Today in class we finished reading our read aloud, Nory Ryan’s Song. When I first started reading the book, my kids didn’t seem like they were really enjoying the story all that much. I even had a student come up to me and say, “This book is so not as good as Wonder.” Wonder was our first read aloud and my kids absolutely loved it.
As we got further into the book, though, they came around. They started to become invested in the characters and worried about what might happen to them. And today, as I finished the last page and closed the book dramatically, all I heard was…Awwww, no!!! It’s over!! What! Are you kidding me? Does Nory make it to Brooklyn? What about Patch!? And Anna? Arrghhhh!
Listening to their responses reminded me of this quote I read once that stuck with me:
“Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.”
It was true— finishing up our read aloud was sad, like we had lost a close friend that we’d gotten to know for some time now. Maybe it had taken them a little longer to get into the book, but they did, and now they were really upset that it was over.
And then after school I was in our library and I saw one of my students. I asked him what book he was getting and he said Maggie’s Door. He had to find out what happened to Nory and Sean and Patch and Maggie and what their life was like in Brooklyn. It was such a great way to end the day! J