Yesterday, to round off our letter-writing activity, we wrote two more letters.
One began with ‘Dear Reader’, and this is an activity I’ve done more times than I can count. I tweaked it slightly this time because of the idea of posting their letters to them. Instead of telling them that what they wrote would go into books in the library, I told them their letters would go in the mail to someone else in the room. They enjoyed it tremendously!
The second was a letter to a fictional character. I asked the children to choose any fictional character they love, and write a letter, sharing whatever they liked with that character. Among all the letters to Hermione Granger, Tom Gates, Silky (Faraway Tree) et al, here’s one letter I found:
I couldn’t stop chuckling at this! Of course, I’m thrilled that she chose to write to Chitra from my railway adventures, but more – I love that the most important thing she would like to share is about her pet cat Melody!
Chitra would love to read this, I think. I also find it interesting that Deven, the eldest of the four cousins in the series, is forgotten. Ah, the joys of being a writer and getting sneak peeks into readers’ minds!