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Laido patiently waits to ask Kwame Alexander a question

Laido patiently waits to ask Kwame Alexander a question .... he got an answer
Posted on 11/09/2017
Photo of Laido, Hamilton ES student at the Kwame  Alexander book event on November 9 2017

Hundreds of Schenectady students in grades 3-8 were bused to the Schenectady Armory on November 9  to meet popular author Kwame Alexander.  More than 2,200 kids have spent the last few months reading the author's books - by choice.  They have been looking forward to this day when they would meet Alexander and have an opportunity to ask questions. 

Laido, a young Hamilton Elementary School student, was excited to meet Alexander and ask what he posed as a very "important" question.

Throughout the ten minute Q&A period, Laida sat with his hand up, hoping he would be called on so that he could get the answer to his question.

He was sad when they ran out of time and still had not had the opportunity to ask his important question.

Laido turned to school secretary Sandy Anderson, and said "I wanted to ask him a very important question."  

Anderson was hoping to find a way for Laido to ask the question.  She immediately walked with Laido up to Alexander, who was still standing there, to ask him if Laido could ask him "a VERY important question."

"Sure," responded Alexander. 

"In your book The Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band, why didn't the farmer announce the band," asked Laido. 

"Because I didn't want the farmer in the book," replied Alexander.  

"Because you wanted only animals, right," Laido continued. 

"You are so right," said Alexander as he explained that he originally had the farmer in his book but decided people, like Laido, would like it better with just animals.

"It's my favorite book, thank you," said Laido.

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Laido and Kwame Alexander at the Schenectady Armory on Nov. 9

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