Monday, February 23, 2009

20th Annual Dublin Literacy Conference -- Grace Lin

The Friday before the conference, featured author Grace Lin was the visiting author at our school. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students were captivated by her presentation on her book A YEAR OF THE DOG. They loved getting all of the inside scoop on which parts came directly from her life and which parts were invented or changed.

And of course, they loved when it was time to
learn to draw a dog the way Pacy draws dogs
in the book.

You start with a 5, then add the top of the dog's
head and its ear.

After the neck comes the collar and tags,
the body, the tail, the spot and the bark!

The students all took their drawing lesson very

They even learned to make some Chinese characters.
(Unless, like this girl, they can write in Japanese
and they already knew the characters!)

As a special treat when the dog drawing lesson
was over, Grace read a chapter from her new
which comes out in June.

My special treat was getting an advanced copy of the
book from Grace the next day at the conference! I can't
wait to read it!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
Little, Brown Young Readers
June, 2009
Review copy compliments of the author


  1. Mary Lee,

    Grace is great, isn't she? I hope you had an opportunity to chat with her. Hope you had a wonderful conference too.

  2. Wish I could have been a student at your school to watch the presentation. Yay for Grace!!

  3. Number 5 dogs! I love it.

  4. It sounds like you are having too much fun these days! I think having Grace Lin visit would be phenomenal. I can't wait to read her new book.


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