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July 8, 2020

Dearest Elena,

This month we have a very special holiday, the 4th of July! Our book, WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN by Rana DiOno and Elad Yorn is important because it’s about the essence of being an American. Mommy chose this book because right now, more than ever, it is important to know why we’re so fortunate to live in America. 

In the beginning it asks, What does it mean to be American? Is it the things we do on July 4th like eating apple pie and seeing...

June 18, 2020

Dearest Elena,

This month we are celebrating one of the most important holidays of the year for our family, Father’s Day! So we have chosen a classic, HOP ON POP by Dr.Seuss. This is very fun to read aloud, but there is one part we’ll focus on. It says, “Sad Dad Bad Had. Dad is sad, very, very sad. He had a bad day. What a day Dad had. And this is true because, like everyone, sometimes Daddy has a bad day, but do you know what always brings a smile to his fa...

May 7, 2020

Dearest Elena,

This month we celebrate the most significant holiday for us, Mother’s Day! Finally I get share this book with you, something I have wanted to do for a very long time. It is God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren.

It begins with Little Fox asking Mama Fox, to tell him about the day he came home. 

“Oh yes.” Mama says with a smile. “That is my favorite story of all. When God found us you, it made me the happiest mother in the world.” She continues,...

April 30, 2020

Dearest Elena,

This month we have another holiday that is very important to Christians. It is called Easter. Our book is God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren. Papa Bear begins this beautiful book by telling Little Cub that Easter is even better then Christmas. Little Cub wonders how that could be? Papa Bear explains that Christmas is Jesus’s birthday, but Easter is when Jesus came back to life and lived on forever. 

Papa Bear explains that life is a little...

April 22, 2020

Dearest Elena,

This month’s holiday is Passover and our book is Sammy Spider’s First Haggadah by Sylvia A. Rouss. A Haggadah lays out the miraculous story of the Jews freedom from slavery by the hero, Moses. This is the story of Passover, a story that is repeated every year by Jews all over the world.

The Jewish people used to be slaves to the Egyptians and their leader, Pharaoh. He felt threatened by these people. He forced them to build cities and palaces f...

February 11, 2020

Dear Elena...

This month we are celebrating Valentine’s Day that is dedicated to love. Our book is “Roses are Pink Your Feet Really Stink” by Diane de Groat. 

In this book Gilbert is supposed to make valentines for everybody in class. Gilbert likes Patti the best and makes her card first. When he gets to Lewis he remembers how Lewis tweaks his nose and it turns red. He also remembers when Margaret makes fun of his glasses. So Gilbert writes something not nice...

December 23, 2019

Dearest Elena, 

I am really excited to share this next holiday with you. It is one so many people look forward to all year. It is Christmas, December 25th. This is a very important day because it is the day that Jesus was born and Christians believe he is the Son of God. We celebrate by giving presents to those we love and appreciate, as a way of saying, “I love and am grateful for you.”

Our book for this holiday is The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by...

December 20, 2019

Dearest Elena,

Chanukah is all about miracles so I have chosen, A Great Miracle Happened There by Karla Kuskin. I love the way this story explains Chanukah through the eyes of a family. It begins with a description of a Menorah, the special candlelabra with nine places for candles. There is one special candle called the Shammas and it lights the other eight, one for each night. 

Then it discusses the history of this holiday. There was an evil king, Antiochus,...

November 24, 2019

Dearest Elena...

The holiday we’re celebrating this month is Thanksgiving. You’ll notice that Thanksgiving has the word thanks in it because this holiday is all about celebrating things we are thankful for. Winnie the Pooh’s Thanksgiving by Bruce Talkington is one of my all-time favorites. 

Our story begins as Pooh’s friends are looking for him. He requests that they gather together. “Why the meeting?” they ask. Pooh explains that today he suddenly became ver...

October 24, 2019

Dearest Elena… today’s book is It's the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Shulz. It is about one of Mommy’s favorite characters in all of animation, Charlie Brown. It begins with Lucy, one of Charlie Brown’s friends, telling him to kick a football that she will hold for him. Historically, however, when Charlie Brown tries to kick a football that Lucy holds, she takes it away from him and he lands flat on his back.

This time, Charlie Brown says he’s not going to fa...

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