* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room…
Today’s great book: Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James (1991, McElderry Books)
The Author’s GREAT! Website: http://www.simonjamesbooks.com/about-simon-james/
Teacher Resource: science, biology, ocean life, sea animals, letter-writing; and click here for a lesson plan idea http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3113
Time to Read: short and sweet; bedtime or anytime.
Summary: from Scholastic.com…“Dear Mr. Blueberry, I love whales very much and I think I saw one in my pond today. Please send me some information on whales.” It’s vacation time, so Emily has to write to her teacher to help when she discovers a blue whale living in her pond. Mr. Blueberry answers that she must be mistaken, because whales live in the ocean, not in ponds. Throughout the summer, Emily and Mr. Blueberry exchange letters, until Emily has a happy surprise to share with her teacher. In the process, Emily learns a lot about whales. And Mr. Blueberry leans even more about imagination, faith, and love.
Best Quote from the Book: “Dear Emily, I must point out to you quite forcibly now that in no way could a whale live in your pond.”
Our View: This was among the first books I bought for my “someday classroom” because a college professor suggested it in a science and social studies course in early childhood education that I was taking in the late 1990’s. Our oldest daughter loved it because she shares her name with the main character in this story, and whales were so fantastic and imaginatively large in her mind as a little girl that the book quickly became one of our nightly reading rituals. She loved the teacher’s name, Mr. Blueberry, and would often comment on it as we read through the story. She also enjoyed the style of the book with its letters back and forth among the child and the scientist. A great book that brings back so many fond memories of dad and daughter reading time.