Plans for the Barefoot in the Park Festival, May by theleopardus

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									Plans for the Barefoot in the Park Festival, May 9-10, 2009

Featured Book: What NOT to Do When You Find a Spaceship

Author: Drake Highlander
Drake Highlander’s desire to write for children came alive while teaching middle
school reading and social studies. Many of his ideas are inspired by his own
childhood experiences growing up in a large, close-knit family, and all the
outrageous things that went on in that wonderful chaos. Drake lives in Atlanta.

Illustrator: Dee Densmore-D’Amico
Dee Densmore-D'Amico’s work has appeared in publications such as
Cosmopolitan, Women's Wear Daily, and Modern Dog Magazine. She has
sketched in the design studios of well known fashion designers, including Diane
von Furstenberg. In addition, she has received numerous awards from Parenting
Publications of America. Dee’s major influences are Picasso, Antonio Lopez,
Hirschfeld, Erte, and Dr. Suess. Dee lives with her family in central New York.


Presentations & Activities

Reading Time: What Would You Do If You Found a Spaceship?
Drake will engage the children, gaining their attention and interest with questions
to spur their imagination. Then he will read one or more excerpts, and answer
questions about the story and his experience writing this book.

Art Activity: Drawing Characters
Dee will demonstrate how to draw the main characters from the book and coach
the students in the process. Basic drawing supplies will be provided. She will
also answer questions about her experience creating illustrations for the book.

Display Area
Two banners will feature the book with art from the book cover. Free bookmarks
will be available while supplies last.

								
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