Librarian Lynda George and me before the Big Day begins! Don't we look rested? 🙂
Welcome back, friends! Ready to see what happened on my first day of author visits on Yokota Air Base in Japan? Pretty much all awesomeness, with a little bit of charred author flesh for dinner. (Not really. But it was close!) Let’s start with…
... the welcome! A sign, WITH a cute panda. And inside, one of the most welcoming librarians! A lovely beginning.
The J K Mendel PTO gave me presents! Want to see what I got...
CANDY! And cuteness! And a T-shirt (which I have already worn twice, because, um - Pandas!)
Razorbill and I gave presents, too! Some great new MG books for the Mendel library. Yay, books!
Lunch included this little beauty - the Japanese version of the tuna fish sandwich. Called a rice ball, with rice and tuna inside. Yum!
Principal Phipps made me feel so welcome. She is NOTHING like Principal Trapp. Except...
...she *did* participate in "fattening up the author" at a yaki-niku restaurant that night!
Yaki-niku means "cooking fire so close to the author she almost began her author visits with singed eyebrows." 🙂
And outside, all day long, the sakura blossoms were turning into snow...
Sigh. I miss the amazing kids and staff of Mendel Elementary. Sort of like cherry blossoms, over far too quickly.
But I still have the T-shirt! And this awesome picture of Mt. Fuji, too. Hmm. Mt. Fuji is smaller than I expected. 🙂
Next post, you’ll see the amazing students and librarians of Yokota Middle School. And one of the nicest presents I’ve ever received, given to me by one of Yokota’s students!