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1,024 miles away and still able to connect.  Today I found myself in Louisiana in one of the most respectful classrooms.  Mrs. Thompson’s class was so sweet and used words like, “Yes, ma’am.”

One of my favorite things about reading to classes is that sometimes I get to read books that I have never read before.  The book today was The BFG, by Roald Dahl.  I have read many books by Roald Dahl like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, and The Magic Finger.  However, I had never actually read The BFG.

I began reading the book and was magically transported to a land where giants eat children.  Don’t be afraid, the main character was a Big Friendly Giant who wishes no harm on children.  Hence the name of the book, The BFG.  The chapter that I read to the children was the Fleshlumpeater.  The BFG collected dreams, but he only like to put good dreams into children’s sleep.  He put the nightmares into the Giants.  In the chapter about the Fleshlumpeater we got to see that the giants were afraid of a little boy named Jack.

The student’s in Mrs. Thompson’s class agreed with me, that this might be the same Jack from Jack and the beanstalk.  I think that it is kind of funny that these giants are afraid of a fairy tale that is not real.  I also think that Sophie, the main “human bean” character, finds it funny as well.  However, she does not explain it to the BFG.

Roald Dahl’s writing is so perfect for read alouds.  The voice that is present in his writings is very powerful.  I was so glad to have had the opportunity to read it for an audience.

I was introduced to Mrs. Thompson’s class by another fantastic educator, Mr. Snyder.  Mrs. Thompson and Mr. Snyder have been reading buddy classes.  They are both reading the same book as a read aloud to their class.  Mr. Snyder’s class is in Pennsylvania and getting a lot of snow recently.  We were going to try to Skype his class, Mrs. Thompson’s class, and I together, but the weather didn’t cooperate with our plan.  Hopefully, we will be able to connect all of us together.  You will have to keep reading to see if we can connect Wisconsin, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and the BFG all at once.  Will the weather cooperate?  There is only one way to find out!  Stay tuned!

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