Linda Kranz

Kids’ Inspirational Books by Linda Kranz: Only One You

Only One You by Linda Kranz

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Letters from Educators who have been inspired by Only One You

Hello from the children of Discovery!

Discovery School is a private, nonprofit preschool for children 2 years through first grade in San Antonio, Texas. As an NAEYC nationally accredited school, we celebrate Week of the Young Child every year. During this special week, we honor our children, our families, our teachers and our board of directors. We also adopt a “Book of the Year” — a fun story with a meaningful message — to be given to each classroom library.

We are so excited that your delightful story, Only One You, is our 2011 Book of the Year! In addition to purchasing copies for our 14 classrooms, the book will be displayed in the office all year. The teachers love the bright, colorful rock fish and the whimsical quotations so much we even incorporated your theme into a hand painted item for our School’s Silent Auction. Each teacher painted her thumbprint on a plate and pitcher that was paired with a copy of your book. It was one of our most hotly bid on items! (see the attached photo). So not only is your little book going to be a part of every child’s class library, one lucky family was able to take a copy home.

You have a special talent that you share with others. You teach. You lead.

Thank you again,
Mary Stanchak, Director

Dear Ms. Kranz,

I am delighted to tell you about the progress of our school-wide (746 children) art project that was inspired by your beautiful book, Only One You. All the children have enjoyed your book and teacher plans from your web site. This week, every child is painting a river rock (donated by Moana Nursery) in the cafeteria under the direction of Daylene Moss, our Artist In Residence who had this beautiful idea, with the help of Cathy Redfern (our S.P.E.C.T.R.A. art coordinator) and myself, Tonni Giguiere, retired teacher (project coordinator).

The children will have another art session with their unique rock next week as we read the book to them once again and they are given time to add special details with black permanent markers. We will then polyurethane the rocks. They will stay forever in a “ rock river” leading magically into the entrance of the school.

We have a very special request. Your book has become such an inspiration that we would like to use your life lessons from the book to lead a pathway into the school. My son is a father of three children at our school. He owns Twisted Metal Works in Sparks. He can write your words from the book by cutting them out of metal on a water jet, even using your fonts. These life lessons could then be powder-coated and welded to the six metal pillars at the entrance to the school, with the children’s “ rock river” at the base. The book cover and dedication to you will be incorporated. Our Principal, Sally Scott, is dedicated to this project. The project will hopefully be unveiled at our May 20th Art Day to which you are invited. It would be magical to have your books for sale that afternoon if you would like. I invite you to come see our project in action. We are painting this week and inking next week.

It would be wonderful to meet you and answer any questions you may have. Your chosen words from the book will inspire little learners for years to come. Please consider our request as an honor. I look forward to your response. Please feel free to drop by school to see what your book has accomplished!

Tonni Giguiere

Good Morning, Linda…

I just wanted to connect with you as well. I am so happy and ecstatic about the series of wonderful things that are happening — all because of YOU and your beautiful, thought-provoking book!!!! I am the person who brought your book and river rock project idea to our school’s Spectra Art Program/PTA.

I am an elementary teacher who recently moved to Reno from Phoenix, AZ, last winter. We did a similar river rock project at my old school, Verrado Elementary, which was spearheaded by my good friend and artist, Lynette Seyfert. We also read the book to the children in that school — talked about the concepts of the book, and each child brought in and painted their “ own fish rock.” We had a similar river rock pathway on the grass for some community events to display the children’s work. However, this was a temporary display because the new school was still finishing construction. I never got to see the final installation of the river rock project within the school boundaries, as we moved here to Reno for my husband’s work transfer. I believe they had put the river rock project along the wall of their campus — I only saw some photos of it.

We will be working next week on the black sharpie fish details and polyurethaning the rocks. We are still in the planning stages of cementing and installing the river trail at the front of the school. It will be all completed on your arrival — May 20th — for our school-wide Spectra Art Showcase.

Thank you so much for your support of this project and your meaningful book that has inspired all of us.

Daylene Moss

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