If you give a third grader a camera…

Inspired by one of my all-time favorite children’s books, If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff, this post is a photo essay explaining the events that transpired after handing over my camera to one of my third graders at Wang Yang Elementary School today.

If you give a third grader a camera, he'll want to take your picture!

Then he'll want to borrow your talking dictionary.

He'll probably want his picture taken, too.

After taking his own picture, he will begin to take pictures of his classmates.

Some will be shy.

And others will be downright indifferent.

Then he'll probably want to pose for a few more close-ups of his own.

After seeing you at your desk, he'll remember to ask about those magic tricks.

When his classmates see him borrowing your camera, they'll want to start borrowing things, too!

Someone will eventually ask for the dry erase markers.

And if she asks to borrow dry erase markers, she's going to want to write on the board.

But sooner or later he'll want to start exploring, camera in hand, beyond the classroom.

Here the amateur photographer will continue capturing the activities of his faithful subjects.

However, they won't last long in the heat, so they'll return to read books under the ceiling fan.

And play with the awesome animal poster hanging on the wall.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day you'll have to go home, and take the camera with you.

But not before you lend your sunglasses, along with your camera, for one last photo shoot!

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