Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A visit with Caroll Simpson

Author/illustrator Caroll Simpson will be presenting her children's book, The First Beaver, October 27th. 2009 in Burns Lake, BC to the Francoise Lake Elementary students. A Northwest Coast art project and creative writing class will follow.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Third Grade Teacher Review

March 16, 2009

To whom it may concern:

On February 27, I was delighted to have Caroll Simpson introduce The First Beaver to my third grade students. Not only did we enjoy this wonderful northwest native legend, but we were mesmerized by the handmade artifacts she had created to enhance her presentation. They included a northwest native button blanket depicting The First Beaver, numerous cradleboards (Third Mothers), and hand-stitched authentic native dolls. She had also created a power point presentation of her book. After describing the story and artifacts, she led fifty students through an extraordinary project. After explaining several animal clans, she invited the students to select a clan for their project. The students then joined as clans, sitting together. They colored and assembled beautifully designed crests from the prepackaged materials prepared by Ms. Simpson. After assembling headband crests, the students “made” living totem poles, using animals from several different clans. Each “totem pole” was then instructed to write its own unique legend. Students’ enthusiasm for this project was amazing! From there they went off running, writing with greater engagement than I have seen with any writing project in years. Caroll’s positive interaction with students was not only unusual, but energizing. More than fifty students, many with attention problems, packed into a 25 student classroom, couldn’t have been more engaged in her project!

Without any hesitation I highly recommend Caroll Simpson for any Meet the Author or Young Authors program. Besides being one of the most creative people working with children I have met in thirty-one years of teaching, her topic is culturally significant. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are always enriched by the variety of writers and artists who further our cultural understanding of those who were here before us. Her book, with its beautiful illustrations and decorative borders, is a storehouse of information and an excellent springboard for children’s writing.

I am thankful to Caroll Simpson for giving us this unique and invigorating opportunity.

Tracy Hagel
Third Grade Teacher

Monday, February 16, 2009

"The First Beaver": A Visit with Caroll Simpson

Event Type: School-Age ProgramDate: 2/27/2009Start Time: 1:00 PM
Coupeville Elementary School Multipurpose Room - Early Release Day Program.Join author/illustrator Caroll Simpson for a reading of her new children’s book, "The First Beaver." Simpson's storytelling and illustrations not only capture the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and its flora and fauna, they also teach about Aboriginal culture.

A Native American craft will follow. For children and families. Funded by Caroll Simpson and the Friends of the Coupeville Library.Library: Coupeville Library Presenter: Caroll Simpson

Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas Art Show

Art Show on Whidbey Island successful and fun. Sold books and made great new contacts and friends.