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ANIMATE


Amusingly animated introductions and anecdotes...

 

All images and music by Ee Zimmer, copyright © 2015. All rights reserved.

 

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ANIMATE


Amusingly animated introductions and anecdotes...

 

All images and music by Ee Zimmer, copyright © 2015. All rights reserved.

 

Animations of book ideas, from a boy with a temper problem to a charming bearded gnome.

Zoo M. Slicky studies a map of Mount Gallicus. His peculiar and mysterious grandfather has left behind a coded message that might just lead to a treasure hidden somewhere beneath the majestic mountain.

Marcel is a hedgehog with a sensitive nose and a discerning taste in food.

 

A side character from an ongoing book project involving a group of apes. She's the only monkey. She's a spider monkey, as skinny as a rail, on a diet of kale. She's also a spy... 

Poppy has three cats and they're all named Michael. He also has a beard that parts in the middle when he runs. He only runs when he thinks there's something to run from. 

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GROCERIES


GROCERIES


 
 

Have you ever considered what some animals eat? Do they go to a grocery store like us? What if they did?

What, for example, would be on an Aardvarks grocery list?  What about a hedgehog—what the heck would she eat? And last but not least, what in the world do the animals use to carry their groceries...do they even have reusable bags like us?

These are the questions that call for a Grocery List Bestiary from A to Z.

 

A is for

Aardvark, who uses a little red wagon to load up on some things she needs from the supermarket…

…Because you never know when those spicy termites will give you itchy eyes and a runny nose. 

 

B is for

Bear, who lumbers toward town pushing a noisy wheelbarrow. He is hungry for…

Bears know there’s nothing more delicious than honey and blueberries. I wonder how many pounds of blueberries will fit in that wheelbarrow?

 

We'll skip here to...

D is for

Dog, who trots down to the corner store for a few of his favorite treats…

A dog can be counted on to eat anything. They especially love meat, and of course anything with butter on it.  

How do you suppose he opens the can of soup?

 

Z is for

 Zebra, who steps out to the grocery store for…

Zebra is as proud of his white teeth as he is of his stripes. He is probably the healthiest eater of all the animals, sticking with cruciferous vegetables and fibrous grasses. I bet he sneaks in a snack or two, don’t you?

 

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CRITTERS


CRITTERS


A sample of critters. They run to and fro through the various book projects of Ee Zimmer.

Monkey Shines

 

Marcel the hedgehog

 
 
 
 

The Blepharisma.

He goes by Bleff—will eat just about anything, and then he turns into its shape. Blah. You'd think he'd get a bellyache.

 
 

Pig in a Blanket.

 

EXPLODE!

 

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SKETCH


SKETCH


A glimpse in to the process.

 

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Zoo M. Slicky


 

Eleven-year-old Zoo Slicky, plagued by monstrous temper tantrums, finds himself caught up in a fantastical mystery. His grandfather has not only left behind a key wrapped in a mysterious note, but has also passed on certain unusual talents. 

Zoo M. Slicky


 

Eleven-year-old Zoo Slicky, plagued by monstrous temper tantrums, finds himself caught up in a fantastical mystery. His grandfather has not only left behind a key wrapped in a mysterious note, but has also passed on certain unusual talents. 

The mysterious note

 

Distractions

 

A plan

 

More distractions

 

The search leads to a suspicious old woman

 

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STORYSHARE


A literacy-based service-learning project:

        Spreading stories across the community.

STORYSHARE


A literacy-based service-learning project:

        Spreading stories across the community.

StoryShare

A literacy-based service-learning project:

             Spreading stories across the community.

 
 

When Fenn’s teacher asked me to help out with service learning ideas for the year, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to implement literacy-themed projects that build upon the idea of sharing stories.

 
 

After a brainstorming session with the class, Melissa Kline and I mapped out the year with possibilities and StoryShare was born! 

 
 

Our first activity was to make a book of “Letters to Future Me”.

 
 

The kids will be writing one letter each month of the school year, creating a reflective account of their 5th grade journey.

 
 

Throughout the months of October and November the class worked on completing as many hand-made blank books as possible for the StoryShare Fundraiser at our school’s Winter Market.

 
 

Kudos here to all the parents who donated supplies and their time.

 

The class amassed an impressive array of beautiful books!

 
 

Accompanying these beautiful books were the festive bookmarks they made as well.

 
 

The fundraiser was a huge success and the kids had fun running the booth...

 
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...and they raised a substantial amount of money. Bravo!

 

Big Thanks go to all the parents who helped, especially Carrie Skluzak and Melissa Kline.

 
 

Proceeds from the sale supported the purchase of new books for the Pediatric ICU at Denver Children's Hospital.

 
 

The Tattered Cover provided wonderful assistance as well as financial support to the project: We were able to find most of the kids' suggestions, and more!

 

The class had a ball laying in the bookplates,

 
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and tying ribbons around the books. 

 
 

Fenn and I delivered the storybook gifts to the Volunteer Department on December 12th. They had little red wagons to help folks cart stuff in, and two kids even chose books while we were laying them out.

 
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The class worked so hard to bring some cheer to kids and their families in the Hospital. The big smiles assured us we had.

Good work 5th Graders!

 

Now, with the holidays nearly upon us, the class will be sending cards with tradition-stories to folks at our adopted Senior Living Center, facilitated by Marcie Walters (Thank you!). 

 

Spring will bring forays into Journalism, a book drive, and a green surprise.  Stay tuned!

 
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KIDS


KIDS


Here are some kids, including an old favorite,

The Bookish Girl.

 

She's always doing research of on kind or another...

 
 

with her nose stuck between the pages.

 
 

Here's the original watercolor. It was used for a SCBWI conference titled, Reading = Power. 

 

Arlo the Entomologist.

 

Arlo collects backyard bugs and insects from the backyard.

 
 
 

The grass is a good place to search.

 

He can tell the difference between an insect and a bug.

 
 

And has identified over 40 different kinds.

 
 

One day he comes across an unidentifiable creature.  He decides to call it Gremlin.

 

Monkey Shines.

 

Willa on her way to Chicago.

 

copyright © 2015, Ee Zimmer. All rights reserved.