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DEAR EARTH… from your awesome 5th Grade friends–> #blogtakeover!

December 14, 2020

Hi Blog Readers–Our teacher Mrs. Pete read us Erin Dealey’s new book, DEAR EARTH…From Your Friends in Room 5 (Harper Collins) and guess what?

5th Graders still like picture books!

Here are a few things we like about DEAR EARTH…From Your Friends in Room 5:

  • The pictures by Luisa Uribe and how much color there was. –Omar M.

  • It talked about Earth. –Mireyli M.G.
  • Earth and the kids (and the boy, Bernard) were writing letters to each other. –Alexis H., Madelyn B., Nevaeh H., and Kristy M.

  • The part where they made a veggie garden. –Anthony R.F.
  • The part where Room 5 planted a tree. –Shelly H.
  • How they reused stuff. –Dallis T.

  • People saving the earth. –Haley T.

It made us think about…

  • Taking better care of Earth. –Tyler K.
  • If we can be more eco-friendly, what would that change bout the earth?     –Omar M.
  • Keeping Earth clean. –Mireyli M.G.
  • Not wasting a lot of paper. –Anthony R.F.
  • Starting to create less trash–and compost.  –Shelly H.
  • That you should keep the earth clean and healthy. –Madelyn B.

It also made us think about talking to someone that lives far away from you.

It made us think we should start to save the earth.

It’s something we want to start doing.


We have questions for you, Erin Dealey:

Q 1. from Tyler K.: What’s the best thing that you could do for Earth?

Erin Dealey: As you saw in DEAR EARTH…, there are many ways we can help Earth all year long. So I think one of the best things we can do is make Earth Day every day. Earth Day is wonderful. But let’s move forward from helping EARTH and our environment on just that day. Why not make these eco-friendly habits part of our daily lives?

Q 2. from Alexis H.: Can you teach us about the four R’s and what we can do to help the earth?

Erin Dealey: If you check out the back matter of DEAR EARTH…, you’ll see my suggestions about the four R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew. I chose to add a4th R,  renew, because cleaning up bleaches and playgrounds–really, anywhere that we live–can help restore the extraordinary beauty of our world. And planting a tree not only adds to the beauty (and shade) but helps absorb fossil fuel gases and produce oxygen which refreshes  our air.

PS Your question prompted me to mask up, glove up, and clean up our road. Look at all the trash I found!

Q 3. from Omar M.: How do you come up with stories for a book? 

Erin Dealey: I find ideas everywhere. Sometimes a crazy What If? will pop into my head. Or a phrase that might make a fun title like GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX (My very first picture book–which I wrote in the pick-up line of YOUR school!) and PETER EASTER FROG, a board book which will be released this January 2021. The inspiration for DEAR EARTH… came from a holiday card of an angel holding Earth in her hands. My first draft was a conversation between the angel and Earth. Eventually, this became the letters between Room 5 and Earth.


Q 4. from Nayeli L.S.: Can read read more books….please? 

Erin Dealey: Oh my, YES. Absolutely, Nayeli! Read, read, read!

We zoomed with Erin Dealey and wrote poems about all kinds of things.

Here’s our poem for EARTH:

And here are some individual poems we wrote. Ms. Dealey says they are excellent examples of VOICE:  

Thinking is a gift. 
A gift that is beautiful. 
Beautiful and so very powerful. 
So very powerful it’s scary. 
Scary that,                                          
when converted into action, 
no logic can keep its hands bound.           
by Tyler K.
2020 was the worst year
everyone was in quarantine
I lost my brain cells on tik tok 
Cause i was bored 
I don’t know what to write
Class is so hard 
I need to finish my 50 assignment on google classroom half are missing 
by B.M.M.
Rudolf has a red nose.
Red noses are rare.
Rare like seeing a rocket ship.
Rocket ships are cool.
Cool like computers.
Computers are fun.
Fun like playing with my dog.
Dogs are cute.
Cute like koalas.
koalas are fluffy.
by Anthony R.F.
Tis the season
Seasons change
Change is good
Good is food
Food we need
Need is help
Help is kindness
Kindness we have
by  O.M.
Air lets us 
live. Live means
to be alive. 
Alive means awake.
Awake is when
you wake up.
Up is a
movie.  Movie is
Like a play.
Play is having
by N.L.S
This year is a dumpster fire.
Fire is hot.
Hot Unlike this year’s songs.
Songs are good. Good is great.
Great is better than good.
Good’s ok. Ok
Is alright. Alright
Is fine. Fine
Is mediocre. Mediocre
Is not this year.
This year is not good.
Good does not define this year.
This year is a dumpster fire.
by Tyler K.
Life is amazing 
Amazing is plants and animals
Animals are furry, and colorful
colorful is the pattern 
The pattern is the animal type
And the type is in the heart
Haley T.
The world is strange.
Strange that it’s just a tiny marble
Floating around in space.
Space is strange.
Strange that it’s endless.
Endless is the simple concept of time.
Time is a measuring device
Used in the world.
The world is strange.
by Tyler K.
Thank you for letting us
takeover your blog, Erin Dealey.
Thank you for teaching us: 
Erin Dealey: You  guys are amazing!  I LOVED what you wrote.
Keep writing. Keep using your voices. 
Thank you (and Mrs. Pete) for sharing your thoughts with us.
Happy safe Holiday to all. 
Next up on the blog: a sneak peek at Vivian Kirkfield’s latest nonfiction picture book,  FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES, (Illus. Gilbert Ford) which releases from HMH in January.
And did you see the recent interview with THE Sharon Creech?

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