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Grade 5 Summer Reading Letter

June 25, 2020

Dear incoming Grade 5 families,

I look forward to next year’s Grade 5 Language Arts class after a nice, LONG, summer vacation. As a lifelong lover of books and reading, I thought it would be a great activity for everyone entering fifth grade to be able to share one special book as soon as we get together in the fall.

I have chosen From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a novel by E.L. Konigsburg. This book won the Newbery Award in 1968 yet still remains as enjoyable and relevant in 2020 as it was over fifty years ago. I guarantee that parents will appreciate it as much as students. By the way, don’t forget to read the “Afterword,” newly added in the most recent printing.

Because we are not present in school, I am unable to give you the book, and therefore you need to acquire it on your own. It is easily available on Amazon and other online stores. I would prefer that the children obtain a print copy of the book so they can easily interact with the text. It is also available in libraries. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. When I write my back-to-school letter at the beginning of August, I will enclose some guidelines pertaining to the book itself. Until then, feel free to read it “for fun” along with any other books from the summer reading list.

Please respond to me at once you have a copy of the book and are good-to-go.

I am looking forward to a great 2020-21! Have a wonderful summer!

Dr. Joan Pearlman

Student reading in the Lower School Library