Today, March 7, 2011 opened the week long Share a Story, Shape a Future event that brings together blogging librarians, parents, teachers, illustrators, authors, and other literacy passionistas to share ideas and celebrate everything reading has offer our kids.
Day 1: Power of a Book co-hosted by Donalyn Miller at Book Whisperer and Carol Rasco at Rasco from RIF
There were four questions proposed for today's Writing @ Reading activity. I chose to answer:
If you could spend the day with three of your favorite story characters who would they be? Would they like each other?
I had prepared a small picnic lunch. I thought Harold would really like that. The lunch was a little awkward but still nice. Harold didn't have much to say but enjoyed the pie. Mr. McGreely's mind was spinning with ideas for "puff-tail" proofing my garden as he munched on a banana. Robot Zot wasn't interested in eating and searched the yard for enemies.
Once we were finished with lunch, Harold helped me clean up. Mr. McGreely with Robot Zot as his escort gathered materials in my garage to modify the fence around my garden. Harold and I went back outside after a while, and I called everyone together to thank them for coming over. I asked them if they had any ideas for an activity we could all do together. Harold immediately smiled and pulled out his purple crayon and drew three bunnies. Mr. McGreely immediately became upset with the presence of "infuriating flop-ears." I was trying to tell him that Harold thought it would helpful to see if the bunnies would be able to get into the garden through the modifications he made to my fence. But, he carried on yelling, "They won't get into your vegetable garden. Not even once." With McGreely yelling my neighbor opened her door to investigate the commotion which allowed her dog to run out the door. The dog immediately spooked Robot Zot into battle mode. Harold felt horrible and tried to fix the problem by drawing a cage full of carrots to capture the bunnies. I thought it might work. But, Robot Zot started firing his ray gun wildly into the air to scare away my neighbor's dog while he escaped to his spaceship and blasted off. Mr. McGreely dusted himself off after emerging from behind bush that he had dove behind for protection. He thanked me for lunch but insisted that he should be going. As he walked up the driveway he reassured me that "Only Superbunny could get through that fence of yours now." I thanked him and waved goodbye.
I stood there next to Harold. I was afraid he was going to draw a bike and quickly leave. I said, "Harold, have you ever tried chalk?" He looked curious. We headed over to the driveway and started drawing. The afternoon turned out to be wonderful even after all the excitement. I got to hear Robot Zot's battle cry, Mr. McGreely fixed my fence, and I got to be a kid again drawing with Harold on the driveway.