Chris Van Dusen, hero to children and parents alike, had an enthusiastic greeting at Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor on a chilly December 1st Saturday morning. Chris quipped to the crowd of over 100 people that he could think of a lot of better things to do on a Saturday than come see himself, but the crowd couldn’t have disagreed more! The audience was captivated by his reading of newly released If I Built a House and the sharing of artwork from his children’s books and graphics for things like the L. L. Bean catalog and the Maine lobster license plate.
After Chris did his presentation, it was time for the students to share their house designs, displayed along the edges of the stage. They came up with so many innovative ideas, with slides, trap doors, lofts and fire places that I see a lot of Mount Desert Island architects in our future!
Chris also took time to personally sign copies of his many books…and it wasn’t just the little ones who were excited! Everyone was thrilled to get a chance to meet Chris and tell him how much they love his work. Thanks to Pemetic School, staff, and kids for hosting us!
Next up on our tour was the Northeast Harbor Public Library…with another large, enthusiastic crowd! We certainly saw the love for Chris and his wonderful books in the excited shouts from the kids (and adults) in the front row!
The Mellon Room was such a cozy, welcoming environment to enjoy Chris’ presentation, and his books!
IRW is so happy to bring these sorts of events to our community at large. In fact, we couldn’t be happier at the turnout for the day, the support from folks like Eileen at Northeast Harbor Library, and Carol at Pemetic Elementary…and the fantastic group of kids and adults who came out to meet and listen to Chris!