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​Right before I started teaching, I was shared a blog post from “The Cult of Pedagogy” about finding your marigold. If you haven’t read it, 我将在此处链接. The writer talks about a gardening technique involving planting a marigold in a garden bed, to help the other plants grow big and strong. The author made an analogy to teaching and finding your person. When I first read it, I was reminded of a neighbor that I used to have. She had a warm smile, a thick Louisiana accent, and paid my $100 to water her plants for a month. It was a pretty sweet deal for a middle schooler.  She used the companion gardening to keep her babies safe from deers. 

I have been lucky to have found so many marigolds in my first three years of teaching. The marigold closest to my heart, is the art teacher at the high school. I believe that whatever her soul is made of, mine is too. So much so, that when we moved into our current house. My brother had a hard time telling us apart. Since we became friend, we have always said that we needed to write a children’s book together. But, we had absolutely no idea what we wanted to write about. Until, a free write with my English 11 students. 

One of my core beliefs as an English teacher, is writing with them. It helps them grow and it helps me stay connected to what it feels like to be a student. As a class, we were in the middle of our multi genre research project and I wanted students to take a stab at writing a children’s book. 

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So, I decided to write about this running joke for the children’s book free write. I was originally inspired 通过 the children’s book “Ish” in both the illustrations and craft. At the end of the class period, I read what I had to my students. It definitely wasn’t not a perfect draft, but there was something there. I decided that I would try and get it published as a Christmas gift for my niece. 

Before I could look at publishing it, I needed some edit and some illustrations. My husband was my editor. He doesn’t love to write, but he loves to edit. I don’t get it, but I’m so thankful for him. Then luckily, my marigold is an amazing artist. I am careful with my words here, because she hates when people say artwork is just a talent. She wants her students to know that it is art-work not art-easy. But seriously, she has a natural talent and a crazy work ethic. She is goals.

I decided, that the easiest way to get a published copy was to make a photo book through Vista Print. I also found a pretty good coupon. 🙂 In total, it took just over a week for Vista Print to create and ship the book. It made it here Christmas Eve. It turned out better than what I expected. My initial reaction was, “oh dang, I made a book”. There were a few pages were the text got cut off ever so slightly. It was a problem on Vista Print side, and I got a full refund. 

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Once I had the images scanned, I added the text on the Vista Print software. It was really fast and easy! 

If you would like to read the full book, I have attached the text below. It was a really fun experience. I am already thinking of more books to write! 

第1页:
阿梅利亚喜欢阅读。 

第2页:
她的妈妈

她娜娜

与她的山姆大叔,这是真的 

第3页:(居住房 - 书篮)

She’d run right to her book basket and pick out one for you.

第4页:
而阿梅利亚爱的话,她不喜欢说话。 

第5页:

她将签署, 

她会鼓掌, 

她让出相当的伊克。 

第6页:
她的父母开始担心,条件黯淡。
将我们亲爱的阿梅利亚曾经学说话? 

他们去看了医生只是沉默的关注,
原来亲爱的阿米莉亚是有点固执。

第7页:

“Well you know”, said her aunt with a twinkle her eye, “she might learn to speak if she knew there was a prize.”

“如果为了得到亲爱的阿米莉亚说... 
她学会了问一个小马,它真的会那么整齐?”

第8页:
她妈妈认为它过来,说,“我想这是很好”
她只需要问她的爸爸在关键时刻

日期定为圣诞节,这将是一个相当壮举,
但听到她的声音亲爱的真的是如此甜蜜。

第9页
半年到圣诞节她找到她的声音,
如果她想有一个小的马。 

第10页:
所以每次她的姑姑和叔叔看到自己喜欢的侄女,
they would practice, practice, practice just to work on her showpiece.

我,我,我

哇,哇,想

P-P-小马

第11页: 

阿梅利亚鼓掌,高兴,但一个字,她也不会说
这似乎是一个空院子怎么会留下来。

第12页:
几个月沿轧制和十二月来得太快, 
得到一个小马将是过去的事情了。

第13页:
他们成立了圣诞晚餐和家人坐着吃,
当爷爷听到阿梅利亚说些什么比在自己的座位上。

第14页:
“呵呵”爷爷说,他的听力不太好
家庭转向阿梅利亚所有被困她迷住 

第15页: 
它开始了平静,但随后声音却成长。
它越来越响的阿梅利亚发现她的流量。

我希望有一个小马!
她大声向天空!

Her parents clapped, cheered, shrugged, and tears came to their eyes… 
现在一个漂亮的小马,他们将不得不购买。

第20页:
阿梅利亚笑了笑,咯咯地笑了,因为她知道她赢了
而这一切都归功于她的姑姑和叔叔谁是#1

Kristina Moore is an English Teacher Librarian at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School. Teacher by day, writer 通过 night. She runs on coffee and YA novels.