A Word on the Street Surprise

It’s always nice when a fan of one’s books comes up to you at the end of a reading, and yesterday at Word on the Street was especially so.  At the end of a long afternoon of reading and signing, on a gorgeous fall afternoon, a woman sat down beside me in the Little Reader’s Tent, and I knew who she was even before she introduced herself – even though it has been over 30 years since we worked together.

I was a student teacher in Gillian Al-Jbouri’s Grade Six classroom. I was not yet twenty years old. (You didn’t need a university degree to teach elementary school back then.) I still have the report she wrote up about my performance in her classroom.

Gillian was an excellent model for me, and after I’d completed my year at Lakeshore Teachers’ College, I had the privilege of being on staff with her for four years (at Millwood Public School in Etobicoke).

I was happy to be able to sign copies of A Pocket Can Have A Treasure In It for her grandchildren, and I hope she’ll visit my website and get in touch with me. I meant it when I told her I’d love to be able to continue our conversation.

This at the end of a session where I was lucky to have in attendance at my reading – in addition to lots of “little readers” and their parents – my daughter, my granddaughter, a grandson, my husband, my dad, his friend, and my dog! What a great Word on the Street afternoon!

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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