Carol Turner from the Heron School in Sacramento, California wrote letters with her second grade students: Another influence your writing had on the class was during our plant unit. Each day students would go outside to water their plants. Sure enough, students started blowing three kisses to their plants "to make them grow." This is a direct result of reading the Strega Nona books. As a teacher, this was pure joy as I watched students taking care of another living thing in a loving way.
Tomie: I'm going to pass along that tip to the gardeners.