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Back To School

This summer I was lucky enough to win a twitter giveaway via GoodReadswithRonna for a picture book manuscript critique from Cathy Ballou Mealey. The critique was so very helpful and through Cathy’s suggestions, and questions I was able to polish my WIP. And that wasn’t all I was lucky to receive, I also found a great book to share with my students.

When A Tree Grows, written by Cathy Ballou Mealey and illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejska debuted this past Spring to glowing reviews.

I had mentioned to Cathy that I was going to share the book with my students when school started up again. And was surprised and pleased when she very generously sent me bookmarks to give to my students and a note to share with them.

So on the last day before school is to start, I’m looking forward to meeting my new students and sharing When a Tree Grows with them. As a teacher for the visually impaired/blind I bring along a story box of items that add tactual details to the stories I share with my students.

I already have the bear, but now I’m off to scavenger hunt for the moose, acorns, the truck, the squirrel and the bark of a tree. And we’ll definitely have to take a trip outside to touch a standing tree. Then, as in the book, two things could happen, and its my guess they’ll include learning and fun. Thanks Cathy!

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