Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Just For Fun

In the new Pigmoose story, children visiting the Zoo learn about Protective Coloration. Pigmoose overhears and puts his new knowledge to use for our amusement. Learning something new is fun for children, adults, and Pigmooses.

When I finished writing and illustrating this story, I made up a short “game” to explain three different ways Protective Coloration helps animals survive. It’s a simple activity, but interactive and intriguing.

It gives children and their parents or teachers a quick opportunity to figure out answers together. No pressure. Not too much information. A learning moment to be enjoyed just for fun.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pigmoose Returns!

Now that Red Wrinkler and His Rowdy Cousins has been added to our Beantime Stories collection, I'm working on a new Pigmoose tale.

"It's long overdue," Susan reminded me. The last Pigmoose story was written in 2003!

This time,the Striped and Spotted Purple Pigmoose will learn about Protective Coloration and will try to use it to his own advantage. You might be able to spot him hiding behind the Jacaranda tree in the illustration above. I can't say much more today, but this interactive story will have a little science and a lot of humor. Watch for it in August.