Happy Birthday Sarah Stewart - August 27
David Small described Sarah Stewart's six picture books as "a kind of 'no place like home stories' that are gentle, human, and real." (Publisher's Weekly). Her books include The Money Tree (1991), The Library (1995), The Gardener (1997), The Journey (2001), The Friend (2004), and The Quiet Place (2012). Sarah Stewart's stories come to her very quickly, like a "burst," but she takes great care in the revision process to get the story "shorter and crisper and therefore larger, larger in its impact, so that every word is a world." (Reading Rockets).
The Quiet Place to my children and reached that final illustration, my five-year-old son focused in on the marionette that Isabel is playing with and asked, "Are those puppets from the 'olden days'?" My son's question to me was what Sarah Stewart has described as a "kernel." Sarah Stewart and David Small have a friend named Abby Aceves who moved from Mexico to Gary, IN. She told Stewart about how hard the move was and about the cardboard boxes that she played in with her brother. "That was the kernel. That was the beginning, the origin of what became my story, "The Quiet Place" about Abby. All of my stories have started the same way. It's always about a friend that says something to me." (mLive).
I wanted to answer my son's question about marionettes by making one. I searched and searched and finally found instructions that I could modify to make homemade marionettes out of items we had around the house: newspaper strips, paper clips, tape, twistee ties, tongue depressors, and clear fishing line.
|My son used twistee ties from bread bags to attach the paper clip loop from one body part to the paper clip loop on the other body part.|
|He was so proud to that he put together his marionette all by himself! It was at this point that he started to understand what a marionette really was.|
|My youngest son made a marionette too.|
|I wanted to have the boys paint their marionettes, but I didn't think it would work well with the tape on the outside of the strips, so I made a small batch of papier mache. I mixed 2 parts water to 1 part flour with a pinch of salt.|
|We covered each part of the marionette with one layer of newspaper strips that were dipped in the papier mache mixture. Then, we set it out to dry in the sun.|
|Once the marionette was dry he painted on blue jeans, a t-shirt, and cool sneakers.|
|My oldest son returned home on the school bus after his first day of Kindergarten. The marionettes greeted him. He had a great first day of school and was happy to see the strings on his marionette when he got home.|
|when they were busy once again! They even made a trip to Grandma and Grandpa's house for the weekend!|
Sarah, my family hopes that you have a happy birthday and thank you for writing stories that my children and I really enjoyed reading together.
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1. Sarah Stewart Biography - DavidSmallBooks.com
2. Interviews - Publisher's Weekly, Reading Rockets, Children's Lit Project
3. Friendship Inspires New Children's Book from David Small and Sarah Stewart and while project sheds light on their Marriage - mLive
4. Activity Guide for THE LIBRARY - LiveOak Media
5. The Works of Sarah Stewart and David Small - MacMillan
6. THE LIBRARY - Anita Silvey's Book-a-Day Almanac
7. THE GARDENER - Anita Silvey's Book-a-Day Almanac