Summer Family Reading


Longmeadow Elementary Schools…ONE BOOK , ONE COMMUNITY

Dear Families,

Through the generosity of our PTO, we are once again excited to offer One Book, One Community Family Read this Summer!  From the onset, our goal in this activity has been families reading together.  Once again, we are asking your help in achieving this goal.

Finding the perfect book that will appeal to all of our students, kindergarten through fifth grade, is a huge task. We realize our selection of Tony DiTerlizzi’s book Kenny & the Dragon may be a stretch for some of our younger readers.  So we are reaching out to you as parents, to find a few minutes each day, to sit with your child and share this terrific book.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Author Emilie Buchwald

Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi is a charming tribute to Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic The Reluctant Dragon, which most people are familiar with through the Disney short film adaptation. In this beautifully illustrated volume, DiTerlizzi tells the story of a small, bookish rabbit named Kenny who learns that a dragon has been spotted on his family farm. Armed with a bestiary, he goes to investigate, and instead of a fearsome fire-spouting dragon, he finds Grahame, a dragon much more interested in poetry, crème brulee, and rearranging the rocks around his cave than in anything as savage as fighting. Kenny and Grahame become fast friends, but trouble rears its head when the villagers find out about the dragon and demand his extermination. (Fantasy Literature)

A bestselling retelling of Kenneth Grahame’s short story, “The Reluctant Dragon” marked Tony’s first solo venture as a middle-grade novelist.

Why retell a classic? Clearly, I am no Kenneth Grahame, but I adored this story so much when I was a kid that I wanted a new generation to enjoy this wonderful tale. -Tony DiTerlizzi

Local Author/Educator Jim Trelease states reading aloud to your child –- no matter what their age — is the magic bullet for creating a lifelong reader.  We hope as a family you find Kenny and Grahame’s adventure together an enjoyable read aloud.

         ★★★Author Tony DiTerlizzi will be visiting the 3 elementary schools on September 11, 2014★★★

Please pick up a copy of the book at Central Office or at Center School if your family did not receive it at the end of the school year.