|My granddaughter, Alma, is one of the happiest people|
I know. She particulary enjoys playing with balls.
|Nazla's first time behind the wheel.|
|My grandson, Howi, is quite a lively fellow. |
He always has something going on.
What did I write? I put the finishing touches on my next book, King of the Jungle. I’m not going to give the plot away just yet but it’s sufficient to say that it’s my most kid-pleasing book to date and I am delighted about that. The 3rd-5th grade students from Global Jaya International School in Jakarta were astonishingly enthusiastic about the story, especially since it was sans pictures; this eager group of kids was kind enough to give me some valuable feedback about the tale’s ending. Thank you, kids! What’s more, King of the Jungle quickly became my grandson Howi’s favorite book, despite the lack of illustrations and his fairly typical 4-year-old attention span. I can’t wait to see this book in print!
|It was extra special to be there for Nazla's 11th birthday|
|Another highlight: Watching my son Jocean teach his kids the |
same things we taught him.
|I very much enjoyed telling stories to the children at the YAT|
I so enjoyed doing presentations at this year’s Ubud Writers Festival. What I enjoyed most was the fact that for the first time, public school, not just children who attend private schools, came from great distances to attend the festival.
|Story reading fun!|
|These students traveled from West Java to attend the conference.|
|It warms my heart to see these kids enthusiasm for |
books- and for life.
|One classroom's library.|
Why was that teacher so excited? These photos might give you a good idea. They were taken in the village school in Chimaliti, just down the hill from my son’s farm located 1 ½ hours south of Jakarta. The photo shows one classroom’s entire collection of books. This school has no library, and sad to say, neither does Chimilati or the larger town nearby. For you see, Indonesia has no public library system. This small shelf of books (and there were no great reads in the stack, I promise) are pretty much the only books available for the students in this classroom.
Can you imagine? It’s why I am such a fan of Room to Read which has built 12,074 libraries and distributed 9.4 million books in developing Asian and African nations. I encourage you to check out their work!
|The school in Chimalati|
|The students from Global Jaya School offered great feedback on my new book.|
|Librarian, Deborah Clohesy, put together an amazing book week for the students of Global Jaya International School.|
|The entry hallway.|
|Furniture in the process of being restored.|
|A few more family highlights inclded going to the Bali Safari Park with |
Jocean, Ayu, Howi and the gang and some airport antics.