Art Collins released a nine-book series that inspires readers to want more at the conclusion of each chapter and especially each book. East Cooper Montessori Charter School (ECMCS) students and Pinckney Elementary students flocked to the Barnes and Noble in Mount Pleasant, SC on Saturday, May 17, 2014 to get Art Collins to sign their books and to add more to the talk he gave at East Cooper Montessori on Thursday, May 15, 2014. The students at ECMCS treated the author as if he were a rock star as he arrived taping blue feathers to the floor leading him to the classroom where he would reveal the details of writing their favorite stories. Over the past month the classes of Upper Elementary students read Art Collins’ first book “In the Forest”. Once the introductory book, “In the Forest” was read to the class, many students began campaigning parents for more books in the series and even teachers to add the next books to the read-a-loud in class selections. When the author visited this week, each classroom decided to portray some aspect of his book. One class the students brainstormed about what they imagined the mystical creatures and characters looked like, and then created them. When Mr. Collins entered the room he was greeted by flying wolf crows, an underwater dragon, a jaguar, snakes, and many other characters and creatures from his books. It was like he was stepping into one of his books. Another class had the sixth years use a story board to create a movie trailer and portrayed the book (linked below). Once they created a script, the forth and fifth years created costumes and acted the script out in front of a green screen. In another class, they drew a scaled map to show the setting of the book. The map showed the house of the main characters, Archibald and Jockabeb, and the surrounding woods where the books magical story took place. During Mr. Collins visit he gave the classes time for Q &A, where they asked many questions about how he wrote the book and developed his characters and stories. At the end of his visit, Mr. Collins said “I have been to many schools, and I have never felt as welcome as I have here.” Comments from Art’s brother, teacher at nearby Pinckney Elementary: “I don’t know where to start. What an amazing day for Art. He couldn’t stop talking about how great your kids were, and the tremendous amount of work they had put into his visit yesterday. We want to thank you, your kids, and your school for creating a truly memorable experience for everyone involved. View the children’s trailer
Click the image below for more information on Art Collins and His book The Forest.