Thursday, August 12, 2010

Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles

Title: Love, Ruby Lavender
Author: Deborah Wiles
Publisher / Date: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2005
Genre: Fiction, chapter book
Themes: letter writing, humor, the South
Summary: Ruby Lavender is 9 years old and misses her eccentric grandmother, who is spending the summer in Hawaii. The two write letters back and forth as Ruby tells her grandmother all about the latest with the chickens and her new friend. 
Curriculum Connections: Grades 3-5: letter writing; incorporating voice into writing; maps, literature circles (see link below for a reading guide from the author)
Note: This is also a story about loss and how people deal with it differently. Wiles writes about loss gently and appropriately for children. 

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