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Fictional Letters and Diaries

Dear Daddy . . .
by Philippe Dupasquier
(Longman Pelican Big Books)
A series of letters from a little girl to her daddy who is away at sea. Each spread has her letter plus a picture of her house and garden showing the events she describes and the passing seasons. Above that is another picture or strip of pictures showing what her daddy is doing. The last but one spread shows him arriving on the bus and on the last page both pictures show him hugging his daughter. A cleverly thought out, unusual book which leads naturally into letter writing and discussion of feelings. The text is rather small but useable.
Links to time and the seasons
KS 1
24 pages    ISBN 0582333504
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Dear Greenpeace
A delightful series of letters between Emily, a small girl who is sure she has a whale in her garden pond, and Greenpeace who are equally sure that she hasn't. An excellent trigger for children to write their own letters about imaginary events.
Links to science - living things in their environment
ISBN 0744569265
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Dear Sam, Dear Ben
by Josephine Croser
(Rigby Magic Bean)
An extended story told entirely in letters. When Sam and Ben both win prizes in a competition, both prizes are sent to Ben by mistake. He prefers the other prize so sends his own to Sam (who turns out to be a Samantha) and keeps hers. They start writing regularly, spinning tall stories about their lives which causes them both to panic when they finally meet. Not a very strong story but reasonably interesting. Illustrated by a few drawings and photos.
48 pages    ISBN 186374004X


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