Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


“Crayon” Author is as Nice as His Book

Several years ago I bought a book called, “The Crayon Box that Talked,” by Shane DeRolf without realizing that its author was from Jacksonville, NC. Last week I had the honor of meeting DeRolf and getting my original book signed.

I can’t remember how my family happened upon the book. Most come from school book fairs, but this one seems to have been chosen by me and not my daughters. I know that when I read the story of the discord among the different colors, and the way they came to realize that each color contributed something different to the picture, I was moved. I bought other copies as gifts for other children in my life and kept my copy on the shelf in my room rather than in my daughter’s room so that it would be “safe.”

Perhaps that’s the reason that my daughter Maggie doesn’t really remember the book. She did remember the poem that makes up its text, however. It inspired her to write her own story in second grade. Her story is simply called “Crayons.” A little girl buys a box of crayons that can talk and chaos ensues in her life. However drawing with the crayons makes her appreciate them.

I’m not sure how much she was influenced by the meaning behind DeRolf’s poem and how much she was simply influenced by the idea of how people would react to talking crayons, but it is an interesting story for a mother to read six years later.

DeRolf was kind enough to peruse (and autograph) her story. He appreciated about some of the details she had written and illustrated and wrote her an encouraging message.

He noticed how little wear and tear was on my copy of the book, which made me realize that it would do more good living on my younger daughter’s bookshelf rather than in my closet. Unity in diversity is an important concept that I want my children to remember and, “The Crayon Box that Talked,” will be an excellent reminder.

What are some of your favorite children’s books? Are they from your childhood or ones you discovered as a parent? Do you think your children enjoy and appreciate them as much as you do?

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2 Comments on ““Crayon” Author is as Nice as His Book”

  • Sharon Knosky September 2nd, 2014 4:38 pm

    I have used this book for many years in my classroom at the beginning of the school year. You know we are all different but we have to all work together and get along because we are one big “classroom family” this year kind of thing! I have no idea that the author lived in Jacksonville and you got to meet him how wonderful!

  • Jennifer Pearce September 5th, 2014 9:28 am

    I should clarify. Shane DeRolf currently lives in Boulder, Co., but graduated high school in Jacksonville. He seems to return often for book signings and school events. His website is

    I’m glad to know his message is getting out there!

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