Remembering Tomie de Paola

My son Jay, who just got married, is 30, but I will always remember the day a long time ago when we met Tomie de Paola at a Dallas bookstore. Jay was impressed because he liked de Paola’s book The Art Lesson, which tells how the author received a box of 64 crayons for his birthday.

Here’s the story about our encounter with Paola, the author of many wonderful children’s books. He died on March 30, 2020.

When Jay was 3 or 4 years old, we went to see Tomie dePaola at Taylor’s Bookstore in Dallas.

“Ask him if he still has his box of 64 crayons,” Jay said.

“You ask him,” I said.

“No, you ask him,” Jay told me.

So, I asked him.

“Mr. dePaola, do you still have your box of 64 crayons?” I asked.

Tomie dePaola smiled and looked right at Jay. “No,” he said, “I get a new box of 64 crayons every year.”

–Joy

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