Posts Tagged ‘letters’

Did you know that this month is National Letter Writing Month? It’s the annual effort to promote literacy and celebrate the art of letter writing. And you can opt for a Go Green Stamp as an Eco reminder as well. Perfect for envelopes!

P1120663An outstanding idea! & my personal favorite Eco tip!



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Katherine Reay’s debut novel is terrific!

Dear Mr. Knightley

The story is entirely told through letters. Mostly the letters of Sam, the main character, to the anonymous Mr. Knightley. It is a super book with humor, romance, tenderness, honesty, forgiveness, love, acceptance, and all that. Quotes from the classics, like Jane Austen, are written in Sam’s letters; there’s usually a bit of an explanation that goes with it so that an unfamiliar reader understands what she is referencing. Katherine Reay wrote a novel with quality characters and a believable story. I’d recommend Dear Mr. Knightly for anyone who loves a good story. And I’m looking forward to reading more from Katherine Reay. 

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in Focus on the Family and the Upper Room. Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. Dear Mr. Knightley is her first novel.


Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.

Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.

But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

As Sam’s dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.

Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.

Dear Mr. Knightley is a stunning debut—a pure gem with humor and heart.” —Serena Chase, USA Today

Includes Reading Group Guide

Plus Bonus Material: Q & A with Katherine Reay and Sam’s Reading List

BookSneeze provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Sequence Fun From A to Z


Players sound out the letter on their cards, match it to the beginning sound of a picture on the gameboard, then place a chip there. Each card features a letter of the alphabet in upper and lower case. Colored squares on the cards and gameboard help with faster recognition. When you have 4 of your chips in a row, you’ve got a Sequence! Kids will have fun playing the great game of Sequence while learning the letters of the alphabet. Dot your ‘i’s’ and cross your ‘t’s’…it’s the Sequence way to learn your ABC’s!

Sequence Letters is for players ages 4 through 7. In this game, only 4 in a row is needed to make a sequence and win! A terrific way to introduce the letters of the alphabet and to begin corresponding letters with words. There are two pictures on the board that start with the same letter; both the cards and pictures are color coded to help with matching. There is also an alphabet guide that lists each letter of the alphabet with the two possible game board pictures. Example: A is for apple and airplane, B is for balloon and bike. (This is helpful, otherwise you could have many possible selections such as playing the f card on the apple picture and calling it “fruit”. )



This is a wonderful game for early learning and there are many ways of expanding the play. Older players can concentrate on spelling by writing the word picture out on paper on their turn. The game can also be used as an inspiration for an art project by having the players draw, color, or paint some of the pictures they played. And after the game, the pictures played can make for some great story prompts for creative writing.


The game includes the folding game board, playing cards, playing chips and instructions. The complete directions can be viewed on the Jax website.

I received the Sequence Letters game from Jax to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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