They immediately noticed the Caldecott Medal and demanded to know just how old the book was. We pulled out our Caldecott posters (from Follett and Perma-bound) and they found Make Way for Ducklings all the way down at the bottom. We discussed how the pictures were illustrated and I showed them different art tools like charcoals and pencils. I sketched a simple copy of duck and they marveled at my ability. (That’s why I love kindergartners since I HAVE no ability.)
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I showed the class a postcard from my trip to Boston for ALA Midwinter several years ago. On the postcard are the statues of those ducks. I shared how traveling has always been a dream of mine. I would read books as a little girl in Iowa and dream of going to far away places to see the settings. As a little girl, I wanted to see the sights of Boston. I wanted to visit the Lincoln Memorial. I wanted to travel a riverboat, to see Paris, and to watch the giraffes in Africa.
We dashed outside and into a taxi. For $25 he agreed to drive us all over DC at night for an hour. He even stopped the cab so we could get out and climb the Lincoln Memorial steps. Standing at the top of the steps gazing at the statue and the view, I was so thrilled. One of the greatest wishes of my life had been fulfilled. I have returned to that Memorial each time I visit DC and my love for that statue still grows.