written by Susan Love and illustrated by Patrick Harrington
In her book, Ms. Love’s Mystical Island Adventure; Sabrina, Arthur, and Lucy find themselves on a secluded island, where they solve mysteries to save a magical orchid that shields the Earth, repairing its ozone layer. As a hurricane approaches, it threatens to destroy the bloom. The children and Ms. Love race against time to discover clues to find and fix a sacred crystal, the islands power source.
For more information, visit Susan’s website at mslovesmysticalisland.com/
The Transformation of Ms. Love’s Classroom
When Susan Love was new to teaching, she was a little depressed by her classroom. The kids were uninspired, and the parents seemed uninterested. She was sure the year would be a failure. When she took a trip to the Caribbean it helped guide her to feel refreshed and helped her decide to turn the classroom into an “Island of Learning”. This encouraged her students, many of whom had island backgrounds, to write stories.
To her surprise, the children wrote island stories about her and suddenly she decided to create her own Ms. Love island story incorporating the kid’s creative ideas and wanted to share it with the rest of the world. What I found most unique about Susan was her passion for changing the lives of her students and helping them identify with their culture. To see the pictures of her classroom, check them out here.
The Book Launch
When I watched this book launch, I was very impressed. Susan didn’t just create a book, she created an experience for her students and her community.