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Dear Teachers: Another Letter from Joy Cowley to You! (#2)

This is the second in a series of letters that Joy Cowley, author of the Mrs. Wishy-Washy books, wanted to write to show teachers some love and gratitude. Pass them around to all the teachers you know who love Joy's work, and show them that Joy loves them back!

Dear Teachers,

Because you are so important in the lives of your students, they will be greatly influenced by your love of story. They will especially value the stories from your childhood that you share with them. You can go back to your early years and pick up the memories that still have a strong feeling attached to them. What were the jokes you enjoyed? The food you liked? The games you played with your friends? Was there a time when you had to be brave? A time when you were proud of an achievement? When you were young, what were your fears? I can remember when I had no idea of the relative size of objects and was afraid of going down the bath plughole, or being sucked up the vacuum cleaner.

We know that childhood is not behind us but within us, and it is helpful to reflect on the events and conditions that shaped us. Most of these provide the basis of great stories.

As a writer, I know the value of connecting the child within me with the child out there. You can do the same. You have a wonderful resource in the library of your own experience.

With love and gratitude, 

Joy Cowley


To learn about Joy's books, including her Mrs. Wishy-Washy titles, click here to visit the website, or click the images below to download series information sheets!

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