"Herman Parish visited with our Kindergarten-Third graders. His anecdotes and family photos brought Aunt Peggy to life for the kids. When he explained his tiny notebook and read aloud to the students, they were absolutely in awe. And, what could be better than the 'real' Amelia Bedelia dropping in and dusting the audience? Without any reservation, he is a must have guest in your Library! We loved him!"
"I would absolutely recommend booking Herman Parish to visit! I can't tell you how many students and teachers came up to me the next day to tell me how wonderful he was. As a person who has organized author visits at my school for 13 years, I can assure you that a librarian knows a day was a great success when the teachers rave about the author visit!"
"On behalf of the Glenville Elementary School PTA Board and Administration, I wanted to thank you for visiting our school this past Wednesday. We have received nothing but positive feedback from both our staff and our students on your presentations and on the visits from our very own Amelia Bedelia! Your presentations were engaging, interactive and informative, each geared to the specific age group of the students in attendance. The children were abuzz with excitement all day and anything that generates an interest in reading and writing, we are all for! At my house, the excitement continued as the kids truly enjoyed seeing you, their school and Principal featured on Channel 12 that night. Thank you for your time and your patience as well during the hectic book singings. We wish you much continued success with the Amelia Bedelia series and we look forward to reading about all her future literal antics!
Ann Marie Bullis
"I would like to thank you for your great presentations. Your assembly programs for all of our children were wonderful filled with information, good humor anecdotes of your life, information about your aunt and your relationship to her. In addition, your discussion of your work as a writer was terrific for our young writers to hear. During lunch we were all impressed with your willingness and ability to share your knowledge with our students and to relate to all levels of learners. Your day here was most appreciated."
"Teachers, students, parents, principals and librarians are still expressing how much they enjoyed your visit. Bravo, Herman Parish!!!"
Lex Anne Seifert
"Thanks so much for the terrific presentations on Wednesday at T.B.D.! The kids and the teachers are still buzzing honestly, not sure which were more excited. You've set an impossible standard for us to reach for next year and it was the best day I've had in recent memory."
Robin Messing Bogdanoff
"All the students enjoyed your presentation. They were still talking about your visit until the end of the school year. You made a really big impression on them. You have a wonderful way of changing your presentation to meet the needs of the different age groups to be sure they are always involved and interested."
"Your visit was a real hit. The committee members and I enjoyed it and most importantly, the kids went home and raved to their parents. One parent even commented on how her son asked if he could take his Amelia Bedelia book to read on his was to baseball practice. Again, thank you for a wonderful day."
Melba Herrera Kelly
"I feel that I must give you some of the feedback I heard. The schools were still abuzz today! You got a rave review from our toughest critics... THE 6TH GRADERS! They are usually a hard group to please... they are at that age when nothing is cool enough. Well, they loved your presentation. One mom said that her daughter came home, went to her room and took out all of her old Amelia Bedelia books. One of the 3rd grade teachers said that the children were so excited after your program that she scrapped the rest of the morning's lesson plan and used what you spoke about as a springboard for the rest of the morning's activities. One of the 2nd grade teachers said that what impressed her most was the time you spent letting us get to know your Aunt Peggy. She felt that is was so unselfish of you to share so much of your 'spotlight' with your Aunt. One of the Pre-K teachers already sent us a thank you note for 'providing a wonderful experience for all of our students.' One thing that every single person said to me is that you were such a nice person.
"Your presentations to the students were wonderful entertaining and informative. Staff and students alike were delighted by your visit and were charmed by you."
"We enjoyed your visit so very much and the kids have borrowed your books and talked about you very often. You left a wonderful feeling within our building."
"Without a doubt you are famous in Fairfield! Students, staff, parents, and administration were thrilled with your visit. Thank you for bringing your talent, warmth, honesty, and good humor to share with us. We are proud to call you a 'New Jersey author!'
"Hope all is well with you. The kids are still talking about your visit! The last day of school I got two requests for the 1st day of August H. Potter latest installment plus your latest book due out in June! I'll get 'em both."
"Thank you for an entertaining, informative presentation yesterday. I've heard so many comments from students and faculty who agree with my opinion of your visit delightful! The slides that showed how authors and illustrators work both separately and together were perfect for our older students, so thank you for tailoring that presentation just for them."
Betty W. Koonce
"I just wanted to thank you for visiting our school last Thursday and providing our students with a lesson that was interesting and exciting. Earlier this year we had several students who wrote short stories that we 'published' and put into our school library. Your visit helped to inspire other students to do the same. The helpful hint you gave regarding the notebook (that you carry to jot down notes) seems to have sparked the minds of many of our students.
"I have yet to see such a comprehensive package of literature information, curriculum connections and even signed bookmarks to reproduce, from any other author I have had visit! By incorporating some of the materials and suggestions Mr. Parish provided, I was able to fully prepare my students for his visit and they were counting the days until he came."
Anne D. Brusca
"I had great feedback from moms saying that instead of the usual "Nothing" answer to "What happened in school today?" the dinner table conversation was filled with fun facts about Amelia Bedelia, Herman Parish and his famous Aunt. The teachers also gave the program a big thumbs up."
"Thank you for a wonderful presentation and visit yesterday! I have gotten so much positive feedback from the teachers and the students it is wonderful! My kids loved seeing me as Amelia Bedelia and couldn't wait to tell their dad all about it when he got home!"
"How can we ever thank you for such a delightful day! I have gotten so much positive feedback from the students, teachers and parents about your two sessions with the children. They found it so interesting that you have your little 'scratch pad' where you write your notes. The teachers appreciated the fact that you are continually revising copy this was a good lesson for them. They also had never experienced an author who personalized the books so nicely for the children. Last but not least, everyone commented on your wonderful personality so real and approachable, you are truly inspiring. We are looking forward to your new book! The children are always asking for you. Thanks a million!!"
"Your visit to C.H Campbell Elementary School was certainly the highlight of our school year. The kids and teachers thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and learning about one of their favorite characters, Amelia Bedelia. We especially enjoyed celebrating Amelia's 40th birthday. We always love to have an occasion to have a special treat at our school!!!
"Thank you so much for your wonderful program at our school last Friday. Everyone had a great time and all were 'raving' about it (kids, parents, and staff). Thanks too for how you took the time to personalize all the books."
"We can't thank you enough for visiting our school and sharing all you fun and wisdom with us. Your program was informative and extremely enjoyable, to say the least.
Martha Traina and Terese Guerriero
"You were 'out of this world!' Everyone really enjoyed your visit, students and parents alike. Many parents commented on the great Amelia Bedelia costume. Amelia Bedelia books have been flying out of the library since April 18th. There were lengthy articles regarding your presentation in two of our local newspapers. They gave rave reviews! We truly enjoyed both presentations and came away with some great new insights that we can incorporate into our future lesson plans. Thanks for sharing with us!"
Lorraine, Peggy, Terri & Karen
"Several teachers came up to me after your visit to emphasize how much they and their classes enjoyed your excellent presentations; they all thought you were one of our best. You were sensitive and responsive to the different needs of our various groups from the kindergartens to the eighth grade. You captured everyone's attention with the visuals you provided, the clever anecdotes and your own methods to keep Amelia Bedelia alive, right down to your pocket notepad. One young mother stopped in Friday morning and noted with amazement how her usually inattentive daughter came home and recounted your presentation in great detail. It should be no surprise to know that all your Amelia Bedelia books are signed out! Thank you again for a wonderful day!!!"
"On behalf of the Landisville PTO, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for visiting our school last Tuesday. The students and faculty thoroughly enjoyed your presentations. Your style and manner with the children was just perfect. They were so excited to be meeting a real author. Similarly, the students were amazed when they opened their Amelia Bedelia books to see your autograph. Thank you for taking the time to personally sign each book. It definitely meant a lot to them. Herman Parish Day at Landisville Primary Center was truly a special day. Thank you for making it so unforgettable!"
Miss Amy Bigoski
"The day after your visit I went to many of the classrooms. Upon entering each room I was greeted by excited students telling me that yesterday's assembly program by Mr. Parish was great. The greatest gift an educator shares with his students is the inspiration to learn and expand one's horizons. Undoubtedly, that message came through loud and clear."
"There was no doubt about it. Our scheduled author day visit was an unqualified success. Our faculty and students were very enthusiastic about your presentations. The teachers especially enjoyed the way you related to children in all grades. We thank you for enriching our day and enhancing our writing and Literature experiences."
Susan P. Schlossberg
"Thanks from a parent for being so interested in every child. It just shows through your face. Peggy would be smiling!"
"Thank you for coming to the school. You did a great speech. Do you think we were a great audience? You are a great reader. You are a great author. P.S. Do you like reading?"
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