I’ll be speaking and signing books at the Battle of the Books tomorrow,
March 18, 2014, at the Orion Township Public Library.
Every year students at the library read 14 books and answer questions in a quiz show format.
The students have fun, win prizes and read great books.
I’ll tell the story of creating my picture book Step Gently Out with Helen Frost,
answer questions and maybe give a sneak peek at future books.
Below, a river-side damselfly from Step Gently Out:
All light and grace, a new-born mantis
unfolds wrinkles in the garden light, exchanging
signals with future prey.
Chinese Praying Mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis
The last light sheds its meager rays
in the lost corners of the world,
unraveling a tiny universe, rousing
the workers from sleep.
Eastern black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus
A songbird searches for spring, an avian geometer
calculates angles of light between
late winter afternoons.
Sparrow | Passer domesticus
Bees speed through a garden, fracturing
the landscape into colors, bringing news
of flowers too big to be ignored.
Honey bee | Apis mellifera