Reading Aloud – To You! Part 5 (and a Bonus)

My reading aloud The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan continues with chapters eight and nine.  Chapter eight is 3:27 and chapter nine is 3:39.

Sylvan is stubborn about taking his medicine.  Flora wonders if Sylvan really left Teddy. She worries what will happen after the storm ends.

And, today was a bonus!  I went to hear Patricia MacLachlan, the author of The Poet’s Dog, speak at a bookstore.  Yes, this was the real deal!  She has written a new children’s book, The Hundred-Year Barn, which is absolutely wonderful.  If you love barns, history, and family stories, you will enjoy this book.  It feels like reading Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney.

I greeted her, and she was thrilled to know I was reading her book aloud on my blog.  It is a privilege to talk books with authors.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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38 Responses to Reading Aloud – To You! Part 5 (and a Bonus)

  1. So glad you got to meet Patricia! Her books are wonderful. Love the videos of you reading on the hearth, too.

  2. GP Cox says:

    What a wonderful combination… you get to meet the author and she gets to know how popular she is!

  3. beetleypete says:

    I enjoyed the two chapters, and the new book looks delightful too. The cover is gorgeous!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. quiall says:

    Sigh. So touching . . .

  5. The Hook says:

    Books… They’re the greatest.

  6. What a great opportunity, Jennie!

  7. My how serendipitous! The book, the author, the reading aloud…
    BTW: love your socks. Are they colorful caterpillars? Can’t quite tell.

  8. How great to talk with the author.

  9. Chapter 8 is particularly good. “Curmudgeon” is one of my favorite words, and the poem, “He, The Poet’s Dog” was delightful. What a thrill that you got to meet Patricia MacLachlan! Did she say what the inspiration was for The Poet’s Dog, by any chance?

  10. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is another wonderful post on reading aloud from the excellent teacher, Jennie!

  11. Two wonderful readings, Jennie. I can see your weather has changed.

  12. With you as an lecturer it would be a pleasure going back to university too, Jennie! Wonderful readings, and a lovely surprise meeting the author of the book. Michael

  13. There is nothing like meeting the author of one of your favorite books. Then you find out she has another wonderful book. I’m so happy that happened to you. I love this story.

    • Jennie says:

      You said it all, Marlene. That’s just how it was, on all counts. Who gets the opportunity to meet the author of a favorite book and find out she has another wonderful book? I am a lucky person. I feel blessed. Thank you!

  14. Norah says:

    How exciting to meet Patricia MacLachlan! I’m sure she was delighted to meet you too.

  15. Darlene says:

    Oh my! I could listen to you read all day. I just returned from a visit to Canada where I visited a number of schools, libraries bookstores and coffee shops and read from my latest book. I tried my best to read as well and in such a relaxing manner as you do. How wonderful to actually meet Patricia MacLachlan. 😍

    • Jennie says:

      That’s so nice, Darlene. Thank you! I think my reading voice is more animated, or less relaxed, when I read picture books in the classroom. Yes, it was wonderful to meet Patricia MacLauchlan.

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