Test Run of My Story on Real Kids

I’ve been struggling to keep up with everything lately and have been scarce here. Thanks to blogger buddies like Bish Denham, I’m still plugging along. Bish invited me to guest post on her blog, and today is the day! 

Testing the work in progress of Curse of the Double Digits on a second grade class in 2008 made for wonderful memories in my writing journey. Please hop over to Bish’s blog, Random Thoughts, to read about it.
Drawn by Bobbie Watkins, age 8
Cypress Elementary School
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 
                                                                                   ~Pablo Picasso
The children didn’t have the benefit of seeing any illustrations when I read my manuscript to them. The teacher, Mrs. Kyle, had them draw their own!
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16 Responses to Test Run of My Story on Real Kids

  1. What a great idea. How fun for the students to create their own illustrations. I'll bet it was fun for you to see them, also.Heading over to Bish's now. . .

  2. How fun! I bet it was wonderful seeing all those drawings. I love it!

  3. Ruth – Yes, it was fun for the students to draw their favorite character. I loved seeing their interpretations of how the characters looked!Emily – It was a blast reading to the kids and watching their responses. And the drawings was such a nice surprise at the end, and then I got to keep them. Pretty awesome!

  4. Oh, I just love the art the kids draw. It's always so rich… What a buzz for you! 🙂

  5. JJ says:

    Sometimes, artists present the world the way they think we want to see it. Children are always honest.

  6. I think that the trick is to keep seeing the world as if it is for the first time…

  7. Alarna – Yes, I love kids' art, too. Yes, it's a buzz! Haven't used that term in ages!JJ – What a cool observation. So very true!Susie – You're so right. Seeing the world as if for the first time is the key to art and writing both, I think!

  8. Like I said on Bish's blog, this sounds like a great book. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. 🙂

  9. How cool that you got to test-drive Double Digits on the second grade class, Lynn! And I love Bobbie's drawing!

  10. We are totally digging Curse of the Double Digits–it's a great read-aloud. What a gift to you–those illustrations the kids did. 🙂 (I did say thank you for your gift to me, right?!) I swear I am losing my mind these days. 🙂

  11. Sherry Ellis says:

    Hey, guess what? I started reading your post at 12:12! So that's 12:12, 12-12-12.Sounds pretty lucky to me!

  12. What a fabulous idea! I hope it's very very successful!Patricia Rickrodew/a Jansen Schmidt

  13. What a great idea! I have another friend that is just starting out writing children's books. I'm going to share this with her. 🙂 I loved your book. It was such a fun read!

  14. I still think the teacher had a super idea to give them to you. Children's drawings are so special. Especially when they're about your children's book. 🙂

  15. Lynn, wanted to thank you for the eCard!!

  16. cleemckenzie says:

    I think having kids draw their own pictures is a brilliant idea!

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