Last week, we had a fantastic opportunity to participate in the Skype Read Aloud program. Actress Bree Turner read to us Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are. This is a well-loved book in our classroom library, and we were very happy to hear it read by a professional. My students were absolutely enthralled during our call, and they loved how expressive Bree was in her reading.
|Listening to Bree read.|
After the read aloud was finished, we had some time to chat with Bree. We learned about her life as an actress and how she got into the business. Students enjoyed hearing about her early career as a dancer and her journey into film and television. Bree talked a little about her character on Grimm and what she likes most about being an actress. She also talked with my students about having brothers, being a mom, and her many travels abroad. My girls were especially jealous of her dinner at the Eiffel Tower! Finally, we learned a few fun facts: her favorite books as a child were Amelia Bedelia and The Egypt Game, her father was a professional football player, and she collects cuckoo clocks! Bree finished off the call by giving my students some great advice to keep reading and work hard for their dreams.
Thank you, Bree, for taking the time out of your day to read and talk with my students. You were incredibly sincere and I appreciate how you honored and validated their questions and comments. My students felt as if they had actually met you, and it was clear to them that you cared about their education. That's pretty awesome.