|Puppets by Jesse Kingsley, depicting Sylvia Mendez in the book Separate is Not Equal by Duncan Tonitiuh|
|FOCAL Luncheon book sale table with Storybook Puppets and Separate is Not Equal|
Every year at the luncheon, winners are presented with a unique puppet representing a character from their award-winning book. Jesse Kingsley, the puppeteer, used Duncan’s illustrations as inspiration for his puppet of Sylvia.
For many years the puppets for the FOCAL winners were created by Carol Onofrio. Another special treat at this year’s luncheon was the wonderful new book with photographs of all Carol’s puppets and their stories. The book, Storybook Puppets, created by Carol Onofrio’s family as a memorial to her body of work, is available in the shop at the Central Library.
Also present at the awards luncheon were children who won the FOCAL essay contest, along with their teachers, and parents. Each of the children read their essay aloud and told about a favorite part of the book and why they would like to meet the author.
For more about the book SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL go to my blog post for September 9, 2015.
|Caroline Gill, President of FOCAL; Sandy Schuckett, Essay Contest Chair|