His Fellow Aliens
June 18, 2008
The last day of school blew in cool and breezy this morning. Of late Junior has been somewhat wistful about the end of third grade. Last night he made some cards for a few teachers and brought out every single box of art supplies before deciding on his format: watercolor pencils and construction paper.
Junior's class spent the past month writing and illustrating their own picture books. The children worked really hard, revising many times in some cases. I was very impressed by all of the books; we parents heard a number of them read aloud by the authors in small groups recently. Junior's and several others' stories were about extra terrestrials.
Each book had a dedication page, and Junior's read: "To anybody who has crash-landed in a spacecraft."
That's my boy! Happy beginning of summer, everyone.
Lucas always puts dedication pages in his books, and they amuse me vastly.
Posted by: adrienne | June 18, 2008 at 08:35 PM
That dedication totally rocks.
Posted by: Kelly Fineman | June 18, 2008 at 09:00 PM
We are so far into summer that Junior just now getting out of school seems so strange. Happy Summer!
Posted by: Wisteria | June 19, 2008 at 09:23 AM
Adrienne, it was fascinating to hear the unexpected details in the books. One child's story, about bullies, included a bit about a playground aide at school who was too busy screaming at the kids to listen to the woes of one of the students. Hmmm.
Kelly F., thanks! I cracked up.
Wisteria, I know! Summer in Miss. really starts about Memorial Day, doesn't it? I can still remember those huge industrial fans whirring in May in my public school classroom.
Posted by: Susan T. | June 19, 2008 at 10:33 AM
Junior may have just made my summer. Here's to a happy start for you all, too.
Posted by: Chris Barton | June 22, 2008 at 08:34 AM
Thanks, Chris! Enjoy your summer, too.
Posted by: Susan T. | June 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM
Brilliant dedication! What a creative, funny kid...
Posted by: Jenny | June 23, 2008 at 06:37 AM
That's funny! My boy also made a picture book--his dedication was "To all my future teachers."
Posted by: Charlotte | June 23, 2008 at 06:24 PM
Jenny, thanks! Jr. worked so hard on his book, and read it complete with Martian voices, or "expression," as his teacher says.
That's a good one, too, Charlotte. What was your son's book about?
Posted by: Susan T. | June 23, 2008 at 09:44 PM
It was about a Dragon King who saved his city from a volcanic eruption. He read his with great expression too, completely unphased by dropping the book several times and ending up with the microphone cord tangled around his legs...
Posted by: Charlotte | June 24, 2008 at 10:00 AM