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I Remember Papa by Helen Ketteman
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Apr 11, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: middle-boy, youngest-boy, mentor-texts
Read in April, 2010

A young boy goes to town with his dad, who desperately needs new work boots for his farm, after working chores to save enough money for a glove. A train ride, a bus ride, and a baseball game later; he discovers the dream of owning his own baseball glove might be over. A sweet story of one man's devotion to his boy, and vice versa, this book left me sighing as I closed it.

The author, Helen Ketteman, is listed as a suggested author for my middle son's summer reading. The writing is exceptional. In fact, I kept finding instances in the book that would serve as great teaching moments if I Remember Papa was used as a mentor text in my classroom. Her style reminds me of Patricia Polacco's. Impeccable.

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