Creativity, enthusiasm, and a bit of whimsical madness circled the grass last week in the form of the Sixth Grade Poster Parade. The sixth graders had worked for weeks crafting posters with scenes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

Both books have been part of the sixth graders’ literature studies this year. From the grinning Cheshire Cat to rafting on the Mississippi, the students illustrated the creativity of Twain and Carroll and shared it with the whole school.

Here are a few pictures for those who could not join us. If, however, you wish to know what makes it “worth being a pirate, after all” or what “the different branches of Arithmetic” are when you are a turtle, you will need to ask one of our wonderful sixth graders . . . or open one of those books of adventures.

“’Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here . . .’ ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. There was a song in every heart; and if the heart was young, the music issued at the lips. There was cheer in every face and a spring in every step.” – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

“Well!’ thought Alice to herself, ‘after such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they’ll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn’t say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!’ (Which was very likely true.)” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Curiouser and curiouser!” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Alice felt a little irritated at the Caterpillar’s making such VERY short remarks, and she drew herself up and said, gravely, ‘I think, you ought to tell me who YOU are, first.’” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Alice didn’t think that proved it at all; however, she went on ‘And how do you know that you’re mad?’” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“There will be nonsense in it!” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“’Like it? Well, I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?’ That put things in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth – stepped back to note the effect – added a touch here and there – criticized the effect again – Ben watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more, absorbed.” – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them . . .” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Diligence and attention soon gave him the knack of it, and he strode down the street with his mouth full of harmony and his soul full of gratitude.” – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer