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Author visits Smiley Elementary

POSTED: January 10, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Author Pam Alexander visited Smiley Elementary School on Dec. 11.
Alexander, a former history teacher in the Tattnall County School System turned author and illustrator, brought her magic to the school and wowed both students and teachers.
Along with co-author Rhonda Frost Petty, Alexander is most known for her history series on “Yumion the Vidalia Sweet Onion.”
The character is an onion that travels throughout Georgia teaching and learning about the state’s history.
The series has four books that include “The Onion Ambassador,” “Yumion goes to the City,” “Sails Pails and Alligator Tails” and “Yumion’s Mountain Holidays.”
Alexander read to the students and introduced her newest character from her new book “Jeremiah Makes History.”
The primary character in this book is Jeremiah the Time Traveling Tree Frog, and he also travels around teaching about history.
After Alexander and Jeremiah read to the students, she and the frog fielded questions from the kindergarten through third-grade students.
Some of the questions included, how old was Jeremiah (7), where was he born (in the Okeefenokee Swamp), and how many brothers and sisters did he have (384).
After reading to all the classes in the Smiley gymnasium, Alexander  met Michelle Tootle, Susan Harmon and their kindergarten class.  
The class had decorated the door to their room with the theme of Yumion’s Holiday Express in Georgia, and had won the school-wide competition for the most original idea for history.
The former teacher said, “I went to 162 schools last year, and as busy as I am, I still love coming out to see all the kids.”
Smiley Elementary School Assistant Principal Gladwin Harper said, “When someone special like this comes to our school, it is always a good thing. It encourages kids to read and write, and creates and enthusiasm from the kids about reading.”
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