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Responses to My School Visits From Teachers and Librarians

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"J. Patrick Lewis's visit to our school was a thrilling, enriching and memorable event for all of us. He shares his love of language, the writing process, and poetry with the ease of a close friend. He clearly loves children, and captivates their imaginations with humor and style. He has inspired us all to become poets. In fact one hundred of our students wrote poems for a creative writing contest that was held at our school. I highly recommend Pat and look forward to his next visit with us."
- Linda Tate, Student Enrichment Coordinator, Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy, Cincinnati, OH (513-247-0900)

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"Our students will remember forever the two fun-filled days when J. Patrick Lewis visited. He engaged all the students-K through 6-with his humor and his poetry. He was the most accommodating guest we've ever had. He loves children, and it shows!"
- Sandy Lingo, John Foster Dulles Elementary, Cincinnati, OH (513-451-1044).

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"Pat is probably the best author visit our school has ever had. In fact, across South-Western City Schools, he is revered as one of the best authors for a visit. He has wonderful rapport with staff and students and does an exceptional job of sharing his poetry and stories. Young and old relate to his humor and gift of speaking. I would highly recommend J. Patrick Lewis for your next author visit."
- Judy DiPietro, Buckeye Woods Elementary, Grove City, OH (614-801-8025).

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"Children meet a man who communicates his love of reading, zeal for the work of writing, and delight in meeting children who appreciate books. It is like having your favorite uncle come spend a fun afternoon reading and talking about literature-it left us glowing!"
- Martha Shaw, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, OH (614-252-0781, x143).

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"Pat completely captures the audience, no matter the age, from kindergartners through the faculty. He shares his work so that you feel it is a conversation, not a presentation. Every child, and even some grown-ups, left feeling that they could be a poet or writer."
- Lynne Paine, Forest Dale Elementary, Carmel, IN (317-846-4559).

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"Engaging, unforgettable! J. Patrick Lewis's visit was the highlight of our year. His charm and wonderful way with words delighted both children and adults."
- Cheryl Sturgeon, Highland Elementary, Hinckley, OH (440-278-2727).

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"Pat had terrific rapport with the children! He shared not only his love for his craft but the intensity of his effort in writing his poems and stories. What a pleasure it was for all of us to have him share his talents."
- Barb Orr, Harrisburg Elementary, Columbus, OH (614-801-8175)

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"Until Pat's visit, many teachers did not think that children enjoyed poetry. Were they ever enlightened-and surprised! Humor + poetry = fun! And what a marvelous way he has with kids."
- Linda Graves, Curriculum Coordinator, Putnam County Schools, Pandora, OH (419-523-5951).

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"We could not have had a more delightful experience as Pat shared his clever poems and warm, friendly manner with each one of us. It wasn't easy to choose another author for next year knowing what a top-rate performance we enjoyed with him. I am counting down the years (I hope not too many) when we can invite him back to our schools for more fun, riddles and all the inspiration that Pat shared with our young authors."
- Sister Christian Alfieri, S.N.D., St. Helen School, Newbury, OH (440-564-7125).

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"Pat was 'the' outstanding author of our fifteen years of hosting author visits! We've had Newbery winners, mystery writers, and our children's 'favorite' author, but none were as quietly educational as Pat. He inspired a study of classic children's poetry, and encouraged all of our children with their personal writing goals."
- Kathleen Riley, Hilltop Elementary, Beachwood, OH (216-991-5959)

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"Pat's love of poetry was enthusiastically received by our students as evidenced by their active participation in his presentations. He succeeded in encouraging many of our students to explore poetry on their own! I highly recommend J. Patrick Lewis as a visiting author."
- Susan Pomerantz, Wyandot School, Dublin, OH (614-761-5840).

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"Applaud. . .the kids did with enthusiastic cheer. As Pat performed his poetry-true candy for their ears. The highest compliment we can pay poet Pat Is-we'd definitely love to have him come back!"
- Sue Soldo, Gifted specialist, Symmes Elementary, Loveland, OH (513-677-8330, ext. 844)

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"J. Patrick Lewis was poet-in-residence at our school for one week, and we really hated to see him go. All of us-teachers, children, staff and parents-felt that he was a part of us. He worked with each small group of children, sharing his poems and giving us little previews of his poetry books to come. The children loved his presentations, each of which was different. The way in which he brought poetry and poetry-writing alive for the children inspired them to continue and expand on their own. Now we wait eagerly for his new books. . .and remember one wonderful week with a splendid poet and our friend Pat!"
- Peggy Oxley, Saint Paul School, Westerville, OH (H: 614-257-6413; W: 614-882-2710).

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"The magic is still in the air at Wickliffe. J. Patrick Lewis's author visit was a day the children will long remember after the 'pain' of standardized testing is long gone. His warmth oozed from every pore, and everyone wanted the chance to be close to him."
- Dr. Diane Driessen, Wickliffe Alternative Elementary, Upper Arlington, OH 614-487-5161.

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