Pine-Richland High School 2013 graduate Elizabeth Beatty toured Richland Elementary School classrooms to share a book she recently completed. Elizabeth not only wrote the book, but she illustrated it.
"Elmie's Treasure" is about a creature named Elmie who loves to collect and hoard objects that he finds.
"He thinks that his belongings make him happy, until he meets someone new who shows him that friendship is more special than his possessions," she said. "When Elmie makes a mistake and gets greedy, he must make things right."
She stopped off at Mr. Borgen's, Mrs. Giegel's and Mrs.Fickes' classrooms to share her book. The students enjoyed the story.
"I like the way she used a very good character lesson in her story," Mrs. Giegel said. "It was a fun story that shows friendships are more important than things. It is so colorful and appealing."
Elizabeth is working on getting the book published. She will graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art this year, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. Last summer, she interned at Faber-Castell, where she focused on design and product development, and at Ann Scott Design, a small greeting card business.
"Children's books are what I'm most passionate about though, which lead me to create this book for my senior thesis," she said. "I have a couple of other books that are currently in-progress."