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A LETTER TO AMY (PAPERBACK) 1998 PUFFIN (Picture Puffins) Paperback – August 1, 1998
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_A Letter To Amy_ is the story of Peter, who has an upcoming birthday. He wants to invite Amy with a letter, because she's a special friend. Peter is worried that the boys at his party won't like Amy because she's a girl. He writes a letter to Amy, and tries to mail it.
This book has the same illustration style as Whistle for Willie... very patchy, abstract, and easy to enjoy. The story is great. I know that older kids love Ezra Jack Keats' picture books-- and I'm telling you my 2 year old does, too!
He calls this book AMY BOOK, and we read it over and over again.
Every single child identified with the characters in this short, beautifully illustrated, story. We ended the session by writing our wishes on paper candles and gluing them to a foam board un-birthday cake. Then we each wrote a letter to ourselves, reminding us of our wishes - to help those wishes come true !
Two things bothered me about the book. The first was that he knocked Amy down, in the rain, and didn't help her up or even check on her. He was so worried about her seeing the letter that he just grabbed the letter and mailed it. She ran away, crying in the meantime. He didn't follow her to make sure she was okay, or to apologize. Both of our sons picked up on this and wondered why he did that. The second thing was that he was worried the boys he had invited would be mad he invited a girl to his party. While this may have been something to worry about when the book was written, I'm not sure it would be true today and I didn't want my kids to read about why a girl might not be welcome at a party. It was not necessary to the story and should have been left out. It's kind of a nitpicky point, I realize, but I don't want my kids to wonder about why girls might not be invited to a party, or why you would be made fun of for inviting a girl, or whether they should think the same way. Maybe today's reader wouldn't appreciate that part of the book, so I wanted to point it out for anyone it might bother. True, you can tell your kids why that might have been true a long time ago or may be true for other people today, but if your kids are really young (like mine are), you may not even want the idea in their heads yet.
Peter in this book wants to invite - gasp - a *girl* to his birthday party. Amy. But he can't just call her, he has to *mail* an invitation.
Naturally, she almost sees, and he sorta snaps at her. Luckily, Amy doesn't hold a grudge, everybody's happy at the end.
It seems like so little, but this sort of thing - a special occasion, a fight with a friend - is very big to children. This book really captures a typical reaction to these events.
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I used to use this book with my second graders to teach inference. You have to make an inference about the main character's feelings towards Amy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ena
Another great story about Peter. Another great story about Peter.Published 16 months ago by Sandralk
This book is delightful for young readers. It is also a wonderful way for young readers to see the development of a character.Published 17 months ago by Diane Harris
An art that has been lots today with cellphones and internet. It is Avery important lesson for children.Published 18 months ago by Regina Gates