An opportunity to inspire students to write and illustrate their own stories
Kim Brown, sister of author Marc Brown and the inspiration for Arthur’s sister D.W., will appear at two Volusia County libraries Friday, July 13.
These free presentations, geared toward children ages 5 and up, will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.; and 2:30 p.m. at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
WHO: Children Ages 5 and Up
WHEN: Friday, July 13th, 2:30PM at New Smyrna Beach Library
Brown will discuss her brother and his famous book and TV characters, show how an Arthur book is created, read a favorite Arthur book, and reveal her brother’s secret formula for drawing Arthur. A famous aardvark may make an appearance.
“Most of the characters in Marc Brown’s books are modeled after one person or a combination of people from his life. Many characters were inspired by people he knew when he was growing up and going to school in Milcreek, Pennsylvania. Mr. Ratburn is based on the “meanest algebra teacher ever,” and Grandma Thora is based on Brown’s real grandmother Thora, “the best storyteller ever.” Says Brown, “Buster is modeled after my best friend in elementary school, Terry Johnson, who was a real practical joker. Terry spent a lot of time in the principal’s office. In third grade, I spent a lot of time watching a girl named Patricia DelPorto instead of doing my math. She had curly hair and long eyelashes. On Valentine’s Day, I remember waiting to get a valentine from her. She is, of course, Sue Ellen, and that’s where I got the idea for Arthur’s Valentine. His sisters, Bonnie, Colleen, and Kimberly have all served as role models for characters in his books–especially D.W. and Francine.“
Brown, who visits libraries and schools across the country, said her goal is to inspire students to write and illustrate their own stories.
Reservations are not required.
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
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