One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

Saugatuck Elementary School in Westport, CT, celebrated Read Across America Day on March 2, as the kickoff to their second annual One Book, One School initiative. During a suspenseful school-wide assembly, principal Beth Messler raced in to the auditorium filled with more than 500 students, then unwrapped a package containing this year’s selection, Appleblossom the Possum (Dial, 2015) by Holly Goldberg Sloan. She held it triumphantly over her head to cheers and whoops; the unveiling was followed by a Readers Theater skit performed by members of the faculty. It introduced the first two chapters of the story, which is about possums making their way in the world, with Appleblossom, the youngest marsupial, left in a perilous position.

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