Author Deborah K. Frontiera paid a visit to Urban Park Elementary School (Dallas ISD) in Dallas, Texas on April 15, 2011. The visit had been arranged almost a year before by the school's librarian, Kena Sosa. The school purchased copies of Frontiera's picture book, Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis, to help students increase their awareness of science in literature.
Frontiera talked to all students in the school in grade level groups telling them about how she researched and wrote the book. She used marionettes to act out one scene between a moose and a wolf and updated students on the science involved with recent research concerning wolves and their status "upgrade" from endangered to threatened.
Students were well prepared for Frontiera's visit and had prepared bulletin boards and hall displays with themes of ecology and habitat. Frontiera was told she was to inspire students, but found herself inspired BY the students and their response to her book.
Students had also participated in a wonderful program of writing their own books. Librarian Kena Sosa had gotten students involved with a company called StudentTreasures.com (Nationwide Learning, Inc. Topeka, KS, 800-867-2292) which publishes and prints copies of student-written books in lovely hard back format. In most cases, students received free copies of their books. Other schools may want to check out this company.
Frontiera considered it a very worthwhile day all around and hopes to be able to return someday.