Archive for March 2012

Have you ever written to an author?

March 30, 2012

Trey, a very creative fourth grader in Mrs. Jerome’s class who we’ve heard from before (!!!), had an interesting story to tell me today:


“I was making origami Darth Papers and origami Yodas, and I decided I wanted to make an origami creation of my own. It wasn’t really hard once I started it. I wanted it to be Hans Solo, but it turned out to be Anakin. Tom Angleberger, the author of the book ORIGAMI YODA and DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK, was one of my favorite authors so I decided to show him. I mailed him the origami Anakin and wrote him a letter. Every day I would beg Mom to go to the post office on the way in to school to see if my letter had come. I was getting tired of waiting, and was deciding to give up, when my Mom tucked a card in my hand when I first woke up this morning and I found out it was already open. Inside, I saw Tom’s letter along with two stickers and a temporary tattoo. I felt really excited that a famous author had written to me. I shared it with my classmates after recess. Everyone really loved it and wished they had an author’s signature of their own.”

Awesome!  I love it when kids are so connected to a book that they will write a letter to the author, AND I’m glad that Tom Angleberger was kind enough to write back.

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Blake is writing a book!

March 16, 2012

Blake, a fifth grader in Mrs. Conrad’s class, told me about a book he is writing. Here’s what he said about it:
“This book is about a 15-year old boy named Cody Gray. One day he visits his mother’s grave, Emma Gray. But he stumbles on the boogey man’s grave and gets magical powers. Feel free to ask me stuff about my book! Tristen is going to help me.”

Sounds interesting! We’ll check in with him in a few weeks and see how it’s coming.

HAPPY READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY!!

March 2, 2012
Gracie with her mom and little sister, showing off their Seuss cake

Gracie with her mom and little sister, showing off their Seuss cake

We’ve been celebrating all week, but today is the REAL birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Elementary schools all over America are celebrating the wonderful, wacky books of Dr. Seuss and the joy of reading in general.

Here are TWO trivia questions, one for yesterday when we had a snow day, and one for today:

Question #4:  “How did Dr. Seuss serve his country during World War II?”

Question #5:  “Which Dr. Seuss book was in the top five of the Publishers Weekly best-selling children’s books of all time?”

Answer in the comment section below.  Prize winner will be announced on Monday.