Busy week….Ann Engelhart has been in town, and we’ve been working hard.
As you might or might not know, Ann and I have done four books together. She came to town to tape an EWTN Bookmarks program. We decided to take advantage of the visit and schedule some school talks…and have we ever!
We did three today – well, four talks, since one school had us speak to two separate groups. We’ll have one tomorrow after our taping and before she leaves.
What to do we do? Well, Ann managed to bring some her paintings (yes, all of her illustrations are originally actually watercolor paintings), so we have them available for the children to see. Then we read Adventures in Assisi to them, talk a bit about the story and the process, and then Ann shows some “slides” of photographs of scenes compared with her paintings of those scenes. The children seem to enjoy hearing about the real-life models for Gianna and Lorenzo, pointing out the animals Ann included in every illustration, and talking about, er…New York..when they learn she’s from New York.
So, there’s that….
At some point over the weekend, I’m going to fix up my bookstore page so you can get started ordering some Christmas gifts, if you like. Ann’s going to sign all of the books I have here, so what you’ll get are books signed by both of us, for once.
And don’t forget the Bambinelli! If you are responsible for parish religious education, a Catholic school program or a parish…consider doing your own “Bambinelli Sunday.” It’s December 14 this year – the 3rd Sunday of Advent. It’s a real thing in Rome – here’s the website for this year’s event. Last year, I invited folks to let me know if they were doing a Bambinelli Sunday in their parish. Here’s a post with an ongoing list – I wouldn’t bother clicking on any of the parish links – most of them were to parish bulletin notices, and most of those links are dead by now, of course. But that post might give you ideas for what to do in your own setting. I’ll have more about that next week.
Oh, and if you’ve not been back since the last quick takes…you probably missed Groucho…..
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