Happy Birthday, Richard Peck!

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“Novels are never about people living easy lives through tranquil times; novels are the biographies of survivors.” ~ Richard Peck

Author Richard Peck was born April 10, 1934. By happy chance, the Arrow selection for April is Peck’s novel, A Long Way from Chicago, a delightful tale of eccentricity, family, and life in 1930’s Chicago.

In celebration of Richard Peck’s 79th birthday we’re making a special offer. The Arrow for A Long Way from Chicago is:

Half price for one day only: $4.95! OFFER HAS EXPIRED

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

But, wait. That’s not all! It’s also National Poetry Month. And what better way to honor the beauty of language than by sharing the poem by Richard Peck:

Twenty Minutes a Day
by Richard Peck

Read to your children
Twenty minutes a day;
You have the time,
And so do they.
Read while the laundry is in the machine;
Read while the dinner cooks;
Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
And reach for the library books.
Hide the remote,
Let the computer games cool,
For one day your children will be off to school;
Remedial? Gifted? You have the choice;
Let them hear their first tales
In the sound of your voice.
Read in the morning;
Read over noon;
Read by the light of
Goodnight Moon.
Turn the pages together,
Sitting close as you’ll fit,
Till a small voice beside you says,
“Hey, don’t quit.”

(from the Penguin website)

So, wish Professor Peck a happy birthday, do something special for National Poetry month, read to your kids each day, and take advantage of our special Arrow offer!

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