In September, when the school principal promises to kiss a pig if the students read 10,000 books, a girl volunteers Hamlet, her unwilling, Shakespeare-quoting pet pig. But poor Hamlet wants nothing to do with such foolishness. “To kiss, or not to kiss, The principal in school? Why choose a pig To be their fool?” By the end of April the kids still have a long way to go, and it looks as if Hamlet is safe. But after an author comes to visit and the school has a book fair, the students quickly reach their goal. The date is set for the big kiss. Hamlet is miserable. But he tells himself, “A pig to himself must be true In spite of plans that humans brew.” Will the principal follow through on her promise?
I am a former classroom teacher and reading specialist, and I love to write about the elementary school world. I visit schools to encourage teachers and children to look at the stories all around them because I believe these are the most important ones of all. I’ve written poems and stories about pencils, bathrooms, book bags, sharing time, recess, the school bus, gym, and all the dramas that go on in classrooms everywhere. My school programs are an interactive celebration of this world, and I bring many funny props with me. One of them is a six foot inflatable pig from OUR PRINCIPAL PROMISED TO KISS A PIG. The kids are 100% involved when it is time for the principal to kiss Hamlet, the pig! I love to see the spirit of childhood in our schools, and my program is a celebration of this spirit!
My illustrations have been published in twelve children’s books, including: Cooper and Packrat Adventure series: Mystery on Pine Lake, Mystery of the Eagle’s Nest, Mystery of the mIssing Fox and Mystery of the Bear Cub (all Junior Library Guild winners), Dear Big, Mean, Ugly Monster, (a Minnesota Humanities Book Award finalist), and Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig (a Children’s Choice Selection).