A visit to Porterdale
Author signs books at elementary school
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.