A Canadian Children's Book Author and an Illustrator Pay a Special Visit to Fleming Elementary

This fall, Grade 1 students across Canada will receive their very own copy of the award-winning picture book, Boy Soup, written by Loris Lesynski, illustrated by Michael Martchenko and published by Annick Press.

Recently, Fleming Elementary Grade 1 students had the privilege of spending the morning with Lesynski and Martchenko. The famous writer and illustrator shared stories about their creative process, read from Boy Soup, and answered questions.

"It was a great opportunity to have such talented and versatile artists of children's books visit our school and share with our students," said Ken Kilback, a Fleming Elementary Grade 1 teacher. "Not only some of their work, particularly Boy Soup, but also their life-long love for reading, writing, and drawing."

Each year, English and French Grade 1 students receive a free copy of a Canadian children's book, compliments of TD, which they can keep to take home and read with their parents and caregivers.

This year's program will take young readers on a rhyming journey with a sick giant in Boy Soup. In order to cure his raspy throat, the giant needs a bowl of Boy Soup, but what the giant doesn't count on is catching a clever girl named Kate along with the boys. Boy Soup is about friendship, courage and fast thinking, as Kate saves her friends from their bubbling fate. The happily-ever-after ending sees Kate and the boys opening up their own restaurant (minus Boy Soup) and the giant learning a valuable lesson.

"As far as I can remember, I've always loved telling stories that inspire the imagination," says Lesynski. "I'm extremely excited to help inspire thousands of children across Canada to use their own imagination and creativity through reading."

Now in its 14th year, the TD Grade One Book Giveaway, in partnership with the Canadian Children's Book Centre, has distributed over five million books across the country and is supported by school boards, ministries of education and library organizations in all provinces and territories.

After the visit, Kilback added, "I hope many of our students will be inspired in their own creative tendencies by what they have seen and heard today."

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