Local couple entertains children

ST. CLAIRSVILLE- Andre and David Weimer treated second, third, and fourth grade students at St. Mary’s school to an auditory and visual experience this past Friday. The couple collaborated on a book, with David doing the writing and Andre providing illustrations. The book is called “Ben and the Dragon”, based partially on their son. David says “the only imaginary thing is the dragon world, which is strongly influenced by my notions of my French wife’s heritage. I wanted to write a story for my boy where something extraordinary happens to him.” While David read two chapters aloud to students, Andre painted a scene from the book. The painting was donated to be put in St. Mary’s library.

David has published two other books, and Andre is a professional artist who runs a painting class at Fala Carte Art Studio at 165 East Main St. in St. Clairsville. David and Andre live in Flushing, and their two sons attend St. Mary’s school. Monday Oct. 21 and Wednesday Oct. 23, they will be repeating their reading/painting performance at St. Clairsville Elementary School’s “Literacy Night: Reading is Spooktacular” event. They will do two readings each night, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 6 p.m., with a question and answer session after each reading. For each painting that Andre does, a prize drawing will be held. “Ben and the Dragon” can be purchased on amazon.com.

Warner can be reached at mwarner@timesleaderonline.com.