Reading Aloud – To You! Part 6

My reading aloud The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan continues with chapters ten and eleven.  Chapter ten is 5:25 and chapter eleven is 3:49.

Everything is coming to a head.  The storm is over, and… well, you’ll see (and hear.)  Much happens with Teddy, Flora, Nickel, Sylvan, and Ellie.  Hang on, grab a tissue, and enjoy the story.

After these chapters, the next two will be the final ones, and the end of the book.  They are not-to-be-missed, and amongst the finest storytelling in literature.  What you hear today will set you up for the end of the book.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five 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 was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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46 Responses to Reading Aloud – To You! Part 6

  1. beetleypete says:

    It is very apparent that you are skilled and experienced at reading aloud, Jennie. I like to watch as your expressions change too. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      That’s so nice of you to say, Pete. Thank you. Of course the reader aloud (like me) doesn’t see him/herself that way. My husband is my greatest critic and editor. He tells it like it is, in a matter-of-fact way. No fluff. “The good, the bad, and the ugly.” I like that. Well, he was moved by hearing me read aloud, as in tears.

      Thank you for listening to the chapters, Pete. The next one is the final one, and the end of the book. It’s quite an ending to the story!

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    I have no idea how you got through that without crying, Jennie. I know I didn’t.

  3. Ritu says:

    Loving this! ❤ (You know I am! )

  4. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is wonderful!

  5. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is another post of reading aloud by that wonderful teacher, Jennie!

  6. I went back to listen and could not get the videos to play. I know it is me. Still Terrific.

  7. I am loving your readings, Jennie. I hope you are going to read us a Christmas Story. How about How the Grinch Stole Christmas? I love Dr Seuss.

  8. I love how you’re reading this for everyone. Kudos!

  9. I saw the tears coming at the end of the first part and your emotions hanging out all over the place in the second. I can see how much this story means to you. I think that’s why I don’t read aloud myself. You tell the story with such heart. I always have tissue ready so bring on the next part. It’s special you trust your husband to tell you the unvarnished truth.

    • Jennie says:

      I think it was good to show emotion, because, well.. how can I not in a story like this? I’m glad I didn’t fall apart. Not my nature. No promises on the final episode. 🙂 I’ll stay true to the story. Last weekend, when hubby videoed the chapters, we had out of town good friends visiting. They were quiet flies on the wall. Afterward, they wanted to hear the rest of the book (of course), so I had my chance to practice. Good thing! We all needed tissues. And, yes, my husband’s unvarnished truth is what I love.

  10. Norah says:

    I haven’t had a chance to listen to all your readings, Jennie, but I know they would be delightful. I very much enjoyed the book, which I read on your recommendation.

  11. You are wonderful in reading aloud, Jennie! Very enjoyable Thank you for the efforts. Michael

  12. I remember how much my special needs children loved to be read to. They could be having a real tantrum, but I would give them a nice cold drink of water or juice if we had any on hand, and then I would wash their little faces gently and sit them carefully on a comfy child sofa or chair and I would get a book and begin to read it to them. They would take a deep breath, sigh, and sink into that comfy spot and listen without another tear. Thank you for leading the tradition and making such a beautiful world for the children. They so need this today. Give them enough love and attention in the form of the things we do as teachers and aides, and they will grow up to be find citizens. Hugs and blessings and many thanks, Anne

    • Jennie says:

      I can picture you with your children at school, on the sofa, being calmed by you reading aloud. You are exactly right on what children need to grow up and become good people,and citizens. Thank you, Anne.

  13. I going for a tissue before I go on to chapter 10.
    Chapter 9 was tough!

  14. Darlene says:

    Wow! The raw emotion in those two chapters. So well read my friend.

  15. I was afraid of where Sylvan’s illness was heading.

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