Rick DeDonato, author of the “Pipsie: Nature Detective” series of books visited Browning-Pearce Elementary School last month.
DeDonato said the character of Pipsie was inspired by an imaginary friend his daughter, Alexis, created when she was a child.
Alexis, now an actress in California, visited Browning-Pearce with her dad and helped him read to the students.
Rick and Alexis read, “The Disappearing Caterpillar” and “The Lunchnapper” to the kindergarten students gathered in the school’s cafeteria.
Students had read the books and studied insects before the author and his daughter visited.
Kindergarten teacher Megan DeDonato invited Rick to visit the school. He is her husband’s uncle.