Discussing Book Publishing and Diabetes with Enrichment Class Students During 5th Author School Visit

On Tuesday, I enjoyed my 5th Author School Visit with Laura Newcomer’s 5th Grade Enrichment Students at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Elementary School. As soon as the students assembled Max showed me example of his Green Brain Editing of What Color Is Your Brain?. In chapter #12 Connecting with Others and Building Rapport at the bottom of  page 99 in the A Traveling Game section Max discovered a missing “to” in the sentence…Keep an open mind. (Under different circumstances, you may not want “to” make a connection.)

Mrs. Newcomer and I are delighted that Max enjoys his Green Brain Editing! We think that Max could be a budding author, editor, journalist, and/or publisher! He is a grand Green Brain Investigator and Problem solver!

Speaking of being a journalist, Kara Beach who is the Communications Specialist for Community Consolidated School District 21, has been visiting our Princess Shayna class for the last few weeks. This week, I asked Kara to explain her job to the students. Kara “expert” comments were a perfect compliment to my Yellow, Blue, Green, and Orange Brain Color Presentation about writing a book proposalmaking an agreement and signing a contract with the publisher, mind-mapping ideas, organizing the ideas, writing a manuscript, working with editors, working with an illustrator, and celebrating when the book is published and on the market!

The students enjoyed seeing the slides with my pictures that showed them how Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift  and all books used to be made with 4 color printing and with the 16 page signature sheets. They loved seeing an actual signature sheet that I showed them from the 1st Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift publication in 1997! I also showed them a page from the 2nd edition of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift, which they are reading, and explained that it was digitally scanned because of the advanced printing technologies.

Mrs. Newcomer also wanted me to discuss Princess Shayna having Type 1 Diabetes. I began by asking the students if they knew about diabetes. Everyone raised their hands. I was thrilled to see their awareness about diabetes and it just wasn’t a disease their grandparents had. Then I explained the follow to the students:
1. The definition of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
2. Diabetes is an chronic disease which has become a worldwide epidemic.
3. Our eldest son Joshua has had Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) for 28 years and that is why I allocate 10% of royalties from my books to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to find a cure!
4. You do not have to be perfect to be love, not even Princess Shayna is perfect. Princess Shayna has T1D.
5. How Sigmund the Royal Wizard attempts to find a cure for Princess Shayna’s Sleeping Illness.
6. How Sigmund the Royal Wizard discovered that Silver Apricot Potions from the Gingko Tree, which longevity and survival.
7. Why Sigmund the Royal Wizard asked Sara Spundah to spin a Silver Apricot Potion vessel for Princess Shayna.
8. How Princess Shayna listens very carefully as Sigmund explains how she must dispense her Silver Apricot Potion 3 times a day so she will not become gravely ill again.

The students immediately understood all the diabetes connections. As always, the children asked amazing questions. We were all disappointed that the class time flew by so quickly and we did not have more discussion time. I am looking forward to my visit next week.

Stay tuned to learn about the students sharing their Praiseworthy Gift Figures with their families.


boost your brain power #4Boost your Brain Power with links in the right-hand side column of this page! Remember that 10% of the royalties from the sale of my books is allocated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

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