By Vanessa Mironov
CARTERET—He’s written three children’s books, featuring the hysterical and honorable main character, Uncle Stinky.
However, there were important life lessons author Chris Rumble conveyed to an audience of excited students, beyond making them laugh at his hilarious stories. The lessons of “believing in you” and “accepting others” are the foundation of Rumble’s program, which he’s shared with thousands of students across the country.
The Georgia native visited Nathan Hale and Columbus elementary schools during the week of July 6th and spoke with students enrolled in the Title I and Reading First Summer Programs. Rumble shared his personal story about his dream to become a writer and his love of reading, writing and singing with students of all ages.
While in Carteret, he played his guitar and sang “My Book” to the tune of “My Girl” and “Read and Shout” to the tune of “Twist and Shout.” Students in grades kindergarten through fifth truly enjoyed the writing and illustration workshops presented by the engaging author. A first grade student at Nathan Hale said, “This was the best day ever!”
Students received signed copies of the Uncle Stinky series to continue to read at home. Rumble gave a personalized portrait of Uncle Stinky to boost the spirit of one lucky student in each school. He said, “This drawing is for you. Take it home, put it on your wall, and every time you look at it I want you to remember that Uncle Stinky and I think you’re awesome!”
It’s apparent from the Rumble’s workshops and books that building positive character traits is high on his personal agenda. The fun and witty author hopes that as children read and laugh their way through his books they also develop a love of reading and writing.
Children’s author Chris Rumble gives a one-of-a kind drawing to third grader Jahlil Nix. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Mironov)
Students at Nathan Hale School sing along with children’s author, Chris Rumble. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Mironov)
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