One of my co-workers has been telling me for quite a while now that his grandmother was going to write a book about her childhood. This past week Mr. Z was able to bring his grandmother in to speak to his students, after they had the chance to read about growing up in the very town where my students are growing up.
Getting to see what life was like for this girl in the 1950s and 1960s, growing up in the same town my students call home fascinated them. When Blanford visited their class, the students had already written questions to ask and they were able to have a good conversation.
Me is a story that my students could relate to; they could appreciate friend problems that Blanford had, her asthma that caused her to miss school frequently, her father's illness, and her need to fit in with a much wealthier crowd.
Meeting and talking to an author is an exciting event for children and in Mr. Z's classroom they were able to have that experience. It was fun to be a part of it with them and see their enthusiasm for this book.