In November, Melissa Sweet wrapped up her Some Writer! Tour with stops on Deer Isle – Stonington and Tremont.
A week before Melissa visited these Deer Isle and Stonington, the Stonington Library held a discussion of E.B. White’s book, Trumpet of the Swan. They also hosted Melissa for an author presentation, book sale, and signing the night before her visit to the elementary school.
At the elementary school, Melissa gave an author presentation to the whole school, then led limerick writing workshops with students in Grades 5-6.
The community extended their programming the weekend after Melissa’s visit with a performance of Charlotte’s Web at the Reach Performing Arts Center and “E.B. White Day” at the Stonington Opera House, which included family-friendly activities and a screening of the 1973 film Charlotte’s Web.
At Tremont Consolidated School, students had completely immersed themselves into the worlds of Melissa Sweet and E.B. White. The Bass Harbor Memorial Library sent over a visiting naturalist to talk about spiders (like Charlotte) with students in Grades K-2. First graders created farm animals paintings, and young students also constructed farm collages.
Second graders read “Some Pig” and excerpts from Charlotte’s Web and Some Writer! with a particular focus on the importance of word choice for writers. Third graders used Some Writer! and other books to help them write realistic fiction, while fourth graders worked on personal narratives.
Students in older grades also created SOME ART! We were all overwhelmed by the incredible work and love put into their paintings and collages. One student named Cedar even gifted his painting of a duck to Melissa Sweet, after she had spotted it while it was displayed at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library.
The second grade teacher said, “What an extraordinary opportunity for our students. I especially loved that Melissa Sweet’s book offered so much to so many levels of readers…from kindergarten to adult!”