By Denise Dick
Israel Rosario’s whole family turned out for the debut of his first book, “My Kindergarten Memory Book.”
Israel, 6, a kindergartner at Harding Elementary, showed his parents, Hernan and Jessica Rosario; younger siblings; grandma, Lenora Walker, and grandpa, Pastor Ernest Walker of Ebenezer Life Center in Liberty; his literary work — which he also illustrated.
The book begins with his first day of school and goes through the school year, ending with his kindergarten graduation.
He points to a photograph of him dressed as a ninja for Halloween as his favorite part.
Mom likes the photo at the end of Israel in his cap and gown.
Israel enjoys reading, she said.
“He’ll read a book and then write a book report about it,” Jessica Rosario said.
His parents spend a lot of time reading with their son, who also enjoys singing, playing piano and playing for the Mill Creek Little League Baseball League’s Cornersburg Dairy Queen team.
Kindergarten teacher Nancy Williamson said the kindergarten memory books have been a feature at Harding for several years. Students began compiling the books the first day of school.
Tuesday marked the culminating event, an authors’ tea where the young authors presented their bound work to family and friends.
“The purpose of this is to show their progression from barely being able to write their own name to writing complete sentences with capitalization and punctuation,” she said.
The children love it, Williamson said.
She told the friends and family members attending the event that they played a crucial role in the children’s progress.
“Their success is also your success,” Williamson said.
Montrell Hightower, 5, ran to show his mother, Cassandra McCullough, his book.
“It’s me,” he said, pointing to the photos and drawings of himself.
The book ends with signatures from many of his classmates as well as his graduation picture.
Bryanna Figueroa, 7, documented in her book all the various activities she does with her mother, Sonia Figueroa.
Mom said she and Bryanna spend a lot of time together.
“These are flowers for my mommy,” Bryanna said, pointing to the yellow blooms she drew in the book. “That’s a picture of me. That’s a picture of me and my mommy.”