Jackson’s Letter, and a Great Book

When a child takes the time to write a letter to his former teacher,
that in itself is a wonderful thing.

Dear, Jennie
I read the book the Chocolate Touch.
It was a really fun book even though I
Do Not Like Chocolate!!
Thank you for telling about the book.
From, Jackson Pugh

Thank you, Jackson, for reading the book.  Thank you for writing to tell me about it.  Do you remember chapter reading in the Aqua Room, and how much you loved Little House on the Prairie?  I do.  We laughed and cried together.

And now you are so grown up.  I’m glad you are reading.  I’m glad you wrote

me a letter.  Thank you!

The Chocolate Touch is a children’s book by Patrick Skene Catling, first published in the US in 1952. John Midas is delighted when, through a magical gift, everything his lips touch turns into chocolate. The story is patterned after the myth of King Midas, whose magic turned everything he touched into gold. Wikipedia


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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70 Responses to Jackson’s Letter, and a Great Book

  1. beth says:

    these letters, written by former students, are treasures

  2. Ritu says:

    Lovely to hear about 💜

  3. Darlene says:

    It is so nice to see children still writing letters. How thoughtful. It must have made your heart sing!

  4. quiall says:

    How touching! You are part of his good memories.

  5. srbottch says:

    Being remembered is a wonderful thing. It shows they love you. And, why not. I wish I had a teacher at early childhood who exposed me to all the books you mention in stories. Finally, I remember my kindergarten teacher not for the books she may have read, but rather for her name, Miss Fanny! ‘Nuf said!

  6. beetleypete says:

    Always lovely to see this, Jennie. You can be assured of just what an impact you have had on the kids in your care. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. That’s something to make your heart stand up and notice. A letter writing child is rare indeed. Now, that sounds like my kind of book. 😉 Have a wonderfilled week, Jennie.

    • Jennie says:

      It is a big wow something! Letter writing is becoming a lost art, making one from a child even more precious. Thank you, Marlene. Have a wonderful and wonderfilled (love that word!) week. 😍

  8. That was delightful and touching! How wonderful to receive that letter from a former student.

    Thanks for another book recommendation! My list is growing and growing of books I want to share with the Grandsons thanks to you. 😀

    • Jennie says:

      I was moved, Deborah! What a treasure. I’m so glad my book recommendations are adding to your list. Don’t forget that The Read Aloud Handbook devotes the entire second half of the book to book recommendations, and they’re fabulous. I’ve written often about this book. Skip the recent (eighth) edition, as it is by someone new and not as good as Jim Trelease. Of course I’ll keep writing about books on my blog. 😀

  9. It’s a good feeling when kids come back years after they’ve left your class, isn’t it?

  10. Thank you for sharing such a lovely event, Jennie.

  11. Dan Antion says:

    You must feel on top of the world when you get one of those letters, Jennie.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    And he has learned that he can enjoy a book even when he doesn’t like the subject matter–in this case chocolate. Too bad more readers don’t realize they don’t always have to like the subject to enjoy the book.

  13. petespringerauthor says:

    These are some of my favorite memories of teaching. I would advise any young teacher to keep these little keepsakes as proof that what you are doing is important and appreciated. Everyone has a bad day in this business sometimes, and that is the time to pull these treasures out to remind yourself what we do is vital with long-lasting effects.

  14. carhicks says:

    Cards and letters from students are always things to cherish.

  15. Wonderful, dear Jennie! ❤

  16. L. Marie says:

    What a great letter, Jennie! it shows what an impact you make on your students.

    I haven’t read that book, but I want to read it!

  17. Annika Perry says:

    Bless, this is precious, Jennie! ❤️What a beautiful and thoughtful gift and I love how the note mentions how much he enjoyed the book in spite of not liking chocolate. This post ties well with Jacqui Murray’s post about gifts for teachers … letters and notes are the best, bought gifts not so good!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Annika! I felt the same way as you, writing the letter and liking the book in spite of not liking chocolate is really wonderful. Jacqui is absolutely right, of course! 😍

  18. Letters from former students are the BEST!

  19. So sweet. That must just fill your heart to the brim, Jennie. ❤

  20. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is delightful, and it is a teacher’s joy!

  21. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is a wonderful blogpost from the extraordinary teacher, Jennie!

  22. sjhigbee says:

    How lovely, Jennie:). You are an amazing teacher and I love the fact he doesn’t like chocolate!

  23. This is so sweet (no pun intended)! Is this Jackson’s first book review?

  24. This sounds like a lovely book, Jennie. How lovely to receive a letter like this, so uplifting and encouraging.

  25. mitchteemley says:

    Love it, Jennie. And Jackson is a born diplomat!

  26. What a sweet letter from a student who loves to read despite not liking chocolate!

  27. Well deserved, Jennie! What a heart touching letter. Thank you for mentioning this book too. Michael

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  30. LisaDay says:

    How lovely. I like chocolate. I think I have dreamed of touching everything and turning it into chocolate.

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