Big deal in Goffstown over 'Stuart Little'
Noelle Simmons, as Stuart Little, gives a mouse's thumbs-up to Isabella Morris as Mrs. Little and Connor Boisvert as Mr. Little, during a skit at the Bartlett Reads program kick-off on Monday. (SUsan Clark PHOTO)
On Monday, Bartlett Elementary School students and staff kicked off Bartlett Reads, a school-wide family read aloud program featuring "Stuart Little," by E.B. White. Over the next few weeks, students are required to read a chapter from the book every day, but it's not just about homework. The program includes activities, games, a special lunch and seeing the book's characters come alive on stage.
"A lot of parents grew up with the book so it's a good bonding project," she said.
The program also includes the game, Mouse-e-matics, where students create their own Stuart Little with a throw of the dice as each number represents a body part or piece of clothing, or they lose their turn or have to start over. Principal David Bousquet will also pose a question of the day about the book, and students have to put their answers into a bucket to give their class a chance to win one of four Barnes & Noble gift certificates.
Some students have already read the book and are looking forward to rereading the book with their families and seeing the play.
Monica Kissell also liked the first chapter, and she said the book offers her an opportunity to be creative.
Jack Sullivan also read the book on his own in third grade.
Last summer, Johnathan Lopez read the book on a dare from his friends, and is now looking forward to the program.
"I want to see if the play is the same thing as the book," he said.
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