A visit to Por­terdale

Au­thor signs books at el­e­men­tary school

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Ge­or­gia au­thor, il­lus­tra­tor and for­mer teacher Pam Alexan­der vis­ited Por­terdale El­e­men­tary School Thurs­day.

Alexan­der pre­sented a pro­gram to stu­dents about the five books she has writ­ten and il­lus­trated.

She il­lus­trated her first four books, about the Ge­or­gia ad­ven­tures of Yu­mion the Vi­dalia onion, for au­thor Rhonda Frost Petty.

Alexan­der both wrote and il­lus­trated her fifth book “Jeremiah Makes His­tory Hop.” The char­ac­ter Jeremiah is a time­trav­el­ing tree frog that sur­vives the Amer­i­can Civil War, hears a fa­mous Martin Luther King Jr. speech and much more.

Dur­ing her pre­sen­ta­tion Alexan­der told stu­dents she has no for­mal art train­ing. To il­lus­trate a char­ac­ter she takes a pho­to­graph of a per­son posed in the po­si­tion she would like to draw her char­ac­ter in, and then uses the pic­ture as a model.

Alexan­der dis­cussed with stu­dents the nat­u­ral and his­tor­i­cal sites to see in Ge­or­gia such as the Dahlonega gold mines and the Oke­feno­kee Swamp as well.

Also, her books align with the newly adopted so­cial stud­ies Ge­or­gia Per­for­mance Stan­dards cur­ricu­lum, so her visit gave teach­ers an op­por­tu­nity to con­duct class­room dis­cus­sions about na­tional and state his­tory. Fol­low­ing her pre­sen­ta­tion, she sold and au­to­graphed copies of her books, book­marks, ac­tiv­ity book, DVD and onion neck­lace charms. For more in­for­ma­tion on Alexan­der and her books, go to www. besweet­pub­li­ca­tions. com.

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