Earlier this spring, I sat next to Janie, a first grade teacher, at a fundraising dinner. As teachers, we quickly found “common ground” and spent a lovely evening together. And, of course, my books came up in conversation. I wasn’t sure if any of my books would work in the public school but Janie said they would. Later, I sent her a copy of the Littlest Pair, the story of the two termites meeting resistance from the other animals when they board Noah’s Ark. Yesterday I received the most wonderful collection of children’s art, essays and the following letter.
Dear Sylvia, Thank you so much for the autographed copy of your amazing book. I wish you could have seen my students’ reactions while listening to the story. They were delighted with the characters and the illustrations. They really grasped the concept of tolerance; more than a few said, “Martin Luther King and Ghandi would really like this book!” Princess, one of my little girls said, ” We should not judge termites before we get to know them, even if they are purple.” Thank you! Janie
And here are just 3 incredible examples of the student’s work.