Friday, April 17, 2009

Letters About Literature

Here's a shout-out to ElemenoB who entered the Letters About Literature contest and took third place out of 400 entries in her age category!

This is a contest where students write a letter to the author of a book which has touched their life in a personal way. She wrote to Alma Yates, the author of the novel Sammy's Song.

I would tell everyone to go find a copy of this book and read it but, unfortunately, it is no longer in print.

I love this book - and so do my girls.

It is the story of 10-year-old Marni who learns to deal with her handicapped cousin Sammy when he comes to live with their family. It delves into the uncomfortable feelings many people experience when they are around people with disabilities. As the story unfolds Marni learns to see things from Sammy's perspective. As she spends more time with him she realizes that there is someone unique hidden beneath his uncommon exterior.

I love that ElemenoB chose to write about how this book has influenced her way of thinking towards those who are different.

Congratulations, ElemenoB! Contest or not - you make me proud.

9 comments:

Anaise said...

Congratulations!

May I recommend a delightful teen read called STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli?

Cami said...

Way to go, ElemnoB! That's awesome! Can you be any more amazing?!? Love you, girlie!

cari said...

Good for beautiful ElemnoB! That's exciting!

Elemenob said...

Thanks Mom! (and everyone else!)

I'm just relieved that you didn't have a video clip of me singing like you said you did. :)

Gerb said...

Anaise- Stargirl is one of my ALL-TIME favorites! I even liked the sequel, "Love, Stargirl".

Cami- Agreed. She is one amazing girl, but I'm biased. It's nice to hear it from someone else. =0)

Cari- You know how great it feels when your kids enjoy doing things that you do (like, in my case, writing)? Yeah. I'm totally excited.

LmnoB- I'm saving the singing clip for blackmail when you're dating. Or sooner if necessary.

Amanda said...

I love "Sammy's Song"!!! It is a great book!

Allen said...

She wouldn't have mentioned the clip if she didn't want you to post it. Why wait?

Chelle! said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! ElemnoB is incredible!!!!

Michelle said...

Wow! What an accomplishment! Congratulations to a smart and beautiful girl!