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Illustrator draws out stories for students

Steven Kellogg reads from his books to Jessica Drinkwine’s preschool class at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.

Steven Kellogg reads from his books to Jessica Drinkwine’s preschool class at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Preschool students at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School received a special guest from children’s book author and illustrator, Steven Kellogg on June 15.

The students had an interactive lesson with Kellogg as he told them how he became inspired for his book’s characters while drawing them to life before the children’s eyes.

“I love my job writing illustrative books for kids and I hope you like them too,” he said to the class.

With excited volume, he described his adventures of Pinkerton, the main character in his series of books based on his first pet, a dog. Kellogg started by describing his childhood, longing for a pet and not being able to convince his mother with, “please, can we keep him?”

As an adult, he was able to get Pinkerton, a very large dog he described as, “doing everything upside down!”

“This dog represented my mother’s revenge,” Kellogg told the children as he drew out the character on a piece of paper.

Kellogg said he felt his Pinkerton was unique - a one of a kind - and wanted to share the story of his dog. He said his books were published in many languages and after a short while he started to receive letters from fans.

“Turns out my Pinkerton was like many other dogs,” Kellogg said. “I was surprised by the number of two and four legged companions out there that people wrote about that were like Pinkerton. It made me want to write even more adventures of Pinkerton.”

After describing the story of Pinkerton, Kellogg shared more of his books with the students and allowed them to keep the picture of Pinkerton.

Drinkwine said she was happy Kellogg and his illustrative characters could visit her classroom.

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