Enjoy my interview with the wonderful Janie Reinart. We talked about her book WHEN WATER MAKES MUD. (Illustrations by Morgan Taylor) #ChatWithThePBLady
Do you prefer fruits or vegetables?
I have bean thinking. It’s berry healthy to eat your fruit and veggies. They are pearfect together. This may sound bananas, but I find it a-peel-ing to eat both. Orange you glad I answered that?
What makes a good day great?
A great day happens when I connect with family and friends, express how much they mean to me, and cheer them on.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
I would choose to have dinner with my husband, and our entire family—five children and their spouses and our sixteen grandchildren—a joyous, chaotic affair.
What’s a quote that really inspires you?
This quote explains why I write. “The primary purpose of a story is one heart touching another.” ~Julius Lester
Let’s talk about WHEN WATER MAKES MUD: A STORY OF REFUGEE CHILDREN. Stories like yours are so important for children to read. Discuss in your own words why this is true.
This is true because social and emotional learning through stories helps us feel empathy, make caring decisions, and find out we are more alike than different.
Where did the idea for this story come from?
A National Geographic article about refugee children making their own toys from mud, paper and plastic caught my eye. The exquisite pictures in the article started the picture book story for me. I contacted Nora Lorek, the photographer and she was gracious enough to give me her email and became my inspiration and resource.
More in the pictures below.