Earlier this school year, Robyn Ackerman’s remote second-grade class read “The Silver Arrow” by Lev Grossman. Students were so engaged with the story, they asked Mrs. Ackerman to record a See Saw video of her reading the next chapter over the weekend so they wouldn’t have to wait to find out what happened next.
Mrs. Ackerman reached out to Grossman and asked if he would be interested in hearing the students’ ideas for his next story. He agreed and joined the class via Zoom in December. The author told students he was creating another story and they were the first ones to hear the news. Grossman asked for their help in developing some new cars and ideas for the next train. He listened, engaged in conversation, and congratulated the children on their imaginative ideas, often remarking that they were “magical.”
The class made the author a thank you book. At Grossman’s request, the class included their drawings and ideas so he will have them to reference while creating his next story.