When Sydney’s mother asked me if she could get every child in the class a copy of Charlotte’s Web, I was speechless.
“Scholastic has the book for a dollar this month. It’s really not much”, she said.
Not much? Are you kidding? One dollar might not be much, but putting a book in the hands of each child, a book they adore, is priceless.
The books arrived. I was beside myself. I just sat and held all the books. It was a treasure. You see, I knew that giving each child the book would be far more than chapter reading. It would be ownership. Their very own copy. Not a book in the house or in the library, but their book.
Next, I distributed the books to children so that they could feel and turn the pages of their book. Of course, everyone wanted to find the pictures, which led to great conversations and memories of our chapter reading many months ago. We had to take a group photo!
Then, Sydney and I sat together to write a letter that would go inside of every book. Sydney signed it, of course.
In the words of E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” Thank you, Sydney.