"Today the teacher tells us that
our lessons will be outside. We
are explorers, we have paper,
we have crayons."
The narrator for this uplifting story tells readers about her school that has 'almost nothing'. It does, however, have a remarkable teacher. The children arrive along numerous paths to their school 'in the middle of nowhere'. On this particular day, they leave the school for lessons outdoors.
They have all they need. For some, the trip to school is uninspiring; the chance to draw outdoors is the incentive neded for making the long trek. It isn't long before the teacher points out a Brontosaurus. Their day of drawing, observing, and imagining begins in earnest. Filled with excitement and eager to see more, they continue exploring their environment.
""There, hidden between those stones, is the Stegosaurus."
"What's a Stegosaurus?" ask the twins.
"It's that one over there that has rocks on its back,"
I explain to them.
"Oooh," they say and stop talking and start to draw."
What wonders they behold as they draw in the outdoors. Their final sight is of a Tyrannosaurus rex. It is both breathtaking and terrifying. The brave stay to draw, the others tear back toward their school. A break is taken before the children return home. Our narrator heads home, pink-cheeked and clutching the many drawings produced on this spectacular day.
Isn't that the kind of education every child deserves? A caring, enthusiastic teacher makes all the difference. She encourages creativity, a love for their natural surroundings, and important conversations. Digital illustrations add humor to the events of the day. They also provide stunning landscapes and personality for the school's students.