*I love your books and paintings.
*You are my favorite author in the whole world.
*It was awesome meeting you in person.
Loren Long's presentation was
*the best thing I've ever seen
Yes, that is a cake!
I am giving away a signed copy of Otis and the Puppy.
Rules for the Giveaway
1. It will run from today to 11:59 P.M. on 3/24.
2. You must be at least 13
3. Please pay it forward.