This year on Valentines Day I pulled out two books I used last year. One of the books lots of you reviewed last week – I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder. What are great little book to share and to write from. We were all set to use one haiku on our message board in the morning as a hint to one of our activities for the day. It didn’t happen but it is still a good idea. (maybe we will use it in April for poetry month.)
The day began with a blur of shared cards and gifts and way to much excitement. We needed a way to settle and focus so I pulled out Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli.
Last year this book was liked by my class and they thought it was cute but … This year we talked about how Valentines Day is about kindness. We watched Kid Presidents Pep Talk about being awesome and I asked them to think about how this might apply to Mr. Hatch.
I began reading and there was still the shifting of bodies and talking. Ok, so they are not crazy about this book either. But I love this book so I kept reading. By page four they were quiet and excited that someone loves Mr. Hatch. By page 18 they are almost in tears. There was a hush across the room. Then the whispers “How can this happen to Mr. Hatch?” “This is a sad book.”
As we ended the story the discussion was in full swing.
- What made this a good book?
- I liked how the characters changed
- Can we write stories about how we made some one feel better?
- Who do we know who might need to hear from a friend today?
This book had so much more energy this year with this group of students. The difference surprised me. I was delighted and happy to let the students lead the way in what they might like to write in response to this book.
The haiku lesson can wait for another day!
It is nice when you revisit a book and it surprises you! What book should you reread this week?