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Mighty, magnificent, magical Melissa

April 15, 2011

When bad weather nixed our evening flight to St Louis at the last minute, we thought our Midwest trip was doomed. But it takes more than a snowstorm to faze Melissa Posten, Children’s buyer and Guru at Pudd’nHead Books (yes it is her official title).  Melissa flew into action and rearranged our schedule, so we could fly out next morning and not miss a single thing. She met us at the airport with coffee, and whisked us away on a magical tour through the schools of St Louis. We arrived to find hallways festooned with jungle foliage, students in a frenzy of excitement thanks to Melissa’s advance visits, and school libraries stacked with our books.

But Melissa hadn’t finished working her magic yet. That night at Pudd’nhead, she assembled a wonderful group of young readers, local authors and Maya fanatics – including Anne, a docent at the St Louis Museum of Art. The next day, Anne took us on a private tour of The Fiery Pool exhibit. This jaw-droppingly amazing collection of Maya artifacts includes the never before displayed Altun Ha jade head from Belize which was the original inspiration for the Jaguar Stones.

It was the perfect end to a perfect visit.

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