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August 24, 2019

Dearest Elena..

Today’s holiday is Labor Day and our book is Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. Labor Day celebrates the hard work that people do in the workforce. You see, people need to work to make a living to live the life they desire. In exchange for working, they make money. This allows them to buy things they need, like clothes, food and shelter. 

In our story, the cows on a farm have a typewriter and they write to Farmer Brown, their...

June 30, 2019

Okay Elena, we have come full circle and are back to the first holiday that our Conversations celebrated - the 4th of July or Independence Day. So, today’s book is The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh. I love it because it gives the reason why we celebrate this holiday. It talks about the oriiginal thirteen colonies that belonged to England. After many years, the people in these colonies decided they didn’t want to belong to England anymore or to the En...

June 18, 2019

Dearest Elena,

Today we are going to talk about another holiday that celebrates the special relationship between child and parent, Father’s Day! Our book is Berenstain Bears: We Love our Dad! by Stan & Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain. 

Brother, Sister and Honey are excited to give their Dad a gift for Father’s Day. Honey says, “Daddy always has a lot of work around the house, what if we do his work for him and let him relax instead?” Brother and Sist...

May 9, 2019

Dearest Elena,

Today’s talk is about the book, SOMEDAY by Alison McGhee which celebrates one of the most important holidays for you and me, Mother’s Day! It celebrates our relationship, that of mother and daughter. This book is all about a baby that grows up and becomes a woman and what this is like for her mother, as she watches her. It begins with her mother counting her baby’s fingers and then kissing each one. Slowly this little baby becomes a child who...

April 16, 2019

Dear Elena,

The month of April has a very important holiday for the Jewish people, called Passover. On Passover we eat a special food called matzo. LET MY PEOPLE GO by Tilda Balsley, tells the story of why we eat matzo and much, much more. The story begins when Moses sees a burning bush and God appears, and tells him he must free the Jewish people who are enslaved in Egypt. Slaves are people who are held against their will and must spend their lives working...

April 15, 2019

Dear Elena… April is a fun month because it is the month of Easter! Easter is the celebration of when Jesus Christ, the most important person in the Christian faith, rose from the dead. Today we celebrate this momentous day with Easter egg hunts because eggs are a symbol of life. Bunny rabbits are also a symbol of Easter and that is why Mommy has chosen one of her most favorite books to share with you. It is THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams

As you kn...

February 8, 2019

Dearest Elena,

I’m so excited to tell you about this month’s book, The Little Prince, in honor of Valentine’s Day which always falls on February 14th. It’s a day that celebrates LOVE. In fact, your grandparents, Papa and Coco, were married on Valentine’s Day. The Little Prince gets to the essence of love.

The story begins when a pilot crashes in the desert and happens upon the little prince who asks the pilot to make him a drawing of a sheep. You see, sheep c...

January 16, 2019

Dearest Elena,  

Today’s book is The Wonderful Things You Will Be, a special gift to you from your cousins Johnny, Adrianne and Auden.  It is very special because this book talks directly about what makes you wonderful.  Now, there are several ways to interpret the things you will be, but there are two that are most important.  Firstly, it talks about who you will be as a person - your nature and character. Secondly, it’s about what you will be,  the career...

December 17, 2018

Dearest Elena… today’s book is very important because it’s about some of the most popular holidays of the year – Christmas and Hanukkah. Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein is about a young Jewish girl who really wants to celebrate Christmas, a holiday celebrated throughout the world. People decorate their homes with colorful lights and decorations. Then, the night before Christmas, children put cookies out for a man named Santa Claus who rides a sleigh dri...

November 19, 2018

Dear Elena, today’s story is called Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell. It’s about the holiday of Thanksgiving that is celebrated everywhere in America. It always falls on the 4th Thursday of November. It’s very special because it gives us a chance to focus upon our blessings.

In this book the teacher, Mrs. Madoff, tells the story of Thanksgiving to the children and they act it out in a play. She tells how the Pilgrims leave England and travel the long and ha...

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