Yesterday I read the amazing Milo Armadillo to my class and something wonderful happened. When the story ended, and I closed the book, the class erupted into applause. Usually one or two clap at the end of books and sometimes it spreads, but this was different. Clearly it had moved them all.
Something about the story of Talulah, a little girl who desperately wanted a pink, fluffy, bunny rabbit and didn’t get it resonated with them. We talked a lot about what ‘disappointed’ means and they shared times when they had felt this way. To see Milo’s sadness at not fulfilling Talulah’s dreams of a pink, fluffy bunny was heartbreaking – and they got it. Her eventual transformation and their sweet reunion had them entranced.
They loved the story so much that when the tech who helps at bus time came in a few minutes early, I had them work together, using the pictures, to retell her the story. Not only did they do a wonderful job, but they used so much of the rich story language – I was blown away.
I need to see if I can find a pink, fluffy armadillo for my room. For the lessons and joy he brought us, Milo deserves to join some of our other favorite characters.