When a child takes the time to write a letter to his former teacher,
that in itself is a wonderful thing.
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
these letters, written by former students, are treasures
They are, Beth. Like you, I have saved them all. ❤️
Lovely to hear about 💜
Thanks, Ritu. ❤️
It is so nice to see children still writing letters. How thoughtful. It must have made your heart sing!
May letter writing continue to thrive! It really did make my heart sing, Darlene.🙂
How touching! You are part of his good memories.
I am the lucky one!
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!
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.
Thanks so much, Pete. Best to you.
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.
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. 😍
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. 😀
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. 😀
It’s a good feeling when kids come back years after they’ve left your class, isn’t it?
It really is, Anneli! 😍
Thank you for sharing such a lovely event, Jennie.
Glad you enjoyed it, John.
You must feel on top of the world when you get one of those letters, Jennie.
Yes, indeed. And they’re always unexpected. Thank you, Dan.
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.
I think he has learned this. He trusted his teacher’s recommendation. It is true and too bad that readers don’t realize they don’t have to always like the subject matter, yet aren’t all readers drawn to books that have an appealing subject? It’s a challenge for readers and teachers alike.
In school we had to read all sorts of different categories of books each year to make sure we stretched beyond our first choice(fiction about four children on their own for instance!)
That is wonderful. I wish all school districts did that today.
I never know why schools abandon perfectly sensible and free assignments.
I echo your words!!
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.
Hear hear! I have saved everyone 🙂
Cards and letters from students are always things to cherish.
Yes, they are. 🙂
Wonderful, dear Jennie! ❤
Thank you Bette. 😍
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!
Thank you so much! The book has been popular since the 50’s.
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!
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! 😍
Letters from former students are the BEST!
Yes, they are!
So sweet. That must just fill your heart to the brim, Jennie. ❤
Definitely, Carol. Thank you! 😍
Honestly Diana, I promise I’m not ‘losing it’. Apologies. 🙁
Ha ha. I go by Carol too. 🙂
And I go by so many names. 😀
Jennie, this is delightful, and it is a teacher’s joy!
Thank you so much, Charles. It is joy! You must get many of these letters. Do you save them?
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Here is a wonderful blogpost from the extraordinary teacher, Jennie!
Thank you so much, Charles!
How lovely, Jennie:). You are an amazing teacher and I love the fact he doesn’t like chocolate!
Thanks so much, Sarah. I think Jackson’s not liking chocolate made the letter all the better!
This is so sweet (no pun intended)! Is this Jackson’s first book review?
Yes, his first written one to me. He has given me verbal reviews before, most recently “Bob”. A second grader is just beginning to write more than a few words or a sentence.
Hopefully, Jackson will continue to build those skills with more book reviews.
Yes! He should continue to build these skills.
This sounds like a lovely book, Jennie. How lovely to receive a letter like this, so uplifting and encouraging.
It was very uplifting and made my day, Robbie.
Love it, Jennie. And Jackson is a born diplomat!
Thank you, Mitch. Yes, I think he is!
What a sweet letter from a student who loves to read despite not liking chocolate!
It really is. Thank you!
Well deserved, Jennie! What a heart touching letter. Thank you for mentioning this book too. Michael
Thank you, Michael.
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Thank you, Sarah!
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How lovely. I like chocolate. I think I have dreamed of touching everything and turning it into chocolate.
Thank you, Lisa!