Summer is here. What has she been doing?
Summer is here. What has she been doing?
She’s been making dummies for a book about me. Lots of them. This dummy is tiny.
It’s just 5 and 1/2 inches. What’s the big deal? Why does it take so long to make a picture book?
Somedays… she walks me to the library. She gets books. I get ear rubs and dog treats.
Happy Summer…WOOF!….from Wilbur
“It’s 2017. I’m waiting for my book. She said she would write a book about me. Instead, she wrote a story about a penguin. I ate the manuscript. She wrote it again. She drew pictures and made a dummy. She sent it off before I got a chance to eat it. I’m hoping her editor doesn’t like it. Then she can get started on my book. For now, I keep looking at her. I think she’s feeling guilty, because she’s drawing lots of pictures of me. I’ll keep you posted”
PS. At least she’s updated her blog.
Elephants shop local on Small Business Saturday…and everyday!
Here they are at their local indie bookseller.
“Do you like my earrings?” asks Elephant.
“Perfect,” says Gracie.
The Awful Aardvarks in the cubbies! They’re ready for school….
THE AWFUL AARDVARKS GO TO SCHOOL
Written by Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Hardcover ISBN 0-670-85920-6
Softcover ISBN 0-14-055488-2
Wilbur is on his way to puppy school…First lesson….sit.
Happy start to a new school year!…to kids…teachers…parents…and puppies…tcp
These wonderful elephant drawings were created by young artists at Corl Street Elementary in State College, PA….
Elephant and Gracie are thrilled that everyone is having fun with their book.
Thank you to Mrs. McGann’s second graders for the lovely letters and fantastic elephants!….including a drawing from Mrs. McGann!…I love to see teachers draw along side their students!….This is one cool school!….tcp
Wow…My mailbox is full of kids letters and art…and yesterday a little bit of jazz! …after another visit to another great elementary school in State College, PA.
They were busy at Easterly Parkway Elementary long before I arrived.
The kids were prepped and ready for an author visit.
These students and their librarian, Laura Alterio, were talking about me while I was still home in Vermont! I think I answered their questions in my presentation…but let’s go over these to be sure!…
My favorite art medium?…watercolor…pen and ink…pencil…
My favorite color?…..purple….
Where I live?….Vermont
My hidden talent?…I wonder what that is?….Along with writing and illustrating picture books there are lots of things I like to do…I like to swim..bike…cross country ski…hike….garden…eat…bake…listen to music…travel…draw while I travel…
I love to draw while I’m on subways…I draw fast…I can draw a person if they are on the subway for just one stop….could that be a hidden talent?… …maybe.
My first book?….I wrote a book about a blue bird in 2nd grade and gave it a red construction paper cover…self published… The first book that was published by a grown up publisher…We Wish You A Merry A Merry Christmas….1983
Somehow this librarian managed to get pictures during my presentation…not an easy task…I do not stand still…Thank you, Laura!
…and what about the jazz?
I talk to students about working to music in my studio…the last two books Stan Getz and Miles Davis. A Dave McKenna CD just arrived in the mail from Nichol. She has connections to Dave and his family and thought I might enjoy listening to his music. I love it. I’m listening to Dave as I write this…and enjoying every minute…Thank you, Nichol!
Thanks to Laura and to everyone at Easterly Parkway Elementary…I enjoyed spending the day with fellow readers…writers and artists!…tcp
I spent a great week visiting schools in State College, PA.
Radio Park Elementary is full of students and teachers that are excited about reading, writing and drawing. A great school. A fun school visit.
One of the best parts of visiting schools is getting artwork and letters from kids!…
I was barely home in Vermont…when letters started arriving…I spent this morning answering them.
One of my favorite comments came from a child that likes that “my editor works in a building that looks like a slice of cheese.” I showed students a picture of the Flatiron Building so they could see where I go when I say “I’m go to see my publisher”.
Thank you to Mary Robert and her second graders for all your thoughtful letters…Here is a small sample…I’m off to the post office to mail all of the replies!
Elephant and Gracie helped me sign books in my hotel the night before my visit…
The day of my visit..I was greeted by this poster of MYRTLE in the library. It was drawn by a parent (and artist)…I love how she picked up on the patterns!
I had fun presenting and drawing with the students…I left drawings for the school…they were stuck all over the walls!
Mrs. Grim’s Kindergarteners gave me an Elephant before I even left the school!
I brought him back to my hotel…tucked him in…and Gracie read a story to 2 Elephants that night…Thank you Mrs. Grim and Kindergarteners!
Thank you all! A special thank you to a swell librarian…Emily Herring…for all of your hard work. I enjoyed meeting everyone. It was a great day.
To the kids in Radio Park..keep reading, writing and drawing!…tcp
Elephant and Gracie have been busy traveling…
They’re back in Vermont and all tucked-in…getting ready to launch Tracey’s newest book…
TUCK-IN TIME written by Carole Gerber and illustrated by tcp is now available at your local bookstore…yay!
Join Tracey for a pajama party at PHOENIX BOOKS in Essex, VT on Friday, Oct. 24th at 6pm….don’t forget your favorite stuffed critter and you blankie!…see you there!…tcp
Elephant and Gracie are checking out my author’s copy of my newest picture book.
I had lots of fun illustrating TUCK-IN TIME written by Carole Gerber.
Thank you, Carole…for writing such a sweet and delightful text!
Published by Margaret Ferguson Books-Farrar Straus Giroux
and available at your local bookstore on August 19, 2014.
Here’s a sneak peek…
Here’s a link to our websites
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Margaret Ferguson Books
9 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 40 pages, full-color throughout
Age Range: 1 to 3
Grade Range: p to p