Marc Brown, yes, Marc Brown of Arthur fame, came to my school! That in and of itself made the week, perhaps even the YEAR, special!
He was charming, just like haracters and just like I thought he would be! Marc Brown not only shared his newest, yet to be published book, Mary McScary, but also connected with staff and students as he shared tales of his life! It seemed too good to be true that his THIRD grade class and some of his teachers inspired his amazing characters. Marc Brown shared pictures of his home on Martha's Vineyard and his menagerie of carefully named goats (one was named Hillary Clinton), adorable Oreo looking cows, and prolific chickens.
There is only one lingering regret I have for the day. Star struck as I was, I did not find the courage to "prove" what I have told many struggling beginning readers needing a sight-word-focused story found in a 1981 Houghton Mifflin basal reader called Help Help! For many years, I have suggested that THE MARC BROWN wrote that cute beginning reader of few words and lots of laughs! On some level, I'm more convinced than ever that it was his work as the story and its characters are for real, just like he was! However, I passed on my chance to know for sure! I'll just have to keep up the pretense!