Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Snail Mail

Even in this age of email, text, and skype there is still something special about the ritual of opening the mailbox and finding a letter with your name on it, especially if you are a child. Have your child practice writing and storytelling skills by composing a letter or drawing a picture for a friend or relative. Hint: choose someone that you know will write back, so that you can check the mail together in anticipation.

Last week I received a delightful note from one of my former storytime girls in which she “reviewed” a book I recommended to her. The book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, is about a thoughtful zookeeper and his sympathetic animal companions. The pencil sketches are startlingly beautiful and the relationship between Amos and his friends is filled with subtle humor and the quiet kind of love that comes from knowing just what to say to a friend in need.  It comes highly recommended from a certain story-lover I know.

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