I went shopping today and picked up a book that was very special to me; James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. I have a section of time each week to read a book to my junior students, and this is the first one I grabbed. There will be many, many more books. I can promise you that.
So, why is this book so special to me? It’s the very first play I remember seeing. Someone took me to see James and the Giant Peach in Hereford England. I can’t tell you what theater, or what year, or the company. I can tell you that the stage was a giant peach and it was the first time I saw a show done so well. The scene when they are stuck in the storm is seared into my brain. It’s crazy what you remember from childhood.
I thought I would bring it back full circle for nostalgia. I bought the book, read it to the children and maybe half were listening. I should have started it next week instead of the first day of school. Lessons learned.
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