I welcome the opportunity to read The Black Velvet Jacket to children in your community.
The reading starts with a lively discussion about hopes, dreams, and wishes.
I encourage the children to participate in the discussion about their own hopes, dreams, and wishes.
After the book is read, the children are encouraged to provide a summary and a possible future for the main character, Phillip.
Discussion and reading time is approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
If time is available, the children can try on the Original Black Velvet Jacket!
Children Can Try on The Original Black Velvet Jacket!
This is an amazing experience! As the child tries on the jacket, they are able to measure themselves to the actual size of Phillip, the main character in the book.
Allotted time for trying on the jacket depends on the number of children participating.
Please click here to view many photos of children trying on the Original Black Velvet Jacket.
Art Activity Option
Following the reading, the children can participate in fun art activity. The main elements of the book are discussed: (1) hopes, dreams, and wishes, (2) keepsakes and hidden treasures. The children are encouraged to illustrate themselves in a picture showing their own hopes, dreams, and wishes.
For example, if a child wishes to be a ballerina, they are to draw themselves as a ballerina. If a child wishes to be a doctor, they are to draw themselves as a doctor.
When the children are finished their drawings, the illustrations are dated, named, and the age of the child is placed on the drawing. The drawings are then sealed in a beautiful specialized envelope. The children now have a keepsake!
The envelopes are also named, dated and decorated. The children are encouraged to keep their keepsake sealed for many years. Hopefully, when the children are older, this keepsake will be a hidden treasure just like the Black Velvet Jacket was in the book.
The book reading combined with the art activity is approximately 60 minutes.
The Black Velvet Jacket is available for purchase after the reading.