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Authors visit Market Street Elementary



Published: Fri, April 5, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.While Jim Hixson (left) read from "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, Jon surprised the audience by appearing in costume at the J.J Brothers assembly Feb. 11.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Students at Market Street Elementary School watched the antics of the J.J. Brothers at the assembly Feb. 11.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Jim Hixson, one part of the trio that is the J.J Brothers, began the assembly at Market Street Elementary School with an exercise called "laughing practice."

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.While Jim Hixson (left) read "Caterpillar Jones and the Adventures of Nut E. Squirrel," his brother, Jon, dressed as a squirrel and acted out parts of the book Feb. 11.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Jim Hixson (front) and his brother, Jon, talked about sentence structure using sentences that Jon wrote at Market Street Elementary School Feb. 11.

By NATALIE SCOTT

nscott@vindy.com

Market Street Elementary School received a visit from authors and performers, the J.J. Brothers, Feb. 11.

The J.J. Brothers have been writing books for more than 15 years. Their titles include “The Adventures of Caterpillar Jones,” “Caterpillar Jones and the Adventures of Nut E. Squirrel,” and “Dog Collars,” which is their newest children’s novel. Their books teach children how to deal with real-life situations in positive ways, as well as encouraging literacy.

J.J. Brothers also performs assemblies to teach and entertain children. The assemblies encourage reading, discuss the different parts of the creative writing process, and allows children and teachers to participate in an interactive story.

The assembly offered a variety of comedic acts, such as one of the brothers riding on stage on a tricycle and thwarting his brother’s speech. They also brought stories, their own an classics like “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, to life by performing different sections in costume.

The J.J. Brothers are originally from Akron and they perform their assemblies for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. To learn more, visit www.jjbrothers.org.


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