When retired teacher Larry MacDonald suggested to friend and artist Bruce Repei they publish a children’s book, Repei wasn’t too sure about the idea.
“It wasn’t something I had ever done before,” Repei said. “The difficulty of a children’s book is keeping it consistent throughout. It was my fear it would be hard to do.”
MacDonald, a volunteer at Yorkview Elementary School in Dundas, had the story set. Slippery Dippery Soap was based on a poem the former English teacher wrote about his granddaughter 20 years ago. He already had a song to go along with it. MacDonald needed someone to create pictures to go along with the story. He approached Repei, who teaches an art class that MacDonald attends. After some preliminary challenges, Repei said it worked out just fine. And Slippery Dippery Soap is now a reality.
MacDonald has developed an entire educational program around the book that combines the story with music and art. The duo brought an early version to Kate Fanning’s large kindergarten class at Yorkview last Friday.
Repei showed the kids his original paintings alongside the book, then MacDonald played guitar and sang with the class.
For more information, contact Larry MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.