Wow, it’s hard to believe that Week 1 is already over! To start off our final day at camp, we went to the Thalia theater to create and perform some short skits relating to Linda Sue Park’s book, Forest of Wonders. We divided into groups of two, and each scene had to include two things: both characters needed to have something in common, but their commonalities also needed to trigger conflict between them. We had lots of interesting and diverse interpretations of these guidelines. They were very fun to watch!
After our short skits, we went back into the camp room to meet our author visitor: Linda Sue Park! She told us that her Wing & Claw series began as an IHP, or an “in house project.” Publishers come up with an idea, and then they ask writers they admire to write a book to fit the idea. And that’s how this book began!
Because one of the characters, Echo, is a talking bat, Linda Sue showed us a picture of the bat who inspired her to write the character of Echo. It was so cute! No wonder Echo is so lovable. She also showed us a cool video of bats finding moths to eat using echolocation. They dip, twirl, dive, and capture the moths using their wings!
After the presentation, Linda Sue had an awesome activity related to apothecaries. Our camp room turned into a lab! In small groups, we all went up to a table with mortar and pestle. We took turns grinding different ingredients into a paste, just like Raffa does in the book! We used salt, herbs, cloves, pepper, and coffee beans. Every time we mixed in something new, the smell would drastically change!
After lunch, we had our sharing time. A few of us had some very clever jokes and riddles to tell, and other campers described our favorite books in great detail with much enthusiasm, and one group also performed a scene from one of their favorite books! Some of the book recommendations included A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, Spy School, The Secret Tree, Masterminds, and Hatchet.
To wrap up, we had our ‘end of week’ party with some snacks and goodies, exchanged email address in case we’d like to keep in touch with our new friends, and handed out cards with one of our group photos on the cover!
It was an amazing week with lots of fantastic memories! We hope to see many campers again next year.