University School of Milwaukee hosted two authors during the week of March 6: Francie Dekker and Liza Wiemer. Although the books and audiences were different (Dekker spoke to Lower School students, and Wiemer spoke with Middle School students), the messages of celebrating our differences while finding commonalities were similar.
Preschool and Lower School students enjoyed a presentation by author Francie Dekker on Monday, March 6. Dekker is the author of “Our World of Dumplings,” a delicious story that celebrates the many different types of dumplings that exist in the world, and how food brings people and cultures together. Judy Clegg, Preschool and Lower School librarian, arranged for dumpling soup to be served during lunch for Preschool and Lower School students that day. According to FLIK Independent School Dining, USM’s food service provider, the soup was especially popular. Dekker’s visit was sponsored by USM Parents’ Association.
Author Liza Wiemer visited Middle School students on Wednesday, March 8 to discuss her book, “The Assignment,” a contemporary story inspired by a real-life incident that explores discrimination and antisemitism and reveals their dangerous impact. “The Assignment” is her second young-adult novel and it has received 11 honors, including being named a 2021 Sydney Taylor Notable Book. Wiemer and her family live in Milwaukee.