My slant on the world…

Excellent Epistle

Well-done writing has a way of touching the soul and transporting us to another place.  Last Decemember, my students entered a writing contest describing how books they had read changed their lives.  This is not the first year I had them compete in the Library of Congress’s Letters about Literature contest.  It is the first year that one of my students won.

That’s the good news.  The bad news, at least for my students and me, is that the honor belongs to Carol Fisher.  You see… Carol just moved to Michigan.  No mind, though.  I called to let Carol know that she is one of two winners choosen to represent the best of 6th graders in Nebraska.  She was as thrilled as I was.

Carol and her mother are making the trip back to the Cornhusker State’s capital on Thursday,  March 14th to have a photo taken with the governor as he signs the National Library Week proclamation, receive her award, and have her letter archived (forever!) in the state’s official library.

Way to go, Carol!  Keep up the great writing; we’re all very proud of your accomplishment.

Here is Carol’s letter…

Dear Mr. Christopher Paolini:

I opened the story of Eragon, and flipped through the pages.  I was deciding on whether to read it or not.  I turned to the first page and I felt my mind being sucked out of reality and on to the back of Arya’s saddle.  As I got farther and farther into the adrenaline-pumping story, I found myself reading through the pages of Eragon and escaping the world I knew.  As soon as I would finish a chapter, I would turn the page thinking, “Just one more chapter then I’ll stop.”  When the day was done I would crawl up in my bed and stay up late reading to my heart’s content.  When I finished the book I thought is was the best one ever, and I’ve read a lot trust me.

I believe authors’ posses a certain quality that others lack.  It may be there ability to bring words to life and make them dance in front of our eyes.  Or their ability to bring things to life we have not dreamed of even in our wildest dreams.  Some day I wish to become an author and have that special magic, but until then I need a lot of practice.  Authors are my heroes of all time; they captivate my mind and lend it wings, so it can soar to the heavens and beyond.

Since I have read Eragon, I believe I have changed.  Not necessarily on the outside, but on the inside.  I think it has affected me so much.   I have always thought that only the brave were courageous.  I was wrong;  Eragon showed me that anyone can be courageous.   Eragon has taught me to be a better person, child, friend, imaginer, sister, student, and much more.

As time wears on, the book becomes more and more meaningful to me.  No one can explain the magic of books (well at least I think they have magic).  I know some people who think it is torture to sit and read a book.  I feel sorry for them because they have not read a book that sweeps them away.  Personally Eragon was the first book I got “hooked” on.  It was the book that encouraged me to read and keep reading to this day.

I have one last thing to say to you, thank you for giving me my wings, letting my mind soar, and last, thank you for the best gift of all, reading.

Carol Fisher

Carol Fisher

Grade Six

  *This paper has been edited for mistakes.

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16 responses

  1. Well done, Carol!! I miss you too. We are doing the contest again this year, this week actually, and I shared your letter again. Thanks for being so awesome 🙂

    I will check out the blog. Do you have RSS on it? That way I can have it dump into my Reader.

    Do keep in touch,

    Mrs. B.

    December 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm

  2. Hey Mrs. Brouillette,
    I have started to blog myself, and if you want you can check mine out any time, its missbeanlovesfood712.wordpress.com I miss your class so much, last year I had a teacher, Ms. Corbin, and she reminded me so much of you! I would love to keep in touch!

    Carol Fisher

    November 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  3. Wow! This is socool that someone from Adams got the award. I felt the same way as Carol. This would be so cool to do.

    Mitch P. Per.3

    November 13, 2009 at 7:31 am

  4. Anonymous

    There once was a man from space who wished he had a more handsome face people laughed and called him names and the thing to blame was he very ugly face

    March 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm

  5. skyep4

    it is nice to hear that carol came back i know we all wish her good luck

    April 15, 2008 at 10:40 am

  6. Carol 8th

    Hey Guys!!!! Its Carol, I just want to say that I miss all of you guys a ton. I was so surprised that I won but I’m really happy that I won. It went really well in Lincoln. The capitol building was HUGE!! It was so pretty. Every thing in Michigan is great, its nice to see my friends in Michigan but I still miss you guys!! I will talk or write 😀 to you guys later.

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Carol

    March 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm

  7. adam #4

    nice poem

    March 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm

  8. briannaH 8

    There once was a girl
    who owned lots of pearls.
    When she saw four saphires
    she looked for some buyers,
    but all she found was a poor earl.

    Brianna H. per8

    March 24, 2008 at 8:23 pm

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