Every book starts with a “what if”

ANNOUNCEMENT: Kathy Temean is featuring Giles Laroche today on her blog at https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2017/08/05/illustrator-saturday-giles-laroche/#comment-77773 . I hope you’ll go check it out. Giles is the artist-half of NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T and A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. He gives a good, thoughtful interview.

Hi everyone,


My good friend and colleague Mary Jo Fresch had one of those “what if” moments yesterday that could lead to another collaboration for the education market. I love working with her and hope this will lead to our 7th book together.

Mary Jo and Hank and Sandy and I will be on a trip together next month but I’m guessing we won’t get much writing done then. Can’t even cross the trip off to research. But maybe we’ll sneak-talk about a book while we’re together.

Here’s a poem that sprang from one of our earlier efforts.

Need a Bigger Tank

I put two guppies
in a tank.

One was Bob.
One was Frank.

One of them played
a little prank.

Bob’s a girl
or else it’s Frank.

(C) 2013 by David L. Harrison
Reprinted from LEARNING THROUGH POETRY: Level D
Short Vowels
Shell Education

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8 comments on “Every book starts with a “what if”

  1. What’s a mom supposed to do?
    Kids wanted guppies – only two!
    Now the bowl is full of fish,
    Next time I won’t grant this wish!

  2. Revision:

    What’s a mom supposed to do?
    Kids begged for guppies – only two!
    Now the bowl is full of fish!
    Next time I won’t grant this wish!

  3. Thought I’d be a real cool dad –
    Kids are happy…wife is mad.
    Two small fish turned into twenty,
    Causing strife and words aplenty!

  4. Not feeling as clever as Sue this morning, but was glad for the laugh when I read your poem. Also excited for your up-coming collaboration!

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