July 19, 2007

Post #2264 – 20070719

Mr. Pinkwater. Around the middle of May I was stuck in the same position as many teachers, wondering how on earth I could keep my reading group of 6th graders interested and engaged enough to make it through the rest of the year. This is no easy task and I was despairing until I got the idea to share with them one of my favorite books; The Hoboken Chicken Emergency. They were instantly big fans and wondered why I had been holding out with something so cool. My students are all children of emigrants themselves so that aspect especially rang true for them. I just wanted to say thank you for making my job easier and more fun. On a side note, I got your Uncle Boris in the Yukon and Other Shaggy Dog Stories shortly after we got a Newfoundland puppy and I laughed reading about all the silly things dogs do. They really are wonderful creatures and I’m glad to hear my dog isn’t the only goofy one out there. Thanks again and I look forward to more books.

Daniel replies:

Not only do I have the neatest readers, but some of them are even neat teachers. Being an obscure author has its compensations.