Notes from An Alien

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Summer of the Monkeys


Today’s re-blog goes back to last summer—for those freezing in the northern hemisphere…

A Teacher's Reflections

Every summer I get lost in books.  Sometimes there is one that sticks with me for a long time.  A very long time.  This summer I read Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls.  I can’t let go of the words, the feeling, the pictures in my head (just like I tell my preschoolers).

Whenever I read a new book, first I flip to the back cover to read about the author and the illustrator.  Wilson Rawls wrote a classic, Where the Red Fern Grows.  He grew up in the Midwest, and he did not have access to books until he was in high school.  I was stunned.  His writing is fluid.  His words are a quiver of arrows, shot to the heart.

Jay Berry Lee and his family move to Oklahoma at the end of the nineteenth century.  Life is good, full of hard work and the beauty of…

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4 responses to “Summer of the Monkeys

  1. Jennie January 7, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this story. Yes, perfect for a freezing day!

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