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Tickets for Rocky visit to TAFT school this year with Ann Sather
This is the pre school class that she reads to weekly, and the place we visit each year. All the children got the new book and cd of Tickets for Rocky. Ann and I were surprised with a gift from the teachers and the children, of flowers, which was wonderful of course. The children are precious and so well behaved, but we could also could see signs that they enjoyed the music with dancing and smiles. This is the best feedback for me as a writer of childrn’s music.
The message of the Tickets book, which is working toward a dream and how important it is to not only have a dream, but to work towards it coming true. That message is a part of what we share and discuss with the older children in reading and writing classes.
We featured budding artist Amanda Huber, who went to school for art technique and is hoping someday to teach that technique to others who are interested in art. I could use some of that teaching! As the ‘illustrator of the story’, I used some of her art to depict likenesses of family members, as the story is about Marti, my sister and her twin Mary (yes, also my sister).
Halle, Amanda ‘s daughter, contributed the little lady bug you see throughout the story. She was four when she drew the bug. Amanda, Marti (Halle’s grandmother) and Halle went recently to Halle’s nursery school to read the story to the children and they all got cd/books and bags, while meeting Amanda and Halle, two contributing artists in the book. I understand that Halle was very proud.
“My name is Amy Cain and I am a fourth grade teacher in Mankato, MN. On behalf of my classroom I wanted to say that you so very much for the bugs, bags, and CD’s that were provided to my students. Ann Simmons’ grandson, Dustin is my classroom and I know that she is working with the Foundation. Thanks for the generous gift to my students. They are buzzing about the bags and they loved the music and story on the CD. They really have a passion for books and reading so thanks again for sharing with us. It’s greatly appreciated!”
1100 Anderson Drive
Washington Elementary School
Mankato, MN 56001
Hi! I’ve got a new jersey and it’s BLUE! I’m a green bug but I’m Little Blue now as I’m true blue to the Rangers now! So they call me Little Blue! I keep saying “but I’m green!” But I like it! A green bug called LB for little blue. What do you think?
I’ve always been GREEEN! I believe in going green! I turn off the water when I brush my teeth and save a gallon a day! That’s a lot of water a year!
(go check the downloads for a coloring page)
A book and music CD by Christine Tortorella
Do Bugs Have Belly Buttons is a story about a young boy who traps a bug to find out if he has a belly button. Instead, he finds out bugs have feelings and are living creatures to be preserved, too. Will the boy ever find out if bugs have belly buttons?