By Betty Trummel
A couple of nights ago I finished writing the book I had started with the children at Shine Zambia Reading Academy. As I pressed “order” to send the book to Apple for printing, I felt that strong connection with my African friends once again. Smiling faces, fingers curled into small, pretend binoculars around their eyes, it took me back to June when I stood in their classrooms reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Using my photographs of African animals (and thanks to a good friend who had amazing lion photos), and the pattern of words in this book, a new book has been written. I can’t wait to get copies of the book, and send them to Shine. The teaching will have come full circle…reading and listening, brainstorming ideas, writing, publishing, and sharing.
It is my hope that students at Shine Zambia Reading Academy will be motivated by this book to write their own stories. Being a part of A to Z Literacy Movement has motivated me to keep writing down my stories and sharing them with students around the world. Everyone has stories to share. What’s your story?