Today we had a very special guest author come to our class. Her name is Mrs. Jennifer Swanson and her children attended Chets Creek at one time. In fact, I had her two oldest children in my first grade class (many years ago)! A couple of years ago, Mrs. Swanson decided to write her first children's book - Penny and Rio - The Mysterious Backyard Meeting. During her visit, Mrs. Swanson read the book with a little help from the kids (dogs barking, pretending to dig, etc). She also had a slideshow to go along with the book so the kids could see the pictures up-close and gave us some cool bookmarks. We really enjoyed the visit and learned how our lives can influence our writings. Here are some highlights from the morning.