The message in Say Hello, which is written by Jack and Michael Foreman, is so simple. The message to young readers is that you should reach out to a person, who looks lonely or excluded, and extend a welcome by saying hello. Everyone needs and is deserving of friends and this book reminds us of that.
In terms of writing, this book can be used to help children understand how to convey a message or a theme within their writing. There isn’t a lot of text in this story, but what’s written is powerful. Therefore, it can serve as an exquisite mentor text for children who are writing about bullying and need help getting their point or big idea across to their reader.
On this Thanksgiving Day, if you find yourself at the dinner table across from someone who you don’t know, do lift the message from this book and strike up a conversation. You never know when an incredible friendship can develop as a result of just saying hello.
- Thanks to Candlewick Press for agreeing to sponsor a giveaway of Say Hello.
- To win a copy of the book please leave a comment about this post, in the comments section of this post by Thursday, December 2nd by 11:59 p.m. EST A random drawing will take place on Friday, December 3rd and the winner’s name will be announced in a blog post later that day.
- Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment (Your e-mail address will not be published online.) so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address. Once I receive your mailing address, I’ll pass it along to my contact in the marketing department at Candlewick Press who will ship a copy of the book out to the winner.
Finally, if you have a new student in your class, and would like suggestions about welcoming him/her, then check out an article written by third grade teacher, Tracy Mercier, who wrote “Welcoming Hannah: The Power of Classroom Routines” for the most recent Responsive Classroom Newsletter. Her article is about welcoming transfer students once the school year is underway.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.