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Dear Lynne Barasch,
We are in Anchorage, Alaska at Creekside Park Elementary. We are all in the 3rd grade and read Radio Rescue and really enjoyed it. Here are a couple questions for you. One, what type of pet do you have or want? Two, how did your child get on the wrong bus? Three, how many brothers and sisters do you have? Thank you for taking the time to respond to our questions. :)
To Mrs. Sellers reading block:
I travel to NC often to see my daughter,a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill. I did not think I would be an author. I just started to write a story when my kindergarten child got on the wrong bus and went to the wrong school.
There is no such thing as a favorite color. It depends on how any color relates the colors nearby.
To Miller Gore Elementary: I have illustrated only 2 books that I did not write. The rest are written and illustrated by me.
How many books have you illustrated? Miller Gore Guideway Elementary School
My 3rd grade class just read your book Radio Rescue. We are in Mrs. Sellers's 2nd Reading Block Class. We loved reading your book and looking at your website. We have a couple of questions. How did you know you wanted to be an author? One of our classmates is very curious about what your favorite color is? He says his favortie color is red. We wish you could visit our school. Have you ever visited N.C.? We enjoy reading in our classroom.
3rd Grade Class at Guideway Elementary School
Our class just got finished reading your story Radio Rescue. We enjoyed reading the book. We have a couple of questions for you. How many books have you written? What is your favorite type of books to write? Lots of our students have family in Mexico. Have you ever visited or traveled to Mexico? Hope you have a nice day.
3rd Grade Students at Guideway Elementary School
How long have you been writing books? Sincerely, Jacob Rush
I liked "Radio Rescue" very much!
How did you know we would like the book?
Do you have a favorite book?
Is your job fun? Sarah Grote
I like your book "Radio Rescue".I relly like the drawings. Triston Rothgeb
When you said you could wrie about anything from "crumbs to a big crowd", what did you mean? Lauren Lokey
White Oak Elementary School
Do you like writing books and drawing pictures?
Where do you live? Abbey Agra
Were you born in 1920?
I like "Radio Rescue" and I think it is a great book!! Rileigh Grace Abraham
White Oak Elementary
How did you learn the International Morse Code from "Radio Rescue"? From Hannah Day
We love your book "Radio Rescue". from Katelynd Morrow
White Oak Elementary School Cape Carteret, NC
Ms. Barasch, Our class has just finished reading "Radio Rescue". We would like to ask some questions. Thanks, Kathleen Newton
How long does it take you to write and illustrate a book?
Some books have been completed in months, some take years.
1. What books/authors did you enjoy reading as a child?
When I was a child I read constantly; all the books of Albert Payson Terhune, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Kipling, especially The Jungle Book.
2. How did you decide to become a children’s book author?
I wouldn't say I decided to become a children's book author at all. I thought I would be an illustrator/painter. The first story I wrote (unpublished) The Bus Fuss, was a direct consequence of a misdirected trip to Kindergarten by my then 5 year old daughter.
3. How does both writing and illustrating a book compare to only illustrating?
I consider myself very lucky to have fallen into the genre of picture books as it combines my love of words and drawing. When I write I am always visualizing the illustration possibilities.
4. Several of your books such as Knockin’ On Wood and Radio Rescue have been based on true stories or historical events. Is there any particular reason you are drawn to fictionalizing real-life stories?
I think all stories begin with real things you have read, heard about, or experienced.
5. What aspect of writing for children do you find most satisfying?
I love taking complex ideas and unraveling the puzzle to fit the picture book form. The challenge of keeping the text clean and simple delights me.
6. What advice would you give to aspiring young authors?
Young authors should know that a story can be about ANYTHING. They can find stories to tell just by looking around themselves. By the time a young person is 8 they probably have hundreds of stories if they look hard enough. They could write about anything from crumbs on the kitchen table to a bigger event like getting lost in a crowd.
7. How many books have you written in total?
I have written at least 20 books, ten have been published. I illustrated two others. I never run out of ideas.