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j0384807We’ve had an absolute blast today – and we’re so glad you could make it to help us celebrate the release of Letters to Leonardo.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments about anything to do with today’s Cyber Launch.

Thanks so much Sue Whiting, Margaret Hamilton, Robyn Opie, Hal, Debbie  and SJ – and all my kind writing friends who have left lovely comments, for making this such a wonderful occasion.

This event has been brought to you by the following:

www.walkerbooks.com.au

http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com

http://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com

https://teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com and

http://robynopie.blogspot.com

Don’t forget to check out our movie book preview at:

http://www.blazingtrailers.com/show.php?title=504

Tomorrow, the blog tour continues and it should be a really fun day because we’re off to visit Persnickety Snark. If you’d like to know how my life paralleled Matt’s, drop in and see us at http://persnicketysnark.blogspot.com

It’s been a huge day – thanks so much for coming. Now it’s time to curl up with a hot cuppa and a good book.

Hope to catch you again in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)

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AVAILABLE IN ALL GOOD BOOKSTORES FROM TODAY:-)

 

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DEE PROMOAs you would have seen from my interview with Matt (Letters to Leonardo) on http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com , I used Leonardo da Vinci’s works to tell Matt’s story.

Listening to music or looking at art can evoke all sorts of images in your head – images that can be used as the basis for a story.

CLASS ACTIVITY

  • Think of your favourite musical artist/group.
  • Write down the sorts of images that their music evokes for you.
  • What pictures does it create in your head?
  • Do these pictures remind you of anyone or anything?

This activity is great for setting the ‘writing mood’.

Happy writing.

Dee & Matt:-)

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letterstoleonardolrgSeeing as it’s Cyber Launch day, Matt Hudson has decided to put in an appearance. He doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, but he said he has a few questions for me, and he doesn’t mind if I share his questions and my answers with you. Matt wanted to talk about how Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings have been used in Letters to Leonardo.

MATT:       Why did you think that Leonardo da Vinci would be a good person to help me tell my story?

DEE:          Even though you two lived over 500 years apart, Leonardo was a lot like you, Matt.

MATT:       How?

DEE:          You both got taken away from your Mum’s at a young age, you both seek truth, you’re both sensitive – and you’re both perfectionists.

MATT:       I guess you’re right. Anything else?

DEE:          Your art – it was a strong connection between the two of you – and it linked you to your mother as well.

MATT:       You used Leonardo’s paintings a lot throughout the book. Why do you think people will want to know about them? Not everyone is an LDV fan like us?

DEE:         The paintings were a great way to symbolise people and events in the story. Take the Mona Lisa for example – she was an enigma, just like your mum.

MATT:       And that painting of St Jerome – you used that to show how I was feeling?

DEE:          That’s right – sometimes the emotion of the painting was a good way to show what was going on with you – without have to say “Matt’s upset” or “Matt feels bad”.

MATT:       Why did you have to tell everyone how much I loved LDV’s stuff? Why do you think it was their business anyway?

DEE:          Readers needed to understand the sort of person that you were – so they could empathise with you. Like when you talked about the Drapery Study and you said, “We all wear an outer layer to hide who we really are,” that was to help people realise how vulnerable you were.

MATT:       How does LDV connect us – you and me, I mean?

DEE:          He’s our shared obsession:-)

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Here’s a fun word search for your students to do based on words found in Letters to Leonardo.

Hope you enjoy solving  it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Dee and Matt:-)

LETTERS TO LEONARDO

 WORD SEARCH

 

L I E S L E R M I N E B E N D
O E R O M O N A L I S A H B R
V A O U T C O M E S L J M A A
E S N N M B C F I F T E E N P
S Y B D A M E D I C I N E D E
L E T T E R S T R S B T T A R
U T B R D A D R A W E R C G Y
H A P P Y I R O K A Y U L E S
T S C A O F I Y D A R T I S T
H O U S E I P T B A T H F S U
E M D I N N E R I N V B E F D
R E N D E D T O R G O I L N Y
A M E L T E D O T E B P N S T
P O L I C E T M H R Y O L C D
Y R P I Z Z A D D I A L S R I
O Y R H E S I T A T E A Y H N
V A N D A L N B Y F I R E L S

                                  

HAPPY BEND EASY
HOUSE DIAL ROOM
OKAY MEDICINE LIFE
MONA LISA SOUND MEET
BANDAGES ARTIST DRAPERY
FIFTEEN MEMORY STUDY
PAINT ANGER ENDED
DRAWER BIRTHDAY PIZZA
TROY LIES LOVE
LETTERS THERAPY MELTED
DINNER DAD POLICE
FIRE HESITATE FIND
DRIP BIPOLAR OUTCOMES
LEONARDO DA VINCI TRUTH ERMINE

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letterstoleonardolrgIf you’re looking for some great new classroom writing and literacy activities make sure you come to our Cyber Launch tomorrow. It’s at http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com but we’ll be crossing back to this blog https://teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com for all sorts of interactive reading and writing fun.

During the day, we’ll be uploading to this blog, a Sneak Peek at Letters to Leonardo and some great associated classroom activities. We’ll be providing a link to the movie book preview and a fun word search based on Letters to Leonardo.

Plus there will be reviews by YA readers.

Hope to cyber see you at the launch.

Dee and Matt:-)

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