My First School Visit

You know that saying, “It was more fun than a barrel of monkeys?”—Well, I have always wondered what in the world could be more fun than a barrel of monkeys?Monkeys_in_barrel

I mean really! Monkeys in a barrel would be so hard to beat. But this was more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Screenshot 2015-04-29 16.41.05These are the notes I received from the 5th graders after my recent author visit. We talked poetry as I shared content from A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. I, also, talked about revising poems to make them more appealing. As an example, I showed  how Janet Wong and I emailed about revisions for my poem, Buttons, that was recently published in the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. This anthology was compiled by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell.poetry friday celebrations

Landon and I did have our picture made together since I shared our collaboration on A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt 🙂

landon and me

So if you ever want something more fun than a barrel of monkeys . . . try a school visit! The thank you notes are the BEST!


27 thoughts on “My First School Visit

  1. Penny, Thank you for speaking to the fifth grade students at Shady Shores. They were extremely intrigued with you and Landon’s participation in your work. I really loved seeing the “thank you” cards posted on your blog.

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  2. Hooray! Go Penny! I have to share how revolutionary it is to constantly see only the profile pic headshot of our online friends and then to see a full body shot (as with the pic of you and Landon above)… it’s like, “Oh! Penny is not just a head! I can SEE her now! YAY!” It’s like meeting someone all over again. 🙂

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  3. YaY, Penny. Wahoo. I wish I could have a school visit. Someday soon. I love your poem in the anthology. So honored and pleased to be there with you. 🙂

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  4. Adorable, Penny! The notes are also touching and often inadvertently hilarious – i.e., here’s an excerpt from a school visit note from last month: “Dear Carole Gerber, You came away from Powell, Ohio. You are a very nice lady and loving kind and a beautiful lady. I hope I see you some other time. Turn to back. And we will miss you so much. Thank you. Alexa.” {When I “Turn to back” there is a drawing of Alexa and me – miraculously we are the same size – smiling and wearing polka dot dresses and high heels.

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  5. Whee! Those thank you notes will be ones to treasure, I’m sure. And great photo with Landon!


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