a shooting star puppet

A shooting star puppet and a magic wand. 🙂 I made them and used them to perform during my Author Visit event at an elementary school.

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A letter I received at the end of the event.

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And also this. Letters from the kids about shooting stars, about their wishes, and about me who is coming to their school soon.  Lovely, imaginative drawings!

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In preparation for another Author Visit event (this time at Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art in Vancouver), I folded origami paper strips and made stars:

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I took this basket and some additional strips of origami paper to the event. There, each child made his/her/their own magic wand and later took it home.

How to make one:

  1. Wrap up a drinking straw with a strip (or two strips) of origami paper and then tape it with pieces of a scotch tape.
  2. Attach a few origami paper stars to one end of the straw, using pieces of a scotch tape.

One day, I was taking a walk on a beach in Vancouver, daydreaming,  and this is what I thought I would do someday:  riding a shooting star and hanging out in space with my new friend.

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When I came home, I wrote a long story about a girl who rides a shooting star, which – several years later – became my picture book Shooting Star Rider.

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