Students of Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ, sent me artwork and notes thanking me for presenting my school assemblies at their school November 2015. These are my responses to their notes:
Zoee - Thank you for the lovely drawing. I am glad you were able to see for yourself where the jumping beans grow.
Felicity - I would love to return to Colina School to read you my next book. I too enjoyed seeing the teachers eat crickets. Yum!
Matlyn - I enjoyed your drawing and how it had me standng in front of the computer. I am glad you could feel the larva wiggling inside the seed when you held it. Isn't it amazing?
Julius - Yes, the seeds do grow on bushes in the mountains of Mexico in the Sonoran Dessert. I am glad I was able to share the jumping beans with you.
Kiera - I hope one day you are able to travel to Mexico and see where the seeds grow. Mrs Norg is very brave to have tasted a cricket. It is fun to experience new things.
Lyric - First of all, what a lovely name you have. Yes, writing takes lots of practice and patience. It was my pleasure sharing my stories with you.
Savannah - I loved your picture of the mountains and cactus. You are correct, the seeds have little animals (insect larva) inside. Quite fascinating!
Jeremiah - Perfect! The jumping beans are NOT beans, so don't go eating one!
Charlotte - I also enjoyed showing you my pictures. It was great to be able to take you to the high Sonoran Dessert without having you leave the room. I am glad you like to write. I hope to someday read a book you have written.
Lukas - Did you know that your name, Lukas, means "bringer of light?" I loved your picture. I am glad you learned a bit of Spanish from the book.
Kyle - Nice drawing! I especially like the sun. It was my pleasure having you hold the jumping beans.
Ayanna - You are absolutely correct! Some animals go through a process of metamorphosis. It is pretty interesting. I am glad you like the book.
William - Your teacher is very special; not everyone would dare to try a cricket! Just like not everyone knows why the jumping bean moves.
Carlton - Bravo! With so many people in this world, it is good to know that we all do not eat the same foods. That would be pretty boring. Really nice illustration.
Jayda - You are so right. The seeds move when they feel warmth, when they hear noise, or sense strong light.
Zyion - I too would enjoy being invited to visit your school once again. It was fun for me to also share my slide shows with you and have you learn something new.
Scarlett - It was a pleasure visiting your school. I found all of you to be thankful, nice, and respectful as well.
Mason - Thank you for remembering that the larva is moving about in the seed because it is eating. Well done!
Aspen - Nice picture. I too hope to have several more books to share with you. I am glad you picked up new Spanish words. I am glad you liked going up into the mountains to learn about the jumping beans.
Darion - Now, you are one of a few people who knows what makes a jumping bean seed move! You are right, a larva. I enjoyed sharing my story with you.
Christopher - Thank you for the picture of me presenting. It was fun sharing the beans and books with you.