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Sandra Kerr RayColumbia,SC

Also take a look at Patches, Lost and Found by S.Kroll. This is a book we read aloud to kids to teach draw first then add words. I ordered Poppy's Pants, but it hadn't come in so we looked some of the pictures I got from the internet and we read the summary. We will be getting the book for our school library. What is so profound about MRL is that on your journey to become a writer, your figured out the same strategies we use today to teach kids to write (Write about what you know, share your emotions, Write a book like____, Pick a writer you like....) We have given simple labels for the very things you so powerfully described in MRL. Children need to hear your voice...Not us teachers tellling kids "Pat Conroy says....."


Sun, Jan 16, 2011 06:52 am 1222 Email Remove
Sandra Kerr RayColumbia, SC

I am a special ed teacher and led a professional development session at my school Friday. I was presenting on teaching writing through illustration based on the work of Katie Wood Ray's In Pictures and In Words. I added a few slides in my power point about your book and we listened to your interview. The role of reading aloud and hearing your mother's voice as your reading voice was powerful for us elementary teachers as reading aloud is a foundational activity for teaching reading and writing for us. Please read Patricia Polacco's Thank You, Mr Falkner. I want to continue my challenge to you-to write a children's book. Gene Norris would say, "Eat the apple, boy." You have so much to say to elementary kids.


Sun, Jan 16, 2011 06:23 am 1221 Email Remove
Heather Harris

Mr. Conroy, I must tell you that it has been true pleasure to discover your gift of poetic prose. I am relunctantly near to the end of South of Broad. It has been such a wonderful read. I truly enjoy your writing and look forward to discovering more of your work in the near future. Thanks again!


Sat, Jan 15, 2011 20:04 pm 1220 Email Remove
Irene HarveyState college, PA

I have just discovered you Pat and am working back from My Reading Life to all of your other wondrous works. Do you ever come north.. to say, State College, PSU? You have so many fans up here and I am spreading your Water is Wide book far and wide . I teach philosophy but mainly seek to launch my students into their best possible future. Can you be persuaded to come this way?


Sat, Jan 15, 2011 19:09 pm 1219 Email Remove
Erin KennyNY, NY

This is my second time commenting your guest book because I can not get enough remarkable and inspiring books from such an amazing man. I beg you, please come to New York again. I have read all of your books and I'm going to start my second round through them. I am only 19 but Pat Conroy, you are shaping my life. I'd give anything to meet you, please consider New York. Thank you for being wonderful and making me believe.


Thu, Jan 13, 2011 17:59 pm 1211 Email Remove
Lamar LambertAtlanta, GA

Thank you for rekindling my love of novels. You touch so many places and times in my life. Charleston, Savannah, James Island, Sulllivans Island, Rome I live within walking distance of Rosedale Dr. and Callanwolde. My girls took piano lessons from a teacher whose house backs up to the estate. You raised the hair on the nape of my neck!


Thu, Jan 13, 2011 12:33 pm 1210 Email Remove
Jeanne KellyMadison, Mississippi

I love all of your books. Your tributes to teachers in the "cookbook" and "My Reading Life" are especially meaningful to me, a retired English teacher. I read passages to my husband, a chemistry professor who will retire after this term. Thank you for helping us realize that our work had meaning, even if we didn't have a Pat Conroy to validate our contributions to the students who sat in our classrooms.


Wed, Jan 12, 2011 21:28 pm 1207 Email Remove
Sandra Kerr RayColumbia,SC

Have you thought of writing a picture book for young children about growing to be a writer? Writing from events of your life, the roles teachers/books played in your life, and how to grow an appreciation of words would be great themes. We, elementary school teachers who teach writing, use mentor texts as read alouds to teach kids to write. Also a picture book about your realization that father was ready to play an important role in history would be a profound read for kids whose fathers served and maybe died in Afganistan or Iraq. I challenge you-to at least think about what you could share with elementary kids. Take a look @Eve Bunting for powerful children's lit. Picture books do not have many words, but what words, ideas, and inspirations and you could share w/kids.


Sun, Jan 9, 2011 19:43 pm 1190 Email Remove
Jim and Becky TolsonAnderson SC

Hello Pat,
We are always excited about your success. Who would have thunk when you pounded me as a knob, and taught Becky at BHS you would have come to this. We are fans, J&B Tolson


Sun, Jan 9, 2011 18:41 pm 1188 Email Remove
Sandra Kerr RayColumbia, SC

Thank you for writing an extraordinary book. I also attended Beaufort HS and was had Mr. Norris for 11th grade English and Mrs. Vella for French. I visited Mrs. Hunter's Library. I graduated in 1972. My father was also a fighter pilot, really an RIO,stationed at MCAS. He was killed in Vietnam on the morning of TET and is buried at the National Cemetary in Beaufort. He also served at Chosen in Korea. Your story articulated my grief journey as I also struggled to reconstruct and "know" my father. From your book, I realize how much of the Marine Corps is part of my psyche. I hadn't thought so much about that. When I visit a military base, I still yearn for an adult understanding of my childhood in Beaufort. The part about our fathers, in their youth, saluting us kids brought me to tears.


Sat, Jan 8, 2011 19:03 pm 1187 Email Remove
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