Stopped by Madison Elementary and helped Mr. Apodaca, school librarian, get ready for their celebration of Dr. Seuss/Read Across America. Some students (1st and 4th graders) came by and gave me some well considered book suggestions. A personal note - my granddaughter and I are partial to Horton Hears a Who. But I try to remain open to others' opinions.
Then on to San Rafael Elementary to read to Ms. Torres' dual immersion class (Eng/Span). I nervously practiced in Spanish as I waited my turn to read to the Kindergarteners. There are few things that strike as hard at the heart of this English dominant reader than reading in Spanish. I survived reading the book - the students were kind. I now know that the Cat in the Hat in Spanish is El Gato Ensombrerado.
Last stop, Don Benito where I read in Dr. Bautista's Special Ed Class. She introduced me to her class after we sang a song with sign. Then it was my turn to read Hop on Pop. By the middle of the book Dr. Seuss' words were bringing smiles to all of us around the circle.
Books and reading - what a notion. What a gift!
http://www.mrsjonesroom.com for the image of the hat. She has lots of great ideas and patterns like the one here.