After taking pictures of our young readers yesterday, they insisted on seeing themselves - and then the other 400 pictures stored on my iPad. With one child curled on each side of me, we looked at photographs of family vacations, things in nature, food, projects I have completed, things at school, and the images taken in the studios of my author and illustrator friends. In particular, they were intrigued with Eileen Christelow's dog, Emma, and the drafts of her new book hanging on the wall of her studio. "Can you read it?" they asked. By magnifying the image, we could read the text - but only the three double-page spreads I had captured in the image. "Where is the rest of the story?" they asked. I explained how she works on a book and how the completed book would be published later this year. Already, though, they were predicting what would happen to the five little monkeys who had obviously tried to trick their mama and babysitter.
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