Hello Honduras! My Author Skype Visit to Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle

22 Mar

SKYPE is AWESOME as is the blogospehre!

Today’s post is an international occasion. It all started when  The Story Reading Ape (click HERE to go to his blog) who lives in The United Kingdom emailed me about a FABULOUS fourth grade teacher named Joanna Mojica from Honduras and said that her class would love to talk to This Kid from Pennsylvania USA about my book.

Ms. Mojica contacted me and we set up a virtual visit through SKYPE!

Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle is located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It is a catholic, bilingual school and their fourth grade classes ROCK! 😀

I sent them a copy of my book to read ahead of time so they could ask me questions. I started off by introducing myself, and talking about the importance of reading. I then said a little about how I came to write my book.

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After all that was said, each student got to ask me a question. I was a bit nervous because I usually talk to adults, not kids more my age. I soon felt really comfortable. They had great questions! One I really liked was “What would you do if you were president?” I wasn’t prepared for that one. I said I’d increase funding for school and public libraries. Speaking from experience, a lot of schools have no money to buy books or have a librarian on staff.

The SKYPE visit was awesome. It felt like a real conversation. 

For the last part of my visit, I talked about how my Uncle Dave gave me the stuffed toys he made (Tomato and Pea) and challenged me to write a story about them.

The Original Tomato and Pea

The Original Tomato and Pea

So, I challenged the fourth graders of Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle school to write. Write a story about these fellows:

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They could write whatever they wanted – a poem, a play, a novel, a short story, comic, anything! It just had to be about these two fine guys (or girls 😉 ) – they can name them whatever they want to also.  🙂

Plus I offered, if they wanted to, to post whatever the students wrote here on my blog. So be sure to check back!

These little guys are traveling to Honduras right now to be their classroom mascots. 🙂

Thank you Ms. Mojica and the fourth graders at Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle school!

photo 2

Can you guess which one is me? 😉

Have a nice weekend folks!

79 Responses to “Hello Honduras! My Author Skype Visit to Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle”

  1. Uncle? March 22, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Take us to your leader (Erik)

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 7:41 am #

      Hey Uncle Question Mark! How’s it been? 😉 So, my liters. Well, we have a couple. We’ve got a Sprite liter, a Root Beer liter, a… 😉

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  2. tinamcho March 22, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    That is so awesome, Erik! I can’t believe all the “writerly” things you’re doing!

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  3. Anonymous March 22, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    What a wonderful way to reach out to others and share your love of writing, imagining and creating. Way to go!

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  4. The Story Reading Ape March 22, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    WELL DONE ERIK!!
    I’ll be hearing more about this from Joanna – I’ll let you know when I post her side of this GREAT EXAMPLE TO AUTHORS EVERYWHERE!!! – HINT!
    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    😀

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  5. The Story Reading Ape March 22, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    WELL DONE ERIK!!
    I’ll be hearing more about this from Joanna – I’ll let you know when I post her side of this GREAT EXAMPLE TO AUTHORS EVERYWHERE!!! – HINT!
    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

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  6. Susan Cabael March 22, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    You’re so inspiring, Erik! It’s incredible to read about what you do. I love the idea of giving a class 2 rather ambiguous characters and simply have them write…anything.

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  7. Ali Isaac March 22, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    That is fantastic! Well done! A couple of weeks ago I went into my local junior school to talk to 120 5th and 6th year students…I was soooo nervous! How would a nearly 50 uncool mum be able to engage a bunch of almost teens?!! But dyou know what? The kids were BRILL! Looks like you will be quite a pro by the time you get to my age lol!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 7:50 am #

      You – uncool?! Whoa! That’s a new one! Kids are fantastic things (no bias involved with that statement 😉 )!

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  8. stanleyandkatrina March 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    You are such an inspirations. I love that you sent them their own characters to write about. What an awesome idea! Well done.
    ~CM

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  9. Lynn A. Davidson March 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    How thrilling and amazing for you, Erik! You are gaining very beneficial experience at a young age.

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  10. julie rowan zoch March 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    If we could vote for a kid-lit ambassador, we wouldn’t have to. YOU ARE IT! The new characters are fabulous, did your uncle make them too?

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  11. Joanna Mojica March 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Dear Erick you are such an inspiration! I was really impressed with the interview. My fourth graders felt so inspired to keep on writing!! I Thank you so much for your time, your advice on reading to my kids, Thanks for the wonderful book you send us and the mascots!! You Rock!!

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  12. LovableLobo March 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    You are an international star, now, SuperKid! You keep inspiring us and other nations and it won’t be long until you really do……rule the world. : D

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  13. clarbojahn March 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Wow! I am so impressed. That is so fantastic!! Congratulations for being international. I’m going to say “I knew you when.” I just know it. 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      And I’m going to say “See that famous author over there? She is one of my biggest supporters, and best friends!” 🙂

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      • clarbojahn March 23, 2014 at 9:47 am #

        Thanks, Erik!

        You are such a charmer. You make me smile out loud. 🙂 🙂

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  14. Angela Brown March 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    That is super-awesome that you got a chance to skype with a class of students on an international level. And may I say that your answer for what you’d do if you were president ROCKS!

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  15. Michelle Isenhoff March 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    This is just plain awesome! 🙂

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  16. Michelle Isenhoff March 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    (Erik for president!)

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  17. Catherine Johnson March 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    I’m so proud of you, Erik! They will all probably get easier after the first one and that challenge is super. Erik for President for sure.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 8:36 am #

      Thank you! I think we should start a political party! – The Kid-Lit Party! In as many countries as possible! 😉

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  18. Patricia Tilton March 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    So proud of you. You’re 12, and you’re already being asked to speak in Singapore and Honduras. My prediction is that you will be your class president in HS and deliver the graduation speech 6 years for now. You will major in something that gives to or help others, but still write for fun. Then we will start shouting Erik for President!

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  19. jama March 23, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Hooray for you! Well done!!

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  20. ontheplumtree March 23, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    How fabulous! Wow! You are doing all the right things. What a GREAT visit. And how clever of you to be so inclusive.

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  21. Beth Stilborn March 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Everyone else has already said it, but I’m going to join in — this is awesome. YOU are awesome! So glad you had the opportunity to do this, and I know those kids will be inspired for a very long time because of their SKYPE visit with you!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Stilborn! 🙂 That is extremely kind of you to even think that. 🙂

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  22. readingwithrhythm March 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    That SKYPE is a magical thing! What a great experience for you AND those 4th graders! Did I hear something about you running for president?

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  23. heylookawriterfellow March 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Congrats to you! What a cool creative prompt! I look forward to seeing what they come up with.

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  24. Dave Eveleigh March 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Wow! Congratulations. Already you’re making a name for yourself.

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  25. valerieormond March 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Congratulations, or felicitaciones, Erik. So wonderful to see you motivate people of all ages. Keep up the good work – you are a superstar!

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  26. Daniel Johnston March 26, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    That sounds awesome, Erik! I’m glad you got to do this and had a good time.

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  27. Valeria Sofia 4th A April 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Thanks Erik for the interview you gave us. I like Tomato and Pea.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2014 at 6:54 am #

      Thank you! 🙂 It was fun to meet all of you! Your classes are awesome! 🙂

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      • Valeria Sofia 4th A April 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

        Erick can you tell me more about Tomato and Pea.

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 3, 2014 at 8:09 am #

        Tomato and Pea are 2 alien agent-good-guys who get caught up in the villain Wintergreen’s plot to get rid of them! They end up on EAR-TH and have to survive on the planet. In my next book, Wintergreen is going to try to take over EAR-TH and Tomato and Pea need the help of an EAR-THling to help them. 🙂

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      • Valeria Sofia 4th A April 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

        And you can tell me how you get inspired too write about them.

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 3, 2014 at 8:10 am #

        My story started off as a challenge my Uncle Dave gave me. He gave me the Tomato and Pea stuffed toys that he made and asked me to write a story about them. I wrote a little story and then made it into a book for a school project I had to do.

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  28. Valeria Sofia 4th A April 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    I haven’t tell Ms. Joanna that I am talking to you

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  29. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Now that is a lovely photograph, Erik. We should have done something like this when I did my skype interview with you. Now I’m positively envious. How great that you have a Skype author interview! You should publish your next book soonest!

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  30. Anonymous November 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    Hi erick i want you to send me your first book of tomato and pea

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  31. Valeria Sofia 5th A November 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Hi erick i want you to send me your first book and if you finish the second part of the book please ( if you finish😉😉)

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  32. Valeria Sofia 5th A November 16, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Hi erick i want you to send me your first and second book please(if you have already finish the second part😉)

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