April 23, 2014

Congratulations, Letters to Literature Semi-Finalists!!!!

This year our entire class participated in Letters to Literature. Letters to Literature is an opportunity for students to write to their favorite author. This year, 1,040 entries were received in Oregon. There was one winner, one runner-up, 6 honorable mentions (third place) and 38 semi-finalists (fourth place). Sexton Mountain had one honorable mention and 8 semi-finalists. Congratulations to Rachael, Alayna and Emma from our class for making it to semi-finalists! And congratulations to all the other students at our school.

Our semi-finalists will receive a $10 bookstore gift card, an award certificate and an invitation to attend an award celebration at the State Library. Please enjoy the letters below.

Dear Laura Ingalls Wilder,
I’m a new person. If you walked up to me before I read your book and asked me something about the Prairie I probably wouldn’t care at all about the Prairie and what happened on the prairie. But that all changed because of your book. My mom one day came home from the library with this big book and I had no idea what book it was so I asked her what book it was. She said “ One of my friends suggested that our family should read  this book because its about a family that lived on the Prairie. It’s called Little House On The Prairie” My family read it and I actually loved it and I would carry that book everywhere I went.

When I got a little bit older and new how to read that was the only book I wanted to read.  I would come home  sit down and read at least 2 hours of that book a day.

Because of what happened in that book motivates me to look at some things differently. Now I imagine that some people didn’t have food back then and I have food so I would try to picture myself in their spot and really I start to feel really grateful for  all I have that those people probably didn’t have back then. And I used to not really care for Pioneers and now whenever I see a book on Pioneers of a Movie I think “Wow they are so courageous for all they have done”. Because of that I’m always on like a Pioneer kick. There is this one movie that is called 17 Miracles and It’s based on a true story about the Willie Hand-Cart company. Your book made me love all of these things including that movie. It’s really changed my life and how I look at Pioneers.
Thank You for everything that you have motivated me to do. I now know everything that I feel like I need to know, Not a hint of it is missing, All because of you.

Prairies are swaying of grass that blow in the wind, They die down then start back up, But your story carries on through generations, teaching the true meaning of life on the Prairie.

         “May your stories forever live on”

                     Sincerely, Rachael 

To: Rebecca Stead
When You Reach Me

This book was a game changer. It was not only adventurous, it inspired me. It changed my point of view on the world, and also the way I think.

You inspired me to look past what people actually say and apply common sense.  Marcus pointed out that when Mrs. Who said that they would be back in 5 minutes, she lied.  Otherwise, they would have seen themselves leave.  I just think that no one would understand the concept that Mrs. Who lied (or wasn't aware that she did), about them returning 5 minutes before, because I did not realize at first either.  This makes it even more amazing and interesting that he understood what was happening, because it is true. This helps me understand the meaning of what somebody says.  

You allowed me to see how important it is for a poor family to win even a small prize of $20,000.  They studied extremely hard to be able to answer the questions and win the game show. 

I learned that a slap in the face can cause a person so much guilt that they would risk their life to go back in time to repent for what they did.  In the book, Marcus goes back in time to repent for the time he punched Sal for no reason. There are many more reasons why it changed my perspectives on certain things in life, but these are the main ones.

Dear Woodrow Wilson Rawls:

 My name is Emma  Rose Klausenburger and I am 10 years old and I am in 5th grade. I have a little sister who is in third grade and is two years younger than me.
I have a dog myself, and her name is Kaley. She is very territorial,  and she growls at strangers sometimes. This is my connection about your book because Old Dan and Little Ann fight for Billy and Old Dan ends up dying. I never knew my dog might be able to protect me in fighting with a dangerous animal. Even though she is only a small Chihuahua-Rat Terrier mix, she can still be tough!

What I realized about myself is I am a little like Billy. I don’t make a big deal out of things. Like Billy, when an ax goes in to Rubin’s stomach, he does not let that affect him in getting mad more and bitter of the world. I am not a person who is like that.

This book was meaningful because it taught me about family and relationships with people who are important. In the end of the book, Billy reflects back on his childhood and living on the farm with is dogs. He did not remember how much money he had.   

Your book “Where The Red Fern Grows” influenced me because I learned to appreciate the value of family and  personal relationships.  It reminds me of the times when I go to Idaho to visit my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I only visit them once a year, but I look forward to the time spent with them and miss them greatly when we leave.  I also remember holidays with my dad’s parents in Seattle, camping with my aunt and uncle, and simply walking my dog, Kaley. In the end of the book Billy states, “I’d like to see the old home place, the barn and the rail fences.  I’d like to pause under the beautiful red oaks where my sisters and I played in our childhood.”


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