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.