Mrs. Beverly Murphy is a second grade teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Newark, Delaware.
"Your drawings have inspired my students to embrace art and storytelling as a means of expressing themselves. Even my most challenged readers have found a friend in little Tomie as he struggles to be the unique individual his talents lead him to be. Oliver Button teaches them that different is not only acceptable, but sometimes even better than the rest. Your stories teach them to value young and old alike. I believe it is vital for these young ones to hear these words. Often times the world screams a far different message of intolerance for anyone not youthful, thin, and beautiful."
Tomie: Thank you for your lovely note, and the creative and colorful letters from your students.