I received the following comment, with a question from a young fan:
“I gave another of your books to my dear little friends Little Judy and her little brother Jack. When judy saw the book she said, oh we have others of those! And then she started reading to her brother. And I asked afterwards if she thought the artist was a boy or a girl and she thinks it’s a girl and I don’t think that it’s clear. But she showed me a picture that looks like somebody with longer hair than most boys wear their hair so we’re asking you to answer the question!”
My Answer (off the record, since whenever I ask this question at a school reading, the answer is consistently 50-50… The girls think it’s a girl, and the boys think it’s a boy…)
Here my answer for Little Judy:
She is correct, the hair is a little long, but at the time both boys & girls wore their hair at that length. And I almost didn’t use that illustration. But since the entire point of the book is seeing art from one’s own perspective, I am delighted whenever there is a discussion. For the record, I always thot he was a boy… ps. Off the record!
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”… (to use a famous quote…)
(Also, sometimes, the “Emperor’s New Clothes” approach to art… )
Just wanted to share my fun experience yesterday. My neighbor’s grandchildren were visiting, and I had the chance to meet them. Cecilia, age 6, has all my children’s books, thanks to her grandparents. After I had gone back inside the house, my neighbor told me that her little brother, Thomas, asked Cecilia who I was.
She replied, “Oh that’s the girl who writes books for me!”
It still makes me laugh and my heart smile…
(For those who don’t know me, I am 79!)
I was looking through some postings from 2012, and found this lovely tribute to Addie, my CureJM kid who was the basis for my CureJM Fundraiser. Addie is now a thriving, beautiful teenager, still battling this disease but has it much more under control. We are still looking for that cure!
Addie has also been a character in all of my subsequent children’s books, and was part of the Manner-Man cover…
An adorable sleepyhead fan of The Magic Word…
Reminder from the back of the book:
There is a Magic Word
To use when you’re in need,
So give a smile and shout it out:
The magic word is Please!
There are some other words
That bring a magic touch:
When someone does nice things for you,
Say, “Thank you, very much!”
So thank you to all of my fans who have sent me photos, and liked my page, and used my books as gifts… !
This Flag Day was the Premiere Performance of The Re-United States of America – by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher
This our sixth joint production, five of which have been published by Lazy Bee Scripts and performed internationally in over 20 countries including the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
The play is for elementary school 4th grade students who are learning about the United States and their Capitals. It was wonderful to perform it for the first time on Flag Day!
It’s also very meaningful to collaborate with my daughter – writing together such a special play, performed on such a special day! There is another performance for the parents tonight…
This makes my heart smile…