This is a book about learning. It tells what takes place in the brain when it is sparked by a new idea, when a new question is asked, and how each of us expresses what we learned.
Creating the book took a team effort. MultipleMe’s were needed.
As the author, I wrote the text of the book. I translated Professor I.Dea’s research into relatable stories. I gave each of the Me’s a voice to explain how they interact with the world.
Slava, the illustrator, is a PictureMe, Logical/MathMe, and IndividualMe. Slava pictured each Me as a character and drew what he saw. He provided the context for the characters by drawing them in the setting where they might be found.
We each brought our strengths to the table and worked the words and pictures out together. As Slava would say, “We puzzled things out. We put the pieces together.” It was certainly a process of creation. One step, create. Next step, re-vise. And it continued… creating… re-visioning… revising… re-visioning… revising… re-visioning. So it went over the course of about four years.
We had many discussions about each of the Me’s and how to frame them in words and pictures. Since we are both IndividualMe’s, we could collaborate with one another and then respect the need that we each had for individual reflection.
We began with letter writing back and forth between each of the Me’s and Professor I.Dea, a character that resembles Howard Gardner, who proposed the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and conducted neurological research to study the many ways we can all be smart. Through the letters the Me’s stepped out from their neural pathways and made their debut into the world. Professor I.Dea encouraged us along the way.
We also used mentor books along the way: picture books that told the stories of notable Me’s. For example, we studied Albert Einstein and his ideas about visualizing the universe for Picture Me. These stories and pictures of genius were very helpful.
The bottom line in education is learning. If we don’t know about the brain and how we think and feel, how can we educate children? Our book, Meet the Me’s, is one piece of a larger, more inclusive puzzle. Education should respect and honor many ways to be smart. This puzzle piece, combining the entire range of colors and hues of human learning, should value the diversity of mankind and the value of approaching problems from different angles.
We consider all the Me’s our friends. They are a part of us. We will keep dreaming. I, in words. Slava, in pictures.