Here’s the deal, folks. If you have not read Our Only May Amelia, please stop reading this post. I mean it. YOU MUST STOP NOW. My request may limit the audience of this post, but I don’t want to ruin one of the greatest books some people have never read.
Hello, people that have read Our Only May Amelia.
Today, a girl came bounding up to me during independent reading with the most excited look on her face. She couldn’t wait to tell me that May had just had a baby sister.
Seriously, if you have not read May Amelia please stop.
My student was so excited that May Amelia finally had a sister to go with her 7 brothers. She went on and on about how excited she was for May. I had never seen her so happy for a character.
Have you ever wished that your students would read a certain part of a book in class? I knew what was coming in May Amelia, and I wanted to experience it with my student. My heart wanted to be their for her when she got to, what I think is the most heart breaking moment in children’s literature. I knew that she was going to have to experience the death of May’s sister at home, and once again May Amelia brought me to tears. Thinking about my little reader: sitting at home, all alone, crying her eyes out, broke my heart.
All evening I’ve thought about the books we’ve read to prepare her this moment. Ralph Fletcher’s Fig Pudding has prepared her to read about the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one. I hope that reading about Mattie from Hound Dog True has helped her connect with May Amelia like our class has connected with Mattie.
As much as I’m worried about my reader, a part of of me is crazy excited to chat with her about her reading in the morning. We have lots to talk about, and I can’t wait!