Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 2nd Graders 2019

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Greetings, Parents and Students

Dear Parents,


The books, stories and poems have been carefully selected to foster an enjoyable and thoughtful reading experience. Enjoy this special time with your child. These assignments are meant to be enriching and meaningful.


Be sure to balance the assignments with lots of fun, enjoyable time outside with family and friends.


Best to you and your family,


Jeffrey P. Presberg

Headmaster


Mrs. Karen Tessier

Assistant Headmaster


Saint John Academy

Core Elements of Summer Reading for Rising Second Graders

Readings:


  • From the reading list below, choose 5 books to be read silently or aloud with parents. Parents may choose to read some of the books to their child--at the parent's discretion.



Book of Bible Stories - Tomie dePaola

The Parables of Jesus - Tomie dePaola

Quiet - Tomie dePaola

The Miracles of Jesus - Tomie dePaola

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland - Tomie dePaola

The Good Samaritan - Tomie dePaola

My First Easter - Tomie dePaola

The Legend of the Poinsettia - Tomie dePaola

The Tale of Three Trees - Angela Elwell Hunt

James and the Rain - Karla Kuskin

The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf

Red Wolf Country - Jonathan London

Beatrice’s Goat - Page McBrier

Jumping Bean - Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Christmas Eve - Edna Miller or any other Edna Miller book

Cam Jansen Series - David Adler

Frog and Toad Series - Arnold Lobel

Henry and Mudge Series - Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Putter and Tabby Series - Cynthia Rylant

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...from Quiet...
Poems
  • Read all three poems aloud.
  • Memorize at least one, reciting it at home (at the dinner table or some other spontaneous moment). This will also be recited at school.

"At the Zoo" by William Makepeace Thackeray

"The Moon" by Robert Louis Stevenson

"The Eagle" by Alfred Lord Tennyson


Aesop's Fables

  • Choose two Aesop's Fables to read.

The Fox and the Grapes
The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
The Mice in Council
The Lion and the Mouse
The North Wind and the Sun
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Boy and the Wolf
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
The Grasshopper and the Ants


We also recommend that you read (or retell) folktales to your child, such as Beauty and the Beast by Charles Perrault and The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen.

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Be sure to read what is required but also read books that you love!

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