I had just changed out of my Book Fair-ie costume when one of the 1st grade teachers told me how disappointed her class had been that I wasn’t at the Book Fair when they were. No one wants to disappoint 1st graders so I asked her if she wanted me to drop by her classroom the next day. She was happy to take me up on my offer!
I love going to the classrooms to visit; I’d had so much fun doing it as The Cat in the Hat. Thinking about that got me wondering, what was I going to say to these 1st graders? When I was The Cat in the Hat, we were delivering books and I had written a long Cat in the Hat type verse for them. What was I going to say?
Then I remembered the picture I had used last year in a post about when my parents first knew I was a Book Fair-ie. I printed it 8×10 and I started to think of more things I could add to my back-story! This would be fun.
I got to Jenna’s that morning and told her my idea and it was as if a light bulb went off in her head! She was going with me to the classroom and she had the perfect picture. During the week when I was in costume, Jenna had been telling the student in the library that SHE was half Book Fair-ie and she just remembered another picture to go enhance our story. I love that she tells all the students that I am her Mom! Talk about feeling important. Anyway!
Here is how the story went…
“Hi Everyone! I am the Book Fair-ie! You’re teacher told me you were disappointed because I wasn’t in the Library when you went to the Book Fair and she asked me to make a special trip back just to visit you! You might be wondering what a Book Fair-ie does. Well, it is my job to go around bopping children on the head with my magic wand to giving them the love to read! Do any of you love to read?” Of course, they all raised their hands. “Then I will just have to wave my wand once over all of you!” I did and they all loved it!
“Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My parents were both Book Fair-ies and THIS is when they knew for sure that I was going to be a Book Fair-ie.”
A student asked if I was really a fairy.
“Yes but I am not just a Book Fair-ie. I am also a Grandma and a Mom. Do all of you know that Miss Jenna is my daughter?” Most of the students know Jenna because she does so much at school from helping out in the office to selling Paletas to volunteering at Picture Day and so much more. “Did you know that Miss Jenna is half Book Fair-ie? THIS is when we knew for sure.”
“Now, do you see the man sitting behind her? That is Miss Jenna’s Dad and he is definitely NOT a Book Fair-ie! He doesn’t even like to read. Can you imagine that?” They could not!
“I get a lot of questions about my beautiful wings.” There were lots of ews and ahs. “Book Fair-ies cannot fly but because we spend so much time reading we have wonderful imaginations. I can just shut my eyes and dream that I am flying anywhere.” I loved it when one of the little boys closed his eyes and said he was flying!
Before I left the classroom I made all of them promise me that they would go home and read every day so that they could grow up and be Book Fair-ies, too!
After we left the 1st graders, we decided to stop by and visit the PM Kindergartners and we did it all over again! The Kindergartners loved the Book Fair-ie even more! The next morning the AM Kinder teacher told me how disappointed her class was that I never came to see them! I actually thought it was both Kinder classes in one that we had visited. We couldn’t have sad Kinders and so I donned my costume one more time!
I love being a Book Fair-ie