The Number of the Day is……5

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In mid-May (the fifth month), five groups of five……

1. Summer Reading!

For those of us in New England, winter was especially long this year. As we made another cup of hot chocolate, dreams of summer reading on my deck gave me hope. So many good books coming out this summer, but here are five I’m especially looking forward to:


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (I’m curious about Lee’s novel – and admittedly somewhat apprehensive given all of the drama about eighty-nine-year-old Harper Lee’s condition – but how can you not look forward to entering Scout’s world again?)


The State We’re In by Ann Beattie (linked stories set in Maine by one of my favorite short story authors)


In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (As she was for many other girls, I thought of Judy Blume like an absent big sister. She’s the one who answered all of the questions I didn’t want to ask anyone else. Blume’s new adult novel takes place in the early 1950s when Elizabeth, New Jersey was the site of a series of plane crashes.)


The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein (A debut novel getting lots of attention. From Publishers Weekly’s starred review: “In Dinerstein’s captivating debut novel, an isolated island above the Arctic Circle is the setting for two people trying to surmount grief and find love. After being jilted by her boyfriend, 21-year-old Frances flees Manhattan to apprentice with a laconic Norwegian artist in a remote community called Lofoten, where she learns to adjust to the unending daylight of a Scandinavian summer. Meanwhile, Yasha Gregoriov, five years Frances’s junior, comes there to bury his father, Vassily, a Russian immigrant to the U.S. whose wish was to be interred in a peaceful place “at the top of the world.”)


Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia (The further adventures of Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern Gaither in a companion novel to One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven)

2. List #2 – Scenes Around School That Make Me Happy….no one was asked to pick up a book for a picture!






3. Cookbooks!

The third graders made lists of their favorite books. Maybe this student will be a future competitor on Chopped!


Inly’s five most circulated cookbooks are:




Grandpa’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Cookbook


Cool Nut-Free Recipes (we’re a nut free school!)


– Cool Cakes and Cupcakes


Around the World Cookbook by Abigail Johnson Dodge

4. A Display of Five Spring Books:


5. And…..5 Five-Year-Olds Reading!


The books they’re reading: It’s Hard to Be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis, Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins, My Five Senses by Aliki, Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow, and Five Trucks by Brian Floca.

It seems appropriate to close this post with a picture of the Count from Sesame Street!



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