Award winning, Children's book author T.E. Watson spent the day at Richvale Elementary Monday to help kick off "Read Across America Week," and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
The two classrooms, grades 1-3, Mrs. Logue's class had the morning session to spend with the author asking him a wide variety of questions and grades 4-6, Mrs. Andes had the afternoon session.
The students of Mrs. Logue's class prepared their own endings to Watson's book, "The Tale of Jeremy Monster" and were able to see "Jeremy" in person, a paper mache monster, also made of chicken wire and bandages.
Here are just a few of the book endings: "Jeremy the Monster by Luke Williams, Once Upon a time there was a boy he was 10 years old he went to the store and got some bananas, milk, soda and a apple. A mean boy stole his bike, so he went to the mean boys house. He told him to be nice. The mean boy said, 'Sorry for being mean to you." The End.
Student Sydnee Stopplemore's ending to Jeremy read, "Jeremy was an eight year old monster and everyday his mom told him to go to the store. He would get eggs, bread, milk and worms. A bully pushed him down and he went home and told his mom that the bully was pushing him down. Jeremy's mom talked to the bully's mom and the bully was nice after that."
Imaginations of the children were exciting to witness as they spoke with Watson who has written 145 children's books and over 400 magazine articles.
Watson showed them videos and offered to let them edit one of his chapters from his current works, "The Misadventures of Peter Rooney Normal Kid."
Watson said, "Although bullying and teasing has been an issue for schools for a long time, the idea of the Monster and the Mailbox is autobiographical. My sister and I still tease each other,"
"If it's bad tell me, if it's good, tell me," he told the students as they submitted endings.
Richvale Elementary is a hidden gem that has served to educate many generations over the years and continues to be a great learning experience for first through sixth graders before they head to Biggs Middle School.
"Smaller schools get forgotten. They don't have the opportunity to have an author visit usually. That's why I'm excited to be here," Watson explained. "These are the kids that get kudos because their parents are doing a good job limiting videos. These kids are going to be outstanding when they are grown up. These kids are respectful and I would put them in my top three as far as behavior, general attitude, kids were calling me 'Sir', Watson said.
Watson will visit again soon to deliver the book "The Mountain" to the students. Watson wrote this book 25 years ago which is full of heroes and exciting tales for the children. "I've never seen a school enjoy reading so much."