Making a Difference with Books
This picture demonstrates the power of a book. These children are members of the Sina Sina tribe of Papua New Guinea. The oldest girl, age 12, is using Melissa Forney's Picture Speller for Young Authors to teach English to the other kids. She has also earned a little money using it to teach some of the adults in her tribe. I was awed and humbled to see how far the book has traveled. My friend, Rosalie Ranquist, was a missionary to this tribe for many decades. Now in her late 70s, she still travels back to visit the tribe almost every year. A wonderful challenge for your students this year would be to find some place in the world where books are scarce, and send a few books along with letters from your students. Every child around the globe deserves to experience the wonders of turning the pages of a beautiful book.