This week I am thrilled to celebrate a very special visit from author/artist/poet/word-wizard/snail-inventor, the amazing Calef Brown! To say that we adore Calef Brown’s art and poems is an extreme understatement. We are ultimate fans! So much so that we have been working on creating what we have come to call Calef Brown Land: a world on our outside bulletin board that features creatures, flying machines, flora and fauna inspired by Calef’s work. Calef’s book Dragon, Robot, Gatorbunny was the inspiration for many of these pieces We started drawing . . . And then we painted Creatures and such were cut out and collected. And then the building of Calef Brown Land began. It was admired :-) Because it is AMAZING! Full of whimsy, vibrant colours and all kinds of joyous charm. And then, today . . . Calef Brown, himself, was coming to visit! Books were ready (check out the top row) The schedule was set. Welcome signs were made. And then, we heard the shouts, “Calef Brown is here! He’s here!”
Staying in the room and calm went quickly out the window. Because today was the day! We got to visit with Calef Brown!
Sharing the mural was pretty special. But having Calef Brown share with us . . . Well, now, that was just full of wow! We talked about syllables and favourite words. Rhymes and near rhymes. List making. Word savouring. Rice paper. Tones. Inspiration. Silly. Colours. End papers and treasures under the book jackets. We got to ask lots of questions and found out many things like which came first – the poem? the word? the illustration? (Never the chicken or the egg in case you were wondering)
We watched Calef read poems (perfectly) upside down. And . . . recite multiple poems from memory. Most of his poems are stored in his head and he shared them with us, when the time was right, on multiple occasions. When the students had their recess break, Calef made each one a special note. (Yes, he really did this! I witnessed it!)
He also gifted a signed copy of his newest book Hypnotize a Tiger to our school. Calef got a little peek at my students doing what they do best: losing themselves in books! His books, of course, flew into hands and were shared together or devoured individually. In the afternoon, students got a peek at their individual notes. Lots of smiles all around :-) This week I celebrate Calef Brown’s generosity, creativity and time. His visit was very special for us, confirming our knowledge that book makers – readers, writers, artists extraordinaire are magical. They make the world extra everything! Thank you Calef Brown! This was a morning for the very important memory files. Filed under . . .
Trying for all the same syllables :-)
Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community! Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.