Living Simply: One Good Thinkg About America BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY #sorteo #freebook

One Good Thinkg About America BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY #sorteo #freebook

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Welcome to Day #5 of the One Good Thing About America Blog Tour!
To celebrate the release of One Good Thing About America by Ruth Freeman (3/14/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Ruth and 10 chances to win a copy of One Good Thing About America, as well as a chance to win a Skype visit with Ruth in the Grand Prize Giveaway!
Letter to Anaïsby Ruth Freeman
This is a letter I’ve written to Anaïs if she was going to be a new student at my school.
Dear Anaïs, I really hope you come to my school because I would love to meet you in real life! I have to tell you that we would love to have you here.  We would help you get used to our routine, we’ll help you with English and your other work, and we would like to meet your mother and Jean-Claude. Even though the school might look big, don’t be scared! The two women in the front office will probably be the first people you meet and they are SO nice! They will make sure you meet your teacher. And your classroom teacher will love you. I promise. Your teacher will show you your desk and where your locker is. She or he will give you paper and pencils and pretty much everything you’ll need. You’ll also meet your English Language Learning (ELL) teachers (like me!), and I absolutely promise you that we will love you, too! Sometimes, I will tell you that all of us, adults and students, forget and we speak too fast. But we really want and like to be asked for help, so please don’t be afraid. Raise your hand if you need something. Ask for help. Learn to say, “I don’t understand.” And a smile helps. Sometimes, we also forget that you have left another life behind you. You have family, friends, maybe pets, and many memories of your other home. We would love to hear about all of it if and when you want to tell us. Find a friend or two in your classroom, your teachers will help you with this, too. Ask them if you can go to recess and lunch with them. At recess there’s a lot of running around and games and playground equipment to play on. Some of the students play a game called Foursquare. I would suggest watching for a while before you try to play. I still don’t understand all the rules! If you need winter boots, jacket or snow pants we often have some we can give you. A few more things to know: Wear sneakers on gym day. Be sure your mother gets the important papers from school. Sit on the bus. No gum in school. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. Just stand, hold your hand on your heart, and mumble. Try to keep your desk organized, your locker, too. There’s plenty of time for fun and silliness but there’s also time to work. We really want to help you learn, but you’ll have to work too. Read, read, read. Be Brave. You are very, very welcome here. We can’t wait to meet you! Love, Ms. Freeman
    Stop by Books My Kids Read on Monday for the next stop on the tour!
    Blog Tour Schedule:
    April 10th – Geo LibrarianApril 11thLate Bloomer's Book BlogApril 12th Mrs. Mommy BookNerdApril 13thKristi's Book NookApril 14thLife Naturally April 17th – Books My Kids ReadApril 18th – Chat with VeraApril 19th Word SpelunkingApril 20th – Middle Grade MafiosoApril 21st – The Hiding Spot
    Follow Ruth: Website | Facebook Publisher: Holiday House
    ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA is a sweet, often funny middle-grade novel that explores differences and common ground across cultures. It's hard to start at a new school . . . especially if you're in a new country. Back home, Anaïs was the best English student in her class. Here in Crazy America she feels like she doesn't know English at all. Nothing makes sense (chicken FINGERS?), and the kids at school have some very strange ideas about Africa. Anaïs misses her family . . . so she writes lots of letters to Oma, her grandmother. She tells her she misses her and hopes the war is over soon. She tells her about Halloween, snow, mac 'n' cheese dinners, and princess sleepovers. She tells her about the weird things Crazy Americans do, and how she just might be turning into a Crazy American herself.
    About the Author: Ruth Freeman grew up in rural Pennsylvania but now lives in Maine where she teaches students who are English language learners, including many newly arrived immigrants. She is the author of several acclaimed nonfiction picture books. One Good Thing About America is her first novel..

    • One (1) winner will receive a signed copy of One Good Thing About America for their personal collection, as well as a 30 minute Skype visit with Ruth Freeman to the school of their choice and a signed copy for the school's library.
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    1. I just loved this book! I hope that lots of kids read it and try to get a better understanding.