Author Visit at WHES

Polyvios Christoforos Visits
Photo of author Christoforos reading to WHES students

On Monday, April 22, 2019 Polyvios Christoforos, a Salem native whose brother attended WHES, captured the attention of a large audience while he shared his autobiographical picture book “Sammy Smart Guy” with Witchcraft Heights School’s first, second, third and fourth graders. 
He read aloud his book sharing the process of creating this story in two presentations.  This is the first book Poly wrote and illustrated.  He starting creating this book in 2017 by drawing the illustrations and then describing the illustration with words.   He described his illustrations as having movement and that this story follows the life of a character with autism based on his own life experiences.  

After reading aloud his book he answered many questions from students.  One second grade student asked,” What inspired you to write a picture book?”   He shared that his mother inspired him and gave him the drive to put his story in a book using an animated character named Sammy.  Poly shared that his mother always read to him as a child and that he has a library of picture books at his house that inspired him to write one.   Poly’s proud mother Georgia accompanied Poly to WHES. 

A third grade student asked,” Why did you want to share this story?”  Poly explained that he desired to share his own viewpoint of autism with others as everyone has different view points.”  During the publishing process, Poly decided he needed to share both the good and challenging parts of his life.  

A fourth grader asked questions about Poly’s artwork wondering how old he was when he drew each one.  Poly shared 3 of his original pieces of artwork that he drew or painted at the age of 4, 8 and 16.  He enjoys drawing in 2-d, bringing  his characters to life using animation.    Poly then asked the fourth grader what he liked to draw and if he enjoyed drawing animation?  

Another second grade connected with Poly sharing that he loves to draw and wanted to know how he got started.  Poly advised this student to have patience and to keep practicing drawing.  Poly shared that drawing was very important to him and that he got his voice through his artwork.

The entire Witchcraft Heights Community would like to thank Polyvios and his mother Georgia for spending the morning with us.  You are such an inspiration and a talented author and illustrator!

WHES student reading Sammy Smart Guy

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