Book Bears and Making Wishes

Today was the last library Book Bears meeting for the year.  It was also the last Read-Aloud meeting for the year.  Here’s what happened, or I should say, It happened like this…

Both books for the two groups were about wishes, which was coincidental.  Book Bears read Snow Day in May from the Wish Library series.

It was outstanding.  As soon as I arrived at the library my Book Bears couldn’t wait to tell me how much they loved this book.  Two children read it twice.  I did, too.

Our Read-Aloud book for the year was Wishtree.  The storyline is deeper, and today I read aloud the final 30 pages.

At one point I stood up and yelled as I read the wonderful words in the text, and yes I cried in front of the children.  They were silent, because they understood and felt the same way.  There was so much that happened in those final 30 pages.

I asked the children what their wishes were.  It was a perfect question after reading two books about wishes.  Here are their wishes:

I wish I could talk to animals, then life would be perfect.

I want to understand what the wind is saying.

I wish everybody would like me.

I wish I could talk to characters in the movies.

I wish I could go ‘snap’ and go someplace else and disappear into that world.

I wish animals would help me, like if I needed to get out of a dungeon.

I wish I could make flowers wherever I put my hand.

I wish I were a vet.

I wish I could shapeshift.

Thank goodness for wishes.
Thank goodness for books.
Thank goodness for reading aloud.


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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74 Responses to Book Bears and Making Wishes

  1. Darlene says:

    I love their wishes. And thank goodness for you!

  2. Ritu says:

    Fantastic, Jennie! Xx

  3. beetleypete says:

    It never gets old, hearing about each year of new kids discovering the joys of your teaching.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I love these wishes!

  5. I’ll bet those children will all be reading books on rainy days this summer! The following wish would make a perfect beginning for a poem: “I want to understand what the wind is saying.”

  6. Ren says:

    I wish I was a child in your class.

  7. This was soooo beautiful. Thank you Jennie.

  8. Prejila says:

    Nice to hear to hear


  9. Those very young children think very deeply about things. There wishes make you realize that. You open them up to it and give them the opportunity to express themselves.

  10. Don Ostertag says:

    Lump in my throat, Jennie. I wish all their wishes come true.

  11. Loved reading the wishes from your students, Jennie:)

  12. I wish every teacher could be more like you AND I wish I could talk to the animals! Oh such wishes!!

  13. Lovely wishes. Terrific books. Thanks, Jeanne.

  14. quiall says:

    Thank goodness for a teacher who encourages her children to dream…

  15. Wonderful, Jennie! Wishing you and all of the children a sensational summer filled with reading, dreaming, inspiring and being inspired.

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  17. beth says:

    I love their sweet wishes and so glad you gave them this priceless gift of reading out loud.

  18. CarolCooks2 says:

    Such a wonderful collection of wishes, Jennie 🙂 x

  19. petespringerauthor says:

    When a book moves us to tears, that says a lot about the power of the writing. Certain scenes got me every time (Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows immediately come to mind.) I think it’s healthy for kids to see us moved by books. I never felt ashamed or embarrassed when I cried when reading to them.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, it does! There’s something bonding and rather wonderful about crying in front of children. Interestingly, when it’s time for a Jennie Story at school, they will often pick one where I was scared so they can rush over to me in the middle of the story. It felt the same way at Book Bears.

  20. Dan Antion says:

    Book let those wishes come true, at least for a while in our imagination. You had a great day, Jennie.

  21. joyroses13 says:

    What a sweet, magical post to read. I have always been an avid reader and now I want to read the Wishing Tree book! You are never too old for a children’s book. Precious about your students wishes. Glad I found your blog through Pete. I look forward to reading more.

  22. I so agree with many of the kids’ wishes!

    BTW, there’s a wonderful post over on Pete Springer’s blog about his visit with you. How fun that he interacted with your class!

  23. Ally Bean says:

    These are some wonderful wishes. I, also, wish “I could talk to characters in the movies.” There is so much they need to know!

  24. Kate Engstrom says:

    Elise here,! I just was reading it, and i love it!

  25. Those are great books, and wishes!

  26. OMG, those wishes were wonderful. Lol. I wish I could be a shapeshifter too! Thanks for the fun post and the giggles.

  27. I just came across this post! Thank you for sharing SNOW DAY IN MAY with the Book Bears. I’m so glad you all enjoyed it. I adore all their wishes!

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