Better late than never

Last week I received an envelope full of letters from students who had read my book Dragonkeeper. This wasn’t unusual in itself. From time to time, I get letters from kids who have read the book as a class, or whose teacher has read it to them. This collection of letters was different, because it took more than two years to reach me.

The students were from Kinglake West Primary School and the letters were written in November 2008. They were in an envelope all ready to post, but for some reason they were never posted. Then the Black Saturday fires went through Kinglake. The school survived, but the letters were lost and I can’t imagine what the community went through.

The teacher left the school. The letters were later found andย the envelope passed on to someone, who passed it on to someone else. Eventually it was handed to my daughter Lili at a conference last week, and I finally got to read the letters and look at the pictures those students drew. I can’t write back and thank the kids for their letters, because they’d all be in high school now. So I thought I’d post some of their artwork here on my blog. And thank them that way. Better late than never.

Click on the thumbnails to see the full images.

27 responses to “Better late than never

  1. hi Carole Wilkinson!
    OUr class has also created some dragon artwork too:)
    I would like to show you ours because they are very good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Cool dragons you got there. How on earth do you draw a dragon, im hopeless?????? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Jessie,
    I would like to see your artwork. You can send it by email or to my postal address. See Contact on the menu along the bottom of this page.

  4. Carole , Please,Please tell ,me that you are still writing the new book.
    I am very anxious for the new Book!!!!

    P.S you are my favorite author

  5. Ziyin,
    Yes I am still writing the book. That is what I do every day. But it takes about a year for me to write a book. I’m afraid that you will have to be patient! I am honoured to be your favourtie author.

  6. what is it cauld i’m very anxious you are my favourite auther and really into your dragonkeeper books i red the whole series and very excited about the new book!

  7. Hi Carole Wilkinson,
    You are my favourite author I love your books and I have read them all and I am on this TV show called It’s Academic and I have chosen you as my random spotlight topic. Random spotlight topic is when you answer questions about that person or thing.By the way I love those drawings up there wish I could draw like that!!:)

  8. Lauren,
    That’s fantastic! Thanks for choosing my books for your topic. Do you know when it will be on TV? I’d love to see it.

  9. Hi Carole,
    I have read your book Dragon Keeper. I don’t normally enjoy reading books but, this one has made me more interested in reading books. I am doing an assignment for school and I am interested in your opinion in making the novel Dragon Keeper into a film.
    Thanks, LO JO DO.

  10. guillaume,
    Thank you.
    The idea is that you read the book, and then you know that answer. If I told people how the book ends, no one would buy it.

  11. now have you ever thought about doing an animation on the book series. not like a movie but like a youtube video?

  12. alex,
    no I haven’t. I earn my living from my books. If anyone was going to make a movie, there would have to be something in it for me financially. You might think that makes me mean, but writing is my job.

  13. HI again,

    I sent you a picture of a dragon, I was wondering if you posted it on your website, where would I find it?

    By the way, I think everyone did a GREAT job on the dragons! I really like them.
    Keep on drawing guys

  14. adele,
    It should be on the Readers Art page, but I can’t find it.
    I will have a look through my files and get back to you by email.

  15. I found the book, The Dragon Keeper,at a second hand store in our village.
    This is a powerful story for children and for anyone else who has an interest in symbolism.
    The “dragon” lives…
    It’s the cosmic energy that lives inside everyone who chooses to “tune in” to their sensitive, feeling self.
    Thankyou Ms. Wilkenson for adding to the flow of information that leads to transformation.
    May we all embrace the “dragon”.

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