The Dragon Egg is a story that was born after receiving a special gift from a student in my first year of teaching. As I shared this tale with my children, they hung on every single word (...which is a great endorsement for writing it)! Years later, one of them told me I should make that story into a book. At first, this seemed like a very easy endeavor. I mean, I'd already published two books, and this one was a story I was very familiar with...easy peasy. NOT!
I attempted a variety of ways to get this book illustrated, wanting each picture to bring to life a time, place, and bonds that were a magical and defining point in my life. That is a very tall order! No matter what options I tried, they all fell through, each disappointment more crushing than the one before. Finally, I realized if this book was going to happen, I'd have to be the one to see that vision take shape and follow it through all the way to the end! I began doing the illustrations on Tuesday, and I'm not disappointed with the outcome. If all goes well, this book will be available for purchase by the end August 2016! It is my sincere hope that I'll create a final product my students can be proud of. I can't wait to see it completed and intend to dedicate it to a group I will never forget!
The making of The Dragon Egg...
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