Emiko K. (Grade 1) recently won a global poetry contest. Her poem was selected from over 20,000 submissions by Japanese children worldwide across several categories. Emiko speaks Japanese at home and lives in Japan every summer.
As part of their curriculum, students in Ms. Taptich’s class write “Small Moments: Stories From Our Lives.” Emiko was able to include specific details in her poem because of her in-class learning.
Below is Emiko’s winning poem.
Lammy My Treasure (Translated from Japanese)
Lammy is my treasure.
She was my mom’s stuffy.
She became mine when I found her in the secret drawer.
I was 3 years old.
She makes me feel joy and happiness.
When I’m at school my rabbit, owl, and chameleon babysit her.
She rides on the airplane with me to New York City and Japan.
Thank you so much Lammy.
I Love You.
On Tuesday, Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell spoke with lower school students.
Drew Daywalt is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling children’s author whose books include The Day the Crayons Quit, The Day the Crayons Came Home, and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors.
Scott Campbell creates paintings, illustrations, comics, kid’s books and video games. He has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world.
Mr. Daywalt and Mr. Campbell shared a humor-filled presentation and talked about their creative process. When developing the character Sleepy (from Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy), the two spoke on the phone, discussing various ideas for the illustration. Mr. Campbell then sketched 40-50 different versions of Sleepy before coming up with the final depiction. On the writing side, Mr. Daywalt spent a month editing the story until he was very happy with the narrative. Mr. Daywalt also shared that the main character in Sleepy was modeled after his 9-year old son.
The two men read Sleepy to the girls and demonstrated how to do a couple of drawings from the book. The assembly was a tremendous hit, our students were cheering and very excited to get a behind the scenes look at how books are created.
To learn more about Mr. Daywalt and Mr. Campbell, please visit: https://www.amazon.com/Drew-Daywalt/e/B00DW25OSQ and https://www.scottc.com/
Sometimes I write letters to help me feel, to help me think and to help me mend. We tried this today in light of our hearts being so very broken.
-Hamlin Grade 3 Teacher, Brandy Garcia