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Children’s Letters

2011 January 18
by prgiff

I sit at my desk with the children’s letters spread out in front of me.  Some of them I keep for a long time.  I tack them up in my office and stare at them when I think I’ll never get to the next sentence, or the next paragraph, when I think someone is going to tell me that I’m not a writer after all. The letters give me strength, they make me smile.  Here are a few…

Dear Ms. Patriticia Rielly Giff:

…I want to tell you about my self. I love ice cream vanilla to be egsakte. I am trying to find all of your fine work of books.

…How many people have died in your family since   you were born? You do not have to talk about it if you do not want to.

                             Sincerly, E.

     Dear Patricia Reilly Giff:

          I like your book Dance with Rosie. I am similar like Rosie because I like to dance.

          I am a big fane of your work.

           Your lovely friend, M.


     Dear Mrs. Giff:

          I liked the Candy Corn Contest. I would like to

     read a nother book bye you. How old are you?

                              Senserlee, M.


     Am I not blessed? And isn’t the spelling wonderful!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Patti permalink
    January 23, 2011

    I love this, Mimi! These letters are so cute! My favorite was the one where they asked how old are you, and how many people have died in your family.

  2. Abby Schoepke permalink
    February 15, 2011

    Dear Mrs. Giff,
    My name is Abby and for my youth book club we read the book Storyteller. The day I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I felt like I was right there with Zee and Elizabeth. Thank you for letting me enjoy the emotions of Zee and Elizabeth. You are a great book writer and I loved Storyteller.

  3. March 6, 2011

    Thank you so much for Patricia for your great advice for the children thank you again.

  4. March 6, 2011

    New discoveries abound in the world of literature for children! This year, my at risk readers enjoyed historical genre through the eyes of a child in Lily’s Crossing and Willow Run. Reaching these students, using fiction as an account of history was exciting for them and they enjoyed each book with great interest.

    I also found them interesting, especially Willow Run. It did not even occur to me that this was written about a place less than 1 mile from where I grew up. However, it is also an area where my parents and older siblings began their lives as residents of Michigan. So this afternoon, after a family celebration for my Mom’s 85th birthday, we headed to find the ’spot’ where history is now just a memory…looking forward to meeting my students this week to share the research I did today and discovering history that was right at my backyard!

    Keep the joy of history rolling through your wonderful story telling!


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