Sunday, April 25, 2010

Actual page from the Chicago Sun Times

I ordered a copy of the actual Chicago Sun Times paper the review of "The Can Man" was in. Enjoy! As someone who grew up reading papers like the L.A. Times this is a pretty big thrill.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Can Man reviewed in the Chicago Sun Times!

I just came across this review of "The Can Man" in yesterdays "Chicago Sun Times" Sunday paper. So great! Definitely the coolest place I have ever had one of my books reviewed. Glad to see it is getting some wide exposure!

The Can Man (Lee & Low, 36 pages, $18.95), by Laura E. Williams, illustrated by Craig Orback, focuses not only on recycling but also homelessness. Mr. Peters was young Tim’s apartment neighbor before he lost his job and home and became known as the “Can Man.”

Tim wants a new skateboard for his birthday more than anything. After seeing Mr. Peters out collecting cans, Tim decides he will collect cans too — before Mr. Peters can get to them. He works very hard and earns the money he needs. When he bumps into Mr. Peters with his empty shopping cart, he realizes that a new skateboard is not as important as surviving in the streets and gives Mr. Peters all the money, learning an important lesson.

Rich oil paintings complement this heartfelt story for readers ages 6-10.

You can copy and paste the link here to find it on their site.,kids-books-041810.article

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lummi Island School Visit

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a short ferry ride north of Bellingham to Lummi Island for a school visit. Thanks again to the wonderful faculty and students at Beach Elementary School! I had never visited this small island in the north sound before so it was a real experience. The school was built in 1919 and is filled with great historic atmosphere. Driving around the island only took about an hour. I felt like I was in Maine or another quaint area. Below are some photos of the school, students and the beautiful scenery.

They have only 58 students K-6 and it's the islands only school. Amazing!

Here we are meeting in the gym. Eager minds ready to learn about illustrating kid's books.

A visit always ends with the kids creating their own art. Always the most popular part!

This a view from the ferry dock on the island. The boat ride was only 5 minutes!

Spring is definitely in bloom.

Just add some balloons and this house would look just like the one from the movie "Up".

The island had lots of beautiful, but rocky beaches with views of the San Juan Islands. Very quiet and peaceful.