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Feb. 2, 2015

Hi Alvin-

Thanks for your letters.

I see that you recently read or are currently reading The Mark of Athena and that you believed it to be an Easy or Just Right level for you. I would like you tell me what you understood from the book.

February 2

Hello Miss Sellers

I think by the end
of the book pancake palace everybody in the town is gonna know that Elvis ruby is Elvis Ruby
Hope your having a great day. Also i can't wait for you to pick up on the silvewing series.
I have many predictions for what the class will think.

From your favorite student ALVIN

January 24,2016

Hello Miss Sellers

I have been having some very recent
perdictiona for pancake palace like,
Goverment Agents take Elvis away. Or
his dad beggs for him to come back for
the money. Or elvis will get in very big
trouble with the press. anyway those
are just some of my many predictions.

From Your friend, ALVIN

January 18, 2016

Hi there,

I wish I had more time to read at home, but it was funny over this weekend I found myself thinking about Hiding Out at Pancake Palace. I was thinking about what would happen next and I'm getting really excited to finish it! This is what happens when I get hooked into a book! I wasn't sure I loved this book at first. At first, I thought Cecilia seemed strange (alright, she IS strange) and I wasn't sure if I would like her as a character. I have found that if you don't like the characters in a book, it can make it very hard to want to keep reading the book.

This happened to me last year when I read aloud my class the MCBA, The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck. Did you read that one last year? The female main character of that book was Laurie, and she was quite unlikable! She was snobby, kind of nasty, and altogether kind of tough to tolerate. It took a little while but class and I really go into the story and soon I better "understood" why Laurie acted the way she did. We liked the book so much, we decided to immediately read the sequel,
The Magician's Bird. Reading that was easy because we already knew and understood the characters. Do you find that you like to read sequels or books in a series because she kind of already know a lot about the characters?

*Feel free to tell me about a character in the book that you just read/or are currently reading

Back to Cecilia- so at the beginning she seemed strange, but now I find myself feeling sorry for her. She is lonely and kind of an outcast. I'm sure it's not easy to be her- and it definitely feels like she really wishes she had friends. On page 125 it says, "It wasn't like Cecilia wanted to be friends with Natalie. All she wanted was to wave and have them wave back." It's such a simple thing- you don't realize how much it might mean to someone just to be friendly towards them.

What are your thoughts on our read aloud?

Your friend,
Mrs. P

I like how the writter makes you
feel terrible about Cecilla and how she has no friends. I also like how the author explains how it's going to happen.
what did you do over the break? I had a great Christmas! I wonder what did did you have any Giggles ,Cry's?

I found myself thinking about our new read aloud during this break. I always get excited when I'm reading a new book out loud to my students that I also haven't read
Several of you were talking to me about your book talks before we left for vacation. I know specifically . Think about what the author is trying to teach you, the reader, through the story; what big life lesson do they want you to know. One of the themes in Silverwing is teamwork, or believing in yourself.

What do we think might be the message in Hiding Out at Pa you cake Palace? Let's think about what we know so far. Elvis is cutting off and coloring his hair- something he is famous for and he has to hide away from the world because of this embarrassing thing. I wonder if the message might be something about "being true to oneself" like don't be pretend to be something else, be who you want to be. I'm also wondering if Elvis really wants to be this famous star- or is this something his dad really wants? Again, since I'm reading this with you guys I'm just guessing (speculating)

I don't think we know as much about Cecilia yet- but I predict she and Evis (Aaron) are going to help each other in some way. She wants to find out if the trees sing- he likes to sing.

Guess we will read more and find out!

Your friend,
Mrs. P

PS- I put two Sci Fi books in your suggested log. I will tell you more about them later!

December 10, 2015
Hi Mrs. P-
Thanks so much miss.p for listening! I'm might try that book i mean that series. I really enjoy SCIFI books it's jut something that i love especially
when there is a ton of mystery like "Were am i" "What happened" "What's going on?" If u have anybooks like that pls reply. I enjoy books with pages
1-400 not a rush or anything like it might seem.

For my book talk I am doing Kill Order which is the prequel to the book Mazerunner. I know the genre of this book is sci fi because there is no possible way that people could build a maze that big and the sun would never hit flares. It gives you hints that this is the future.

Bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Miss.P Have a good evening!

Your friend,

December 6, 2015
Dear Alivin=

As Christmas approaches, I often like to reread some favorite holiday themed books from my own childhood. When I was your age and a little younger, I loved to read The Little House on the Prairie series. These wonderful stories are from the childhood of the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, as she grew up in the late 1800s in places like Wisconsin, Kansas, and eventually the Dakota Territory (today South Dakota). This time of year can be so busy and crazy and I always enjoy seeing how simple this pioneer family made their holidays. Sometimes we get so caught up in "buy, buy, buy" or " I want" that I really like reading these descriptions of the simple food and presents that they had and the happy holiday they created as a result. Here is a quote from fifth book in the series called,
By the Shores of Silver Lake. Chapter 19 "Christmas Eve"-

"It had snowed all day and soft, large flakes were still falling. The winds were quiet so that snow lay deep on the ground, and Pa took the shovel with him when he went do the evening chores.
"Well, it's a white Christmas," he said
"Yes, and we're all here and all well, so it's a merry one," said Ma
The surveyors' house was full of secret. Mary had knitted new, warm socks for Pa's Christmas present. Laura had made him a necktie from a piece of silk that she found in Ma's scrap bag. Together in the attic, she and Carrie had made an apron for Ma from on of the calico curtains that had hung in the shanty. In the scrap bag they found a piece of fine, white muslin; Laura had cut a small square from it, and secretly Mary had hemmed the square with her fine stitches and made a handkerchief for Ma. They put it in the apron pocket. Then they wrapped the apron in tissue paper and hidden it under the quilt blocks in Mary's box."

Descriptions like these really help me imagine what it would have been like to make gifts like Laura and her sisters did. Life was very different then. *But when you read the descriptions of the family making and eating their meals and celebrating, it makes you as teh reader feel like maybe life isn't that different after all.

When I want to read these books, I usually pull out my little paperback set of all the books that I bought in book order when I was a student teacher. I was recently excited to discover A Little House Christmas Treasury: Festive Holiday Stories was published. This is one book that contains all of the holiday stories from the author's different books. Perfect!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

Your friend,
Mrs. P

PS- I'll talk to you more about your dislike for Greek Mythology later ;P

Hey Miss.P Sorry i don't do Greek Mythology i just feel that when u get into those books there just because there so boring sometimes and it angers me when a book is so good then the author just ruins it
November 27, 2015
Hi Alvin-

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I have not had as much time as I would like to read, but I am trying to read the newest series by Rick Riordan. This series focuses on a character named Magnus Chase and the title of the first book is The Sword of Summer. I loved his other series- Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus as I LOVE greek mythology. I'm excited about this new series as it focuses on Norse, Viking, mythology. I'm kind of jealous of the author- I wish I had thought to invent these cool series!

Dear Mrs P ,
I am currently reading nothing Would you Pls
Talk to me about some good books that i will stick 2 Please?
Oh and also Love Social Studies so far continue Teaching that
From Your Friend Alvin

Dear Mrs.P,
I am currently reading DeathCure I've been reading it for quite some time.
The Author got me interested When he Made Newt die out of no were D: it
was rather surprising id thought he'd live a lot longer then I expected. I was fascinated when0
Rat man aka A worker Lied To them again as usually James Dashing Gives a
Unexpected twist he always gets u Ready for something Then balm He kills
Off another Important teammate well that's it for today Ummmmmmm.....
-Hey MRS.P Im back with another book review now this book has
tons of action/romance the story is called Insurgent i also watched the movie the book publisher i do not know.
They also have some what a clue of whats gonna happen next like at one point they fell out of a building D: sad but no one dies
Thank God! Have a awesome weekend Hope you do lots of stuff! :) also PLEASE COME TO BORDERLAND WE NEED YOU!!!!!

October 3, 2015

Hi Alvin-
I can't believe that you think Shade's father is going to be eaten by Goth! Wouldn't that be awful! I know that you are enjoying Silverwing- is this the kind of book that you would choose to read on your own? I'm wondering if animal adventure might be a good one to recommend to you.

I'm so excited that you checked out People of Sparks. It is an excellent sequel to City of Ember. I don't want to give too much away but one of the parts that I found most interesting about the book was the differences between the two cites of Ember and Sparks. Even though life had become tough in Ember they still had things like elecricity and medicine (because it had been provided for them by the founders of the city). Sparks on the other hand lacks many things including electricity. The boy that you meet at the very beginning of the book, Torren, is not very nice. I'll be interested to see what you think of him.

Talk you soon,
Mrs. P

Dear Mrs. Palmeri ,

I love silver wing so far.I predict that Shade's dad is gonna get eaten by Goth D:.
I also predict that shades gonna find his mom... And shes gonna be happy/sad.
If i was shade i would Take war against the pigeons. Even tho i probably would not win
Talk to You later

Sincerely, Alvin Day............................................................................................................................

September 10, 2015
Dear Alvin,

I am so excited to be sharing Silverwing with you this year as a read aloud. This is definitely one of my all time favorite books, which is probably why I can’t imagine starting a school year without sharing it with my class. *The genre of this book is definitely fantasy since I don’t believe that bats and owls have wars or detailed adventures together. I also consider this to be a genre of my own invention- called Animal Adventure. I love the character Shade; he’s one of my all time favorites. *If I could talk to Shade, I would ask him if he thinks it was worth it to break the law and see the sun, especially after what happens to his colony as a result. What do you think of Silverwing so far?

Your friend in reading,

Mrs. Palmieri J