My author visit today at Whispering Pines Elementary in Boca Raton, FL was a whole lot of fun. What a happy and adorable group of kids! I spoke to 540 students today in 2 sessions. They were curious and courteous and eager to learn. The teachers and administrators at Whispering Pines have a great sense of humor and were ultra friendly and welcoming. You can just tell these teachers love what they do, and that what makes this school extra special.

The highlights including some silly dancing and silly voice characterizations as well as learning about the plants and animals of Costa Rica. Whispering Pines cares about geography education. Yeah! 540 K5-5th graders now all know where NY and Washington DC are on the map, if they didn’t already know before my visit. The students seem to have a lot of fun with the map and sharing what they know about the USA with the rest of us. I hope many of the students here enter our free Costa Rica Writing and Art Contest!

My favorite part of the day was when a few students came up to talk to me after the presentation about their travels and history. One boy is a descendant of former President William Harrison (and now I am going to do my homework on that Pres) and another tiny girl wanted to tell me about her trip to New Orleans where she saw the devastation still left behind by Hurricane Katrina.

Many thanks to Principal, Dr. Cornnell, Assistant Principal, Mr. Paupore, the wonderful Media Specialist, Barbara Wegner and all the welcoming teachers for inviting me to your school.  The students (and their parents) at Whispering Pines are so fortunate to have such a caring and fun school.

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All about the inspiration for writing Lilly Badilly

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Silly Silly dancing!

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The students love to help Lilly Badilly teach about the plants and animals of Costa Rica.

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Students share their knowledge about America.

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Don’t let the tiny size fool you. This girl pointed to NY City in an instant!

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