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Puppeteer’s Magic Engages Young Readers

The author of “The Tomato Collection” and several other children’s books recently gave West Godwin Elementary students a few tips in writing, with help from his puppet friends, for March is Reading Month.

Kevin Kammeraad and his puppet, Jacob, share writing tips

With puppets Jacob and Ollie Winston, Kevin Kammeraad sang songs, challenging students to make their own rhymes and poems. He shared with them how he makes his puppets from recycled items, like socks, tin buckets, plastic glasses, butter dishes and stocking caps.

“As a writer, you choose the interesting words to create the pictures in the mind of the reader,” he said.

All students received a copy of his book, “Can You Think It? Can You Dream It?” courtesy of the West Godwin Parent Teacher Organization.

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Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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