May 2010: WOLF!

posted May 9, 2010, 2:35 PM by Holly Shipman
Dear Students and Teachers,


I am so excited about our Book of the Month this month. It is called Wolf! It is all about the amazing power of reading. (Surely you would understand how that would get me so excited!) It was written by Becky Bloom and illustrated by Pascal Biet – both of whom happen to live in France.

Now you already know how important I think reading is – obviously, as a principal, I believe it is one of the most important skills any person can achieve. In our book this month, a wolf learns the most important lesson of reading from a group of “educated” barnyard animals. Mr. Wolf expects the animals to be frightened of him and run away, however, due to their education and ability to read, they are not scared of him – because he is uneducated – and horror of horrors, he CAN’T read! You’ll just have to read on to find out what happens next. It has a great ending!

Someone once told me that education is a very powerful thing – and now, I have experienced that power first hand – for myself in my own education, for my own children through their education, and by working with you, the students of Lily B. Clayton. One of the reasons your education is so powerful is because no one can ever take it away from you once you possess it. Education gives you power – the power to learn and think for yourself. You don’t have to be afraid of things you don’t know about – just like the barnyard animals were not afraid of Mr. Wolf. What a powerful tool for all of your life! Wow!

I know that many of you right now in your classes, in the library, and in your homes are learning and practicing the art of reading and reading to learn. I am so glad to know that I work in a place that helps boys and girls to learn to read, and that they will always be able to take that skill with them wherever they may go in life. This knowledge makes my job such a pleasure every single day.

I hope you find this book as inspiring as I did. It kind of helped me remember how special Lily B. Clayton really is and the important work we do each day. Don’t forget how precious reading is to you now and will be forever in your lifetime. Please share with me your experiences learning to read and enjoying the practice of reading.

Keep Reading! Always!

Mrs. Hollinger
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