Dear Mr. DePaola...
December 2

Each month, the first grade English class excitedly awaits the announcement of the author of the month.  In November, we celebrated the books of author Tomie DePaola. 

With this author, however, we had the special treat of being able to communicate with Mr. DePaola since he is still living.  For that reason, and as part of our continuing unit on mail and letter-sending in social studies, the first grade wrote a letter to Mr. DePaola thanking him for the wonderful books that he has written to share with us. The first grade also included a request for Tomie DePaola to write more books for the world to enjoy.

Each student chose his or her favorite book and wrote a little personal note at the bottom of the letter.  When we completed our letter, we sent it to Mr. DePaola's home address in New York City.  We also included a picture of our class holding up his books.

We hope that we receive a letter back soon!