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Yesterday, Melissa Ann Goodwin, author of multiple books, such as The Christmas Village, came to our classroom to talk about herself. First, she read some of The Christmas Village to us, and then we chatted about the book for a little while. After this, we did a descriptive writing activity. Melissa would give us a topic such as a beautiful day, and we would have to describe it, like the birds were singing as the gentle breeze blew through the field. As she was reading some of her book, we would take notes about the Five Senses in our Writing and Reading notebooks, such as, "Jamie looked out the car window and saw the darkness of the night." Next, we asked her a lot of questions like, "Where did you get the inspiration to write a book about a Christmas Village?" She answered, "I was looking at my Christmas Village and I was wondering, what are the Carolers singing, and what are the skaters singing? I was wondering what they really would say, so I made a book about it." Another one was, "How long does it normally take you to write a book?" Melissa's answer was 1-3 years. Lastly, she passed out a cards with a picture of The Christmas Village cover on it. Each of us had a choice of having her autograph the back of the card, of course all of us did!