I have to tell you the life of an author is an exciting one! You just never know which twist and turn is going to occur on any given day.
About 2-3 years ago, I met a lovely retired elementary school teacher at a craft fair I was doing. One of my very first and I was quite nervous talking to people. But, her and I, well, we just clicked. Her name is Rita Hewett.
She is part of a fabulous group of retired teachers who purchase books and then find a matching toy to go with it. They package the book and toy together and then give them away for FREE to children who would otherwise not have a book of their own.
I think they are amazing and I wanted to be part of it!
So, I donated my books to Rita and she found toys to put with them.
Well, when my recent book, Franky the Finicky Flamingo, finally came out in paperback in January, I wanted to get her a copy. She lives about 35 minutes south of me. We were trying to find a weekend and just things weren’t lining up.
Then, my first order or books sold out before I could get her one. So, I ordered a second set and we tried to match our schedules again.
Finally, I said to her that I didn’t know when I was going to get down her way and could I just put it in the mail to her. She had an even better idea and told me to put it in the school courier since I work in a school and she has a friend at a school who agreed to receive it for her.
Guess who that person was? Yup! Mrs. Laynie Fulton, pictured above! Turns out, she is a flamingo lover herself and their classroom mascot is Mrs. Fulton’s Flamingos. When she realized the book she was receiving for Rita was about a flamingo she asked if she could read it to her class.
You know as an author there’s nothing better we like to hear, right?!
“Yes, yes, please read it to your children!!”
She did read it and even sent me pictures!!
Mrs. Fulton wearing her pink class t-shirt with their logo on it and there’s Mrs. Fulton’s Flamingo sitting right alongside her enjoying the book too!
And she actually when one step further and had the children write a response to the story!! They drew cute pictures of Franky and wrote what they liked best about the book.
Wow! What fun it is to be an author and see your book being read to children and seeing them enjoying it! And then receiving their cute drawings and reading what they enjoyed about your book!
Here are some of the things they said,
“I like the part that he got light pink”
I like the part that Franky did not like the food”
“I like the part he did not eat the worm” (and they had a cute little worm drawn saying, “don’t eat me!”)
“The book was funny”
“Thank you for making this story”
I am truly blessed!
Thank Mrs. Laynie Fulton for your generosity in taking your time to share Franky the Finicky Flamingo with your students and having them write/draw responses to me. I appreciate it more than you can know.
And thank you, Rita Hewett, my dear friend, whose support I appreciate so much! You are a gem! You knew what you were doing when you asked me to send my flamingo book to your friend, Mrs. Fulton.