Aquarium with Giant Lobster

Drawing - Avery

Dear Avery,

It is terrific that the giant lobster living at your aquarium is green. I’ve received many drawings of red lobsters, but only cooked lobsters are red. I also noticed that you’ve drawn a thermometer and attached it to the giant lobster’s tank. Correct water temperature is another important detail to consider so that marine animals stay healthy. With all the details you’ve included, I think you must be an excellent writer!

Or a scientist!

Happy reading,

Jessica

How Lobsters Get Around

Drawing - Madison

Hi Madison,

What I really like about your drawing of a giant lobster is that you’ve made me feel what it would be like to actually be a lobster. Lobsters don’t see all that well. They mostly get around by smell and by sensing movement through their legs, and you’ve given this lobster plenty of legs to depend on. That’s what a good writer does. A good writer will make the reader feel what it is like to be a character in a book. Well done!

Happy reading,

Jessica

Giant Lobster Waves

Drawing - Jerri

Dear Jerri,

Your drawing of a lobster waving amongst the waves is quite comical. I’m so glad to hear that you learned a lot about how to plan stories and that you enjoyed my visit. Also, thank you so much for your well wishes for my career. Much appreciated!

Happy reading,

Jessica

Blue jay

Child's drawing of a treehouse and a blue jay

Dear Austin,

I really enjoyed your drawing of a Blue jay. They are part of the corvid family of birds (along with crows, ravens, magpies and nutcrackers), and I read that members of this family are thought to be some of the most intelligent and curious species of animals in the world. They are very popular at the park where I walk with my dog. I hear them all the time making a big racket when we pass by. To me, they make a sound like the squeaky wheel of a clothesline.

It looks like you’re having fun in your tree house watching the Blue jay. You have a little table set up with drinks and a skylight up above. How cozy! Is that a birdwatching book you’re holding? I bet it is.

Happy reading,

Jessica

Helicopter on Mars

Child's self-portrait as an astronaut on Mars

Dear Vikesh,

I so enjoyed your self-portrait of you as an astronaut on Mars. The classic moon-with-craters and the fiery sun in the sky are nice details, especially with the very creative size-scale you’ve chosen.

Have you been keeping up with the latest developments on Mars? I was thrilled to watch the recent helicopter flight. It must be very lonely on Mars, especially after such a long flight to get there, so I’m glad Perseverance now has a little buddy to help explore the red terrain.

Happy reading,

Jessica