In 2007 my dear friend, Jamie Martin, came to visit. I lived in Battle Creek, Michigan, at the time, and the two of us spent an afternoon wandering the antique shops of nearby Marshall. Jamie found a beat-up copy of The American Educational Reader, Number 5, and she encouraged me to get it for this little pioneer book I was working on.
This book ended up playing a key part in what became May B.
One lesson in particular, a poem called The Voice of the Wind, is featured in several scenes.
It was easy for me to imagine May working through lessons in this book. Having my own copy helped me to see her as more than a character. She became real to me.
A copy of May’s reader is available through Google books. Have a look!
May B. T-shirt (from ooShirts.com)
one pack of 2k11/Elevensie bookmarks
To enter, comment below about a lesson you remember from your school days. The winner (randomly selected) will be announced Monday, 1/23.
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Van Lente Family says
I do not remember. Any specific lessons but I do remember reading all sorts of books and my fifth grade teacher teaching us what penmanship meant. 🙂
I remember looking at my first “real” textbook in first grade (a spelling book) and being excited to start writing down our first spelling list. Seems really funny now that I think about it!
In first grade, I got an A on a paper, but I wanted a B like my best friend got.
I remember being in my own world during a special event during library in 5th or 6th grade. I remembered something that I wanted to ask a friend and walked over to ask her during the middle of the librarian’s instructions.
I got kicked out of the Gifted and Talented Program for that.
Catherine Denton says
I remember learning that “should, could and would” all had L’s in them. My teacher made me stand in front of the class and respell them after I’d missed them on a paper. I’ve never misspelled them since.
Amy L. Sonnichsen says
“I before E, except after C.” 🙂
Love the idea of a t-shirt. How rad! I’m not sure if that’s quite my color, but I’m entering anyway! LOL!
Sharon K. Mayhew says
One of the lessons I learned in school was that the library is the best place on campus!
Congratulations (sorry they are late) on the publication of your book. 🙂
Mark Smith says
Many lessons come to mind, but one stands out from science in 4th grade about volume and liquids. Mr. Graf asked us to predict which of two glass jars would hold more water. Most of us predicted the taller cylindrical beaker over the shorter, triangle-looking Erlenmeyer flask (yes, I had to go look that up). Much to our surprise, as so many mL of water were poured from the beaker into the flask, it didn’t overflow. They held the same volume!
Tina Anthony says
I rememeber having to read readers digest condensed books for homereading reports! ~.~ That was tiring but that’s how I met “The Wedding” by Nicholas Sparks:) I couldn’t stop reading books by him since then:) BTW thanks for the giveaway:) I would love to get these bookmarks or even just one of them:D
Jennie Thompson says
I remember these boxes of lesson cards that we turned to when we were done with our work early. Kept us out of our teacher’s hair! I often wish I had some of those boxes when my homeschooled kids are done early!
Congratulations on the book! It looks fantastic. My fourth grader can’t wait to get his hands on it.