The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson…The Common Core & muffin cups?…

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar Straus Giroux ISBN 0-374-35046-9 Booklist Editor's Choice, Top of the list 2006 School Library Journal,  A Book of the Year, 2006

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar Straus Giroux ISBN 0-374-35046-9
Booklist Editor’s Choice, Top of the list 2006
School Library Journal, A Book of the Year, 2006

While signing books at stores in Maine…*(BOB, THE MOON…ELEPHANT’S STORY isn’t out until October 22nd)…I was told THE MOON is being used for “The Common Core”!

Here are links for using THE MOON  with the “The Common Core”:

http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/commoncore/ela.03.sr.1.07.-015-v1.pdf

http://www.wsra.org/assets/Convention/Handouts_2013/b20%20laura%20adams%20gr%204.pdf

I was NOT thinking of  “The Common Core” when I created the illustrations for Stevenson’s  poem.

What was I was thinking?…
(while reading my Dad’s childhood copy of A Child’s  Garden of Verses)

…I love the rhythm, the language, the spaces that Stevenson left me to create my own story within the poem

…the magic of a moonlit night

…sailing with my dad by the light of the moon when I was young.

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My story begins on the title page….when Dad goes into the child’s room…the new baby can’t sleep and neither can anyone else in the house.

spread-moon-clock“The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;”

I’m not sure Stevenson was thinking…

…about a Dad taking his child out for a boat ride in the moonlight… Mom stays home with the baby. This story is for the older child when a new sibling arrives. There are enough books written that will tell him how he’ll “love his new baby brother or sister”
This book celebrates the older child.

Here is a link to THE MOON on my website. It includes “the inside story” about my process creating the book. I share this with teachers, librarians and students when I visit schools.

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/themoon.htm

What were the children thinking?
The same poem.
Different artists.
Different art.

See posts from June 5th,  June 6th…Chamberlin Elementary in S. Burlington,VT made beautiful watercolors.

Post from April 7th…Alden Primary in Buffalo, NY made great paper cut outs of owl in the night..check out the owl’s eyes made out of…muffin cups!!!

So…after teachers fit The Moon into The Common Core…
…maybe students can pick up a paintbrush…or scissors…paper…a glue stick and….
….muffin cups???…tcp

*PS…I left signed books in Maine at The Children’s Book Cellar inWaterville, The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine Coast Books in Damariscotta and Blue Hill Books in Blue Hill…all wonderful independent bookstores…I just sent books at Deer Isle Library….and left a pile of books for the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School for kids to check out…enjoy…tcp

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2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover with Elephant’s Story…

Gracie reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Cover

Gracie reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Cover

Look who’s reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover!

Gracie thinks everyone should take time to read to their Elephant!…tcp

Here is a link to the article from American Booksellers Association http://www.bookweb.org/node/26745

PS…If you want to know what Elephant thinks…here’s a link to his blog:
http://elephantstoryblog.com

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BEA…Sketchbooks and Elephant in New York City…

As I get Elephant ready for ALA…I am looking over my notes from BEA.
My problem with note taking is that my pen is constantly distracted by people in the room….even when I am looking at the backs of heads.

My packing list for ALA:
Elephant & Gracie…
Sketchbook & favorite pen…tcp

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ELEPHANT’S STORY…a new book an Elephant head to BEA…

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013 ISBN 978-0-374-39913-9

My new book , ELEPHANT’S STORY, published by Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux (BYR), will be available in October  2013. I will join him at BEA in NYC. He will still be in F&G form….but he can’t wait to get out into the world. So…off he goes to the big city.
He now has his own book page on my website: http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/elephant.html

Elephant has his own blog!
http://elephantstoryblog.com
I will help him post “everything elephant”….starting with images of elephants. I have stumbled upon many since the day I decided to write this book. The blog will have sketches, activities for the book and…well….everything elephant…keep checking.

I will be at the Silent Auction and Sendak Memorial Auction at the Javits Center in NYC. I have two pieces of artwork in the auction:

Gracie reading Where The Wild Things Are to Elephant-original watercolor for The Sendak Memorial at the 19th Annual Children's Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers May 29 at Book Expo America

Gracie reading Where The Wild Things Are to Elephant-original watercolor for The Sendak Memorial at the 19th Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers May 29 at Book Expo America

Bob Scared digital signed print donated to the 19th Annual Children's Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at the 2013 Book Expo America

Bob Scared digital signed print donated to the 19th Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at the 2013 Book Expo America

See my earlier post on April 26th for details: http://tcpearson.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/sendak-memorial-annual-childrens-book-silent-auction-at-bea-2013/

I am including a link to the auction site…a lot of wonderful art has been donated by a group of amazing artists…it is an honor to be part of the event…hope to see you there…if not…they are having an on-line auction as well!
http://abffesilentauction.wordpress.com/about/

I’m sure I will have lots of new sketches to post when I return from NY….not just subways….but think of all the people arriving at the Javits Center…I can’t wait…I may have to pick up an extra sketchbook on my way into the city!…tcp

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Bob’s Birthday Bash!!!…a party for a very special rooster!…

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate Bob’s 10th birthday!  (Bob was published in 2002. Really…he has been in print for 11 years…but Bob waited patiently for his party while I finished Elephant’s Story.)

Kids, their parents and grandparents gathered as feathers flew and wires wiggled! Even parents glued, colored, created Bob crowns, posters…all sorts of Bob art. Everyone added birthday wishes to Bob’s big card.

A BIG THANK YOU  to Natalie, for bringing the star of the party, BOB the chicken! ( named after Bob.)  Bob was the star of the party!

Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Bob…before we paraded to the village green.

It was a lovely day for Bob’s story walk …run, skip, hop..around green. The children called out, “Where’s Emily?…and Emily guided us to the next tree and the next “page” of the book…then back to the Community Center for cake.

A special thanks to Phoenix Books for sponsoring Bob’s Party….for turning out in force and helping out with the feathers and glue. A special thanks to Colleen and Beth for making it happen….Colleen ran around like a chicken gathering eggs…feathers…party favors, crafts…and the cake…yum!…and deserves her very own Bob crown!

Happy Birthday, Bob!!…mooo….wooof…and cock-a-doodle-dooooo!….tcp

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Sendak Memorial Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction at BEA 2013

Gracie reading Where The Wild Things Are to Elephant-original watercolor for The Sendak Memorial at the 19th Annual Children's Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers May 29 at Book Expo America

Gracie reading  The Wild Things to Elephant–watercolor, ink and Mozart–for The Sendak Memorial at the 19th Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at Book Expo America

Gracie and Elephant fell out of my pen and landed on the page…much like they did in their book. I thought about Maurice often while I was making the book, Elephant’s Story. I was a student of Maurice’s in the 70’s.

The book was drawn to Stan Getz and Miles Davis. However, this piece of art is for Maurice…It was drawn to Mozart.

I am happy that it will be part of the Sendak Memorial.

Bob Scared digital signed print donated to the 19th Annual Children's Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at the 2013 Book Expo America

Bob Scared digital signed print by Tracey Campbell Pearson donated to the 19th Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at the 2013 Book Expo America

I am also donating a signed digital print (100% rag paper) from my book Bob published 2002 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. I have been asked again and again for prints from Bob. I’m sorry I am not more organized and do not remember who you are! Finally I made this print for the auction. Maybe you will be at the Silent Auction at the Javits Center in NYC on May 29th? It is for a great cause. Bob is happy he can be there.

I am including a link to the auction site…a lot of wonderful art has been donated by a group of amazing artists…it is an honor to be part of the event…hope to see you there…if not…they are having an on-line auction as well…..tcp http://abffesilentauction.wordpress.com/about/

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