After many years in the real estate, finance, and banking fields, Eric Axelbaum started to feel unsatisfied with his work. He got his first teaching job with virtually no experience or schooling, and then set out to learn everything possible about teaching.
In fact, Eric doesn't let anything stop him. It was a challenge to create illustrations, because he was diagnosed with a neurological impairment that makes it difficult to write and draw neatly. Compounding this effort was the fact that he is almost completely color blind. In his first book, Eric Loves Art, he demonstrates how a little boy overcomes his creative limitations by learning techniques that make art fun again. While Eric Loves Art is written for art teachers, its moral can be useful to any teacher or parent. Of course, this idea came from the author's own adaptations to accomplish his goals, despite his loss of fine motor skills and visual acuity.
One day in class, Eric asked his second grade class to create the cover of a book that they would like to write one day. Because he likes to complete many of the creative tasks he assigns his students, Eric decided to illustrate a book cover, too. It came out as A Bee With A Degree. This second book features animals doing things that rhyme with their name, and the reader must try to guess what each animal is doing. Again, Eric learned various techniques to help him push past his physical limitations so the artwork could come alive.
Eric Axelbaum is now an award-winning elementary school teacher. He has taught second grade for 14 years at Forsyth School, an independent school in St. Louis, Missouri. Making learning fun and increasing self-esteem are two top priorities he has for his students. Both of his books emphasize these goals.
Both books are for ages 6-9. Curriculum standards included. Discounts available for retail and bulk orders.
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