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Authors Visit Daly

As part of its Specials Week, which promoted this year’s school-wide theme, “Write On, Right On,” Daly welcomed two celebrated authors, Tad Hills and David Paterson. 

On Feb. 5, New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, Tad Hills, visited Daly School and delighted students as he read his book, (which, is also Daly’s book of the year), Rocket Writes A Story to them. The students were fascinated to learn how he uses basic shapes to convey different emotions. In response to student questions about how Mr. Hills gets his ideas, he shared many wonderful stories of inspiration, igniting sparks in the students’ imaginations. A second-grade student, Sam Rothenberg, age 7, commented that he was excited to meet “the author of the book of the year and to learn how he comes up with his stories.” Many left the presentation eager to start creating characters and stories of their own. 

Later that week, on the evening of Feb. 7, which was Daly’s “Special Night,” the students enjoyed a second important visitor, this time, the screenwriter of the 2007 film, Bridge to Terabithia, David Paterson, an established playwright who has written numerous plays, including several that have been performed on prominent New York stages. The original award-winning book, Bridge to Terabithia, was written in 1977 by Mr. Paterson’s mother, Katherine Paterson, and was written to help him cope with a tragic event during his early childhood, which resulted in the loss of his best friend. The children were intrigued to learn that the story was based on his childhood and that he was “the original Jess” in the story. Mr. Paterson told the audience that he chose to write the screenplay for the movie as he wanted the story to remain as close as possible to the book. Mr. Paterson shared with Daly students the emotional and exciting process of bringing the imaginary and mystical world his mother created in the book to life on film.