Parents – click here!

             Hello fellow parents! I’d like to share with you the story of how I created this book series with my son. It is a project that started with a small spark and turned into an exciting parent-child collaboration.

             Ever since Colin was small, he’s been drawing faces. At the age of two, he seemed to produce an unending variety of these characters, each day outdoing the ones he had done before. Everywhere he looked, he’d point out faces– in the pattern on the curtains, in the clouds and in the leaves of trees. Once when Colin was three, he glanced down at his coat and exclaimed, “Look! All these people are buttons!” With amazement I realized that he saw his buttons as people first, and only later recalled that they served a function. What a delightful world he lived in!

As Colin grew older, his illustrations became more sophisticated and varied. I saw that his characters were not only filled with life, but they seemed to have amusing stories to tell. By the time Colin was ten, piles of these drawings had accumulated all over the house. One day, while looking at an illustration he’d done of a city bus, I had an inspiration. Why not tell the story behind the picture? Right then, a few lines of poetry popped into my head. Out of the blue, “Freaky Bus” was born.

I kept it a secret.

I had a glimmering thought that I could do a whole series of these stories, and maybe Colin and I could publish them into a book. I spent the next few weeks working on the sly, hoping that something child-worthy might result. The verdict came when I presented the poems to Colin and his younger sister, Devon, and witnessed the excitement and laughter they created.

And so we added and edited and enhanced our stories, and a recurring theme emerged. The message in these vignettes is that that no matter how challenging one’s situation, the power of the human spirit can prevail. Colin’s unabashedly unique characters always find a way to triumph over their circumstances. I believe that’s a pretty good lesson for all children!

If you would like to introduce your child to the mechanics of poetry, click on the Teachers – click here! tab. There you’ll find a teaching guide designed for middle-schoolers, but it could be used to challenge kids of any age. Whether you purchase this book to encourage the love of reading, or just to tickle your child’s funny bone, we hope you enjoy our collection as much as we enjoyed creating it.  Feel free to email us anytime at jenwhite@charter.net.

Jennifer Lasker White

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Book #2:

Hello parents!

Since Colin and I published our first book, Coolhead Luke and Other Stories, we‘ve enjoyed presenting our work at bookstores, schools and libraries and on television interviews. It’s been a wonderful mother-son experience! Thank you to everyone who’s come to see us and to the thousands of people around the world who have purchased our book.

Now a student in middle school, Colin has grown a couple of years older and his illustrations have become reflective of the social and moral challenges of pre-teens and young teenagers. What has remained unchanged is the surreal silliness that younger and older children both enjoy. Our hope is that the same kids who loved Coolhead Luke will also love On The Edge, as will their younger brothers and sisters!

To help present the mechanics of poetry, I have again included a glossary of terms and a guide for teachers and homeschoolers in the back of the book. Please use these if you’d like to discover the poems on a deeper level. But, as always, we hope the primary experience you get from our book is to have fun!

It is enormously satisfying for us to know that our words and images have been appreciated by so many. Thanks for your support. As always, feel free to email us at anytime at jenwhite@charter.net.

Jennifer Lasker White

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Belynda on November 4, 2007 at 12:54 am

    I’ve enjoyed looking at your pictures and poems. What an exciting project to do as a family.

    Reply

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