In the fifth grade at First Street School in East Los Angeles, my best friend Georgiana Yamaguchi and I were the artists in class. While the rest of the class studied geography our teacher, Mr. Lingenhaus let us make a book on dogs. We chose the topic. Since we both loved dogs, trained the neighborhood dogs and held dog shows it was an obvious choice.
It's funny because all these years later I remember sitting at our desks side by side drawing these dogs. The book is held together with white yarn. Most of the yarn has disintegrated but a little remains.
We colored in the dogs with crayons.
And drew light pencil lines on the paper so our sentences would be straight. After we wrote the text with a ball point pen we carefully erased the lines with a pink eraser.
This post should be titled "Back in the Good Old Days."