Hanoch Piven
You don't want to turn into a Windigo
posted: April 20, 2009
It is so satisfying to see how teachers, inspired by my books, create their own projects giving them their own twist.
Such is the case with Cheryle Walker-Hemingway & Amy Peckham at Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. They sent me the above email from their Early Childhood Program students together with a wonderful book.
I cannot post all the great portraits that were in it, so my apologies for randomly choosing some!
"Thank you for making the faces in the Mo and Jo book because we liked them and got inspired by them! We love the smelly dog book, too. You inspired us to make our own book and send it to you. We are so excited for you to read it!  It was fun making the faces. Thank you for writing your books because we love them so much. They are our favorite books in our classroom. We hope you like ours, too. Love, Willow, Fionnuala, A.J., Ally, Sophia, Breck, Sierra, Rook, Nico, Nika, Reed, Morgan, Kathy, Sorelle, Erin, and Frances"
Steve Brodner April 20, 2009
I get such a feeling of peace when I see these H. The art connects with childhood. It's all magic and you and the kids give a lot back and forth. Beautiful my friend.
Cathleen Toelke April 20, 2009
Wow, this kind of response to your work and books has got to be tremendously gratifying, Hanoch. The photographs, portraits and writing are adorable. I love the braids that are attached to the corners of the mouth; I used to love to wear my braids that way! Very inspired kids.
Hanoch Piven April 20, 2009
Thanks Steve and Cathleen. It is very gratifying, a bit terrifying and certainly emotional; for example I can suddenly start feeling guilty for not putting-in all the images those kids sent me, you know, they want to see themselves in Drawger or at least online.
Robert Saunders April 21, 2009
Incredible, Hanoch. Great pics.
Drew Friedman April 21, 2009
What a fun post!