“How lucky I am to get such
letters now while I'm alive to enjoy them!”
San Antonio, Texas
April 1, 2014
This time I'll share with you all my reply to a letter from some very clever teachers and students at United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois...
Dear Ms. Cisneros,
My co-teacher, Patrice Nussear, and I wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed teaching The House on Mango Street this year. It was the very first time we have taught it. We have been familiar for the book for years, but we had never had the opportunity to teach it until now. It was a great book for our classes -- co-taught sophomores (some with IEP's) from mainly low-income families, and a mix of cultural diversity. Everyone enjoyed it, and everyone could relate to some aspect of it!
We had discussions on everything from stereotypes and gender roles to our own neighborhoods and the people who live in them. We also had students write about their neighborhoods, and they shared them with the class. We talked about expectations of different cultures and the importance of giving back to your home community and its people.
We even celebrated the book by having a jump rope contest, and about twenty students participated! Several of them are pictured below. Anyway, thanks for a great book and a rich addition to our English curriculum! We can't wait to read more of your books!
Please let us know of one or two of your favorites and we will try to get those books for our classes to read. Thank you!
Marty Golby (and Patrice Nussear)
Dear Marty Golby and Patrice Nussear,
Well, you just made my day/month/year with that heartwarming letter and photos. I think you two are to be congratulated for thinking up fabulous ideas, like a jump rope contest. That’s a first, and a terrific idea.
I especially got a kick out of the photo of Garrett, who jumped with cowboy boots. I wear cowboy boots and it’s not an easy feat. Congratulate him for me, too.
I was having lunch when your letter arrived, and, I hope you don’t mind, I shared it with my friends. They were as amused as I was. How lucky to get such letters now while I’m alive to enjoy them!
Thank you for taking the time to teach my book, and thank you for taking the time to write to me. Both my agent and I see lots of fan letters, but yours amused and amazed us, and made our work relevant and worth it. That’s a great gift.
Mil gracias to you and your students. I loved the photos of everyone. So charming!