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Budding illustrator Jada Yeh, of Wescosville, draws while waiting to purchase a new book by Jan Brett. The children’s author visited with readers and fans at Emmaus High School Nov. 30. Budding illustrator Jada Yeh, of Wescosville, draws while waiting to purchase a new book by Jan Brett. The children’s author visited with readers and fans at Emmaus High School Nov. 30.
Patrons line up to buy Brett’s books. Patrons line up to buy Brett’s books.
Fans Maggie (in back) and Michaela Pason traveled all the way from New York to meet and talk with Brett.PRESS PHOTOS BY BEVERLY SPRINGER Fans Maggie (in back) and Michaela Pason traveled all the way from New York to meet and talk with Brett.PRESS PHOTOS BY BEVERLY SPRINGER
Brett shares stories of her adventures in India with her audience. Brett shares stories of her adventures in India with her audience.
Brett treats her audience to a lesson in illustration. Brett treats her audience to a lesson in illustration.
Teacher Courtney Koehler, of Orefield, is delighted to have Brett autograph a copy of a book she intends to use in her classroom. Teacher Courtney Koehler, of Orefield, is delighted to have Brett autograph a copy of a book she intends to use in her classroom.
Krista Maxwell reads “The Tale of the Tiger Slippers,” Brett’s latest book, to Connor Maxwell, while waiting for the author’s visit to begin. The Maxwells are from Schnecksville. Krista Maxwell reads “The Tale of the Tiger Slippers,” Brett’s latest book, to Connor Maxwell, while waiting for the author’s visit to begin. The Maxwells are from Schnecksville.
Brett signs one of her books for second-grade teacher Sariann Knerr, who traveled from Moorestown to attend the event. Brett signs one of her books for second-grade teacher Sariann Knerr, who traveled from Moorestown to attend the event.

Children’s author Jan Brett visits Emmaus High School

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by BEVERLY SPRINGER Special to The Press in Local News

In partnership with the staff of Emmaus High School’s Collage literary magazine, Let’s Play Books!, 244 Main St., Emmaus, hosted a presentation and book signing by children’s author Jan Brett Nov. 30.

Brett, who considers herself “more illustrator than author,” arrived at EHS in what one news release described as her “rock star bus.”

The stop was part of the first leg of a national tour to promote her latest book, “The Tale of the Tiger Slippers.”

Inspired by the Persian folk tale “Abu Kassem’s Slippers,” the story confronts the question of how to hold on to the past while living in the present. The tiger’s dilemma is presented in a way that will appeal to children and resonate with adults. Brett’s luxurious illustrations bring India to life.

More than 400 parents, grandparents, teachers, children and fans attended the event. After brief introductions by Kirsten Hess of Let’s Play Books! and Collage representatives Hailey Jack and Ivory Gao, Brett began the presentation. She related her experiences in India, where she studied the flora, architecture and fauna that became the focus of the book’s intricate illustrations.

In particular, Brett shared the awe she felt during an encounter with a majestic tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park. The presentation continued with a lesson in illustration.

Brett explained a character’s eyes express his feelings. To drive her point home, she engaged the audience by asking them to determine the emotion she was displaying while using her hands to cover her nose and mouth so that only her eyes were visible.

She then drew a tiger while discussing drawing techniques and materials. Brett encouraged members of the audience, particularly the children, to express themselves creatively.

“When you write a story or draw a picture, you are unique,” Brett said.

The event closed with a book signing. Brett cordially greeted and signed books for all those wishing to meet her.