Here’s a slightly different take on the Teacher Tuesday feature. It begins with a lovely email Mary Nethery and I received in early November:
Dear Kirby and Mary,
Thanks for the beautiful collaboration of The Two Bobbies. I work with National Dance Institute in NYC, and this year, we are creating dances and shows about NOLA. I am hoping to create a dance utilizing the story of the two Bobbies on young dancers.
That said, I teach nearly 700 kids a week, in NY and Hoboken, NJ. Both communities were affected by our recent Hurricane Sandy. I have been digging deep for ways to help the children cope with massive amounts of loss and expressing their feelings. My boyfriend, who is trained a psychologist and I are going to write a lesson plan, suggesting use of your book, using a dance therapy approach. We will post it for free use and sharing on my blog.
Thanks for your meaningful timeless work!
This was a particularly meaningful email on many levels. First, Mary and I continue to be humbled by the way the Two Bobs still finds new readers — and new hearts to touch — four years after publication. And we were thrilled at this creative way to use our story to inspire healing (especially apropos to Mary, a former dancer herself). We’ve back and forthed a bit with Jenn and she was kind enough to send us some photos. They speak for themselves. Enjoy!
|Two kinders as Bobbie and Bob Cat
|Bobbie and Bob Cat reconnected at Celebration Station
|First graders favorite part of story–learning that Bob Cat is blind
|Showing how the Bobbies felt when they were left on the front porch
|Children as the littered streets, after the hurricane
Learn more about Jenn’s work with National Dance Institute here.