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I’m happy as a hamster with chubby cheeks.  

Cynthia Lord visited my son’s elementary school this week. As the PTA co-chair for this function, I was on pins that all would run smoothly, and thanks to Cynthia’s enthusiasm and the kid’s excitement, the 2-day visit was a fabulous success. Our preparation and planning paid off. 

In anticipation for Cynthia Lord’s visit, the kids decorated ducks which we hung in the school’s entrance to help Cindy feel welcome. The duckies, as you can see, are quacktastic!


And look what some wonderful parent baked for the kids to share with Cindy.

Cynthia Lord demonstrated her writing process and her passion for both reading and writing with the students using a slide presentation and examples from her books, RULES and HOT ROD HAMSTER. While the focus was on RULES for the older grades, the K through 2nd grades enjoyed Cynthia’s new picture book,
Hot Rod Hamster. 

 Hot Rod Hamster

This is one feisty hamster who knows exactly what he wants in a racing car - fast and flamy, custom-built, a roaring and squealing speed machine. Along with Hamster, readers can choose between different options for their own hot rod. As they turn the page, the reader can compare their choice of color, tires, parts, and model to that of Hamster’s. Both the text and illustrations are amusing with hidden nuggets waiting to be discovered on each subsequent reading. The rhythmic words and the vibrant artwork are a feast for the ears and eyes. Hamster and his friends are adorable.

 “Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car;

Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car.

Which would you choose?”

 Everyone wants a hot rod. According to S, “Green is the best color for a racing car.”

 Cynthia Lord encouraged the kids to “DARE TO BE BAD.” Excellent advice for writers of all ages and experience, I think. Blank pages can be intimidating and the standards that we set for ourselves hobble our creativity.

Please visit www.cynthialord.com and www.derekanderson.com. You won’t be sorry.


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Apr. 12th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)
And she is fabulous with the kids.
Apr. 12th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
I'm still smiling from that visit! What a great school and such wonderful kids. I crack up every time I think of "Hockey Hamster!"

Thanks for everything, Angela. I loved spending that time with you, Julie, and Kelly. :-)
Apr. 12th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
I'm still laughing about the idea for 3-D school visit presentations. I spoke to one of our Stockton mom's last night and she said her son was so impressed that you wrote Rules in all those different languages! She explained to him that it is more likely that Rules was translated into those languages from English and not that you know how to write Japanese, Korean and Italian.
Thanks for a great visit.
Apr. 12th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I hope that S didn't take "dare to be bad" as permission to misbehave . . .
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Not that he needs permission...or thinks that he's ever being bad. Joking aside, S is definitely somebody who would benefit from allowing himself to "dare to be bad." He is such a perfectionist and that sometimes prevents him from even trying. He's afraid of stinking at anything.
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