Speechless. I was in 4th grade when Mr Aruego visited our Rolling Valley Elm School in Springfield, VA. It was so inspiring. HE was so inspiring. To meet an adult, when youre a child -- who drew for a living, ... a real-life artist. It was so so so inspiring. He encouraged me -- I told him I drew, and he told me to stick with it and keep at it! I'm 33 -- and a professional artist myself -- and I wanted to finally thank him. I googled him tonight, and discovered that he past about 2.5 years ago. I am so sad. But --I am so happy he lived such a long and amazing life. I just wish I could have said thank you sooner. So, thank you Mr Aruego. I want you to know that you inspired me, and motivated me to pursue my passion. You touched so many creative minds and hearts. And, I am a huge animal lover now as well. THANK YOU. Bless you. And til we meet again, be well. PS: I eat my veggies, and that stuck with me with with "Gregory, the Terrible Eater" :D Yours truly, Maria Bolton-Joubert PS: I only just learned tonight that he created books with his wife --I think that is so sweet and endearing. Just lovely.