On February 2, author Annette Pimental visited grades 1-4 at Saint Clare Elementary School. Mrs. Pimental’s current book is, “Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service.” It is the true story of a Chinese American cook and mountain man, Tie Sing, who helped inspire the creation of the National Park Service.
As Pimental read parts of her book to the children, she explained what it was like to go camping 100 years ago. She kept them mesmerized with Tie Sing’s true trials and tribulations of having to cook for 18 very important men and trying to create a first class eating experience while in the Yosemite wilderness.
In addition, Pimental went on to explain a little about the art of writing and four important things that writers must do. The first is to wonder, followed by reading/researching, listening and writing/re-writing. She gave examples of how it pertained to her writing the book. As previous authors have done, she emphasized the importance of rewriting. She also shared with the students that after many drafts and rewrites she had a total of 39 versions of her book before it was published. Most importantly, Pimental advised the students that if they keep their eye on their goal, they can make it. Pimental ended her presentation by signing copies of her books for the students who pre-ordered it.
The visit from Annette Pimental was made possible by Hicklebee’s Bookstore in Willow Glen. Hicklebee’s Bookstore provides touring authors to local schools and helps inspire children to read and write.