The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson shines on Chamberlin Elementary…

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall:
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbor quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees….

The students at Chamberlin Elementary in S. Burlington, VT and their librarian Mrs. Flickinger…were busy long before I arrived for my visit to their school.

What a great classroom project!

After reading my version of THE MOON, the 2nd graders re-illustrated Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem using their hometown of South Burlington and Burlington, Vermont. They chose Lake Champlain, the Echo Center in Burlington, their town park and their back yards for inspiration for the setting of the poem.

As these students learned about how words and pictures work together to tell a story, they also learned a lot about their own community.

Artwork by Mrs. Payson/Boudreau’s 2nd graders…

What a great idea….What fun it would be to see what students in New York City, Florida,Texas or Ohio would do with this poem using their own communities!

Thank you Mrs. Flickinger and to the students and teachers at Chamberlin Elementary for sharing your talent with me.
Your paintings are lovely.
I even see some double page spreads….cool…tcp

PS…For the curious…here is a link to my book and the story behind the story:
(warning…it is hard to compete with these young artists!)

Tracey Campbell Pearson

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