Preschoolers become accomplished authors


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Twelve 5-year-olds at the Marin Learning Center preschool are authors working together writing a book.

"It started with a blank piece of paper and on it I wrote 'once upon a time,' and then they took it from there," said head teacher Mahealani Barnes.

It is their story and their heavy emphasis on food. The cat is the color of lemons with bubble gum spots, meeting astronaut Bob from the planet Noodle.

They did the illustrations by drawing, cutting out pictures and pasting.

The cat and the astronaut become good friends and a magic plane takes the cat to meet Bob on his planet at anytime.

"I really think it's about their friendships. The truth comes out in their stories about their friendships also," said Barnes.

Most of these kids come from economically challenged families and this has been a way to encourage their creativity and reading and to give them a sense of self esteem.

"It comes from some truth in their life," said Barnes.

And they're helping make improvements at the school with proceeds from the book. It sells for $25 and is already in a second printing -- a sense of accomplishment.

"The love of reading and they have their own book when they go home. So I mean that's worth a million isn't it?" said Barnes.

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