Author and illustrator Mark Teague recently took time to stop by Jamestown Elementary School as a part of the book tour for his new book “The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf.”
Nancy Gravemann, librarian, said she spent time prior to the visit introducing students to Teague’s books.
“I spent two weeks in library classes before his visit introducing the students to Mark Teague and some of his writings,” said Gravemann. “They were already familiar with his illustrations of Jane Yolen’s ‘How do Dinosaurs…’ books so it was easy to learn about the man whose work they already admired.”
During the visit, Teague spoke to students about how authors and illustrators work together to create the books students like to read. He also read his new book to the students, and demonstrated how he drew the pigs and the wolf from the story.
He autographed the drawings for the school to frame and hang in the library.
Gravemann said the visit was a great opportunity for students to learn that the people who create the books they like to read are normal people just like they are.
“This was a great opportunity for the students to see that children’s authors are many times ordinary people who first began writing and drawing when they were young and it became a passion and career,” said Gravemann.
“He appeared to be a quiet man yet he was able to connect with the students during the assembly,” she said. “His quick drawings of the pig and the wolf were especially well received.”
After the assembly Teague took time to meet with students and autograph books. Gravemann held a drawing for one student from each grade level at the assembly to win a book and have it signed by Teague.
Jonathan Austin, first grade, said the visit with Teague was wonderful.
“Mr. Teague and his book were wonderful,” said Austin. “I was happy that he wrote his name in my book.”
Jaylen Calloway, second grade, said he enjoyed the visit and the opportunity to meet Teague.
“I really liked the story,” said Calloway. “I think it’s really cool that I get to meet an author.”
Ja’Naiya Butler, kindergarten, said the story taught her an important lesson.
“I learned that the big bad wolf isn’t always bad,” said Butler. “Sometimes people are just having a bad day and they need a friend.”
Alek Johnson, third grade, said the story taught him not to judge others.
“I learned not to judge anybody, because in the story the pigs let the big bad wolf in and feed him. They did that after he blew their houses down and they didn’t have to do that,” said Johnson.
Gravemann said the one-on-one visits with Teague made the event extra special for students.
“I was very impressed that he took time with each student who had a book to be autographed,” said Gravemann. “The students asked questions and he spoke to each one as if they were the only one there. There were many smiles and beaming faces that day.”