Dear Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon,
Hi, my name is K.C.M.C.L. Thank-you very much for coming to Scott Bateman Middle School. Thank you for all the valuable lessons on bullying and all the wonderful drawings you did with the class.
My favorite part is when all the boys told the truth about [their] lies and became friends with Alison and the Beech Nut. My favorite character was Nicholas. I loved it when you wrote baby talk for him. My favorite part is when he yells out “Munwo.” The valuable lesson I learned is don‘t hide your true passion from your friends and don‘t lie about who your friends are.
When I was in grade five, three girls would bully me at lunch because I sat in between them and there was one girl named M. who stood up for me. My Auntie is a teacher and I told her about your book and she is going to get it for her school to read. I loved the book. It was very good. Thank you for coming.
December 11, 2012
Dear K. C. M. C. L.,
Thank you for your kind letter about my visit to Scott Bateman Middle School and about your experience with The Beech Nut of Big Water Beach. I was pleased that you considered the lessons on bullying valuable! I was also pleased that you enjoyed my drawings because I love to draw.
I agree with you, that the happy ending in which the boys tell the truth and become friends with Alison and the Beech Nut is very satisfying. Also, it was fun to write baby talk for Nicholas. You really picked out important ideas about the book, that you shouldn’t hide your true passion from your friends, and you shouldn’t lie about who your friends are.
I was sorry to hear that you were bullied at lunch in Grade Five, but I was glad M. stood up for you! If the bullying ever happens again, you know that you can always go to a trusted adult like Mr. Popiel or the counselor, Mrs. Barb McLeod, for help, but it sounds as if it all worked out already.
Let your Auntie know that she can reach me through the Artists in the Schools website in the Artists in the Schools list of artists. I would be happy to come to her school!