Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Guinea Pig Party And A Special Visit From Author And Illustrator Holly Surplice....and a tiny new friend, Cutie

We had a very fun day at Van Meter!  

The kindergarten, first, and second graders had a special visit with Holly Surplice, author and illustrator of Guinea Pig Party.  We Skyped with her from Great Britain.  
Holly read Guinea Pig Party and everyone loved it.  
The students then thanked Holly for visiting and asked her questions.  One of our 2nd graders asked her how to get a book published and another wanted to know how to draw such great illustrations. 
 Holly showed them how she draws her illustrations on the computer and by using other digital tools.
After Holly's visit, we had another very special guest.   Our friend Christa (and mom of two of our students) brought their new guinea pig Cutie for everyone to meet.
 They loved meeting Cutie!
 And Miss McClintock's class loved checking out where Cutie lived too.
 And no "Guinea Pig Party" is complete without cupcakes.

My little guy Hagan, who is in 2nd grade, helped me make the cupcakes on our snow day yesterday...He loved passing them out to his classmates too.
It was so neat reading Holly's Facebook and Twitter posts today.  Amazing that technology can bring together such a great experience for everyone.  
Thank you so much Holly for Skyping with our little people....Everyone loved it so much.  We can't wait to see you again. 

And thank you Christa for bringing Cutie, making yummy cupcakes, and for putting on a great Guinea Pig Party. 

Guinea Pig Party is a beautiful book that everyone should have in their library.  

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