I read THE HAPPINESS TREE and JANUARY'S CHILD to the third grade class at Sanchez Elementary School this past June. My book buddy, Luis, was proud to stand by my side and assist me in passing out my gift of a new book to each of his classmates, many of whom rarely shelve a new book in their libraries at home. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to balance the solitude of writing at my desk with my visits to connect with my readers.
A week later, I received this letter from the class teacher:
"Thank you for visiting our learning community and sharing your beautiful books with us. In your presentation, you instilled the importance of the written word and the joy of reading through ongoing open dialogue. Luis and his classmates enjoyed having an author and friend illustrate the gift of individuality and the importance of celebrating our hopes and wishes--gifts of humanity. We appreciate your warmth and generosity--always.
Aya Sugano, Third Grade teacher at Sanchez Elementary School, SF
... And a thank you card with an illustration of a butterfly on the front from Luis.
Causes Andrea Gosline Supports
Friends of the Urban Forest, Greenpeace, Roots and Shoots