“I was pleased that so many of you felt the beauty and goodness of the world. If we can feel that when we are young, then there is great hope for us when we grow older.” E.B. White in a letter to a sixth grade class
There is much to love in Melissa Sweet’s Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White. There are quotes, collages, snippets of letters, illustrations, and stories. Whether you’re flipping through for the first time, or going back for the tenth, you’re guaranteed to have something new catch your eye – a drawing of a spider, a swan pulling a shoelace, a letter, some elegant cursive writing describing a lake in Maine. What a life! What a storyteller!
I can’t wait to share this book. One of my teacher buddies, Mrs. P, reads Charlotte’s Web every year to her third grade class, and since I often come to visit during literature time in the afternoon, I’ve been there with her class more times than not as Wilbur is losing Charlotte. Knowing that it took E.B. White seventeen takes to get through his audiobook reading of Last Day in Charlotte’s Web without crying will make this year’s reading even more powerful to me. Every year, with every class, we listen, cheeks wet with tears, losing a dear friend in that moment. Does it matter that the author might have felt the same way? It does. Yes, it does.
Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet