Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Grand Discussion for Kirby Larson

As I posted a while ago, Kirby Larson is coming to our school next week. In order to have a successful author visit, everyone knows the kids have to know about the author's books. Because of this, my friend Joyce and I repeated a Grand Discussion book for the first time. We re-discussed Hattie Big Sky. Of course, we had to publicize, which gave us the chance to bust out what is probably our favorite photo. I wish I had a computer version of this so it would show up better, but we did this "old school," we actually cut and pasted our photos on top of American Gothic, no Photoshop, we used scissors and glue.

The thought bubbles that I cut off have Joyce thinking, "Look at that sky!" and my thought response, "Sure is big!"

We had 20 kids and parents show for the discussion, a good number, very manageable and they all fit in the library. Of course the conversations were excellent, very thoughtful and fun.

As it was the first time we discussed Hattie Big Sky, the book was a hit, most of the group putting it among their favorites.

When asked if they thought they could do what Hattie did, I was surprised at the number of parents and kids who thought they could. Put me among those who have not desire to even try.

Of course a Grand Discussion would not be complete without cookies. We had some parents contribute this time so there were plenty of cookies to go around.

All in all it was a wonderful evening and a fabulous way to wrap up our Grand Discussions for the year and prepare for our visit from Kirby Larson.


  1. Very fun! That is one of my favorite pictures as well. :)

  2. Hi Guys,
    I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the library. Both brought back very fond memories of my "Bailey Days". Keep up the good work.
    Phil Niemie

  3. Bill, this is why you are so good at what you do. Trust me, not every school thinks the students should be familiar with the book prior to the visit. You are da bomb! And I know Kirby will rock the house.

  4. Phil,
    Stop by anytime and read something in THE PIT, afterall, the room has your name on it!

    Thanks for the kind words. I can't wait for Tuesday.