More thinking about the beginning from the end...

This spring I read a really good book called The Friendship Bread by author Darien Gee. I ordered on my iPad one windy weekend for something to read as the wind howled around us. It is a great story about how the loss of a child affects, mother, father, the marriage, family members, friendships, and most importantly the children in the home. It weaves the sadness and sorrow of a woman fighting her way back from devastation and guilt while still trying to hold onto the life she had, and through it all finds new connections and friendship from a “chain” recipe.  
I liked it so much I decided to buy a few copies as gifts for a few of my friends. Just before school was out I ordered four books and made batches of starter. I know just about everyone has had the Amish Friendship Bread starter at one time or another, and you either love it or hate it. But I thought my friends would forgive me if I added a great book to read in the gift.
The last week of school I placed the book and starter in a gift bag along with a note about what their friendship means, and directions for the bread. I also added that as they passed on their batches of starter I hoped they would pass on the book as well for another friend to enjoy. I haven’t heard if the bread was a success or a flop (except for one; her dog had ate it while she was gone, I promised her a new batch, and hope the dog is ok J), or if they enjoyed the book, but maybe by the start of school they will have stories to share.  
The book has still been on my mind as I think about the beginning of school. The Friendship Bread has a facebook page and I am a fan, so it is still fresh in my mind. I usually start my school year with stories about friendship and friends, and we either make “friendship salad” or “friendship mix” to share in class. But I think this year I will do something different.
This year I am going to make the friendship bread starter with my kiddos and give each of them a bag to take care of and monitor.  This will not only integrate science, math, and writing standards it will also give us a sense of community and friendship to start our year with. When our starters are ready we’ll make our bread, divide the starter, and then find friends outside of our classroom to deliver our project to.
I won’t be reading Darien Gee’s novel to my kiddos but we will read other great books about friendship such as old favorites like; The Old Woman Who Named Things By Cynthia Rylant , Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, and The Crayon Box That Talked by,  Shane Derolf and Michael Letzig. 
And some sure to be new favorites that are on my wish list to get this summer.

 I’m excited to get going on this project and hope the kids are as excited about their “friendship” as I am.


  1. This is just too funny. I'm finishing this book right now! I'm actually listening to it on CD in my car when I drive to and from work. Of course, Friday was the last day of school and I have one CD left! I love that you are going to weave this idea into your classroom. So very clever! I never would have thought of that, but what a perfect connection. Thanks for the great thought! I can't wait to see how the book ends and how everything comes together at the end.

  2. It's such a wonderful idea & gift that you made for your students. And the friendship idea I'll love to pass along to other teaches. Thanks!

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