Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 3rd Graders

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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,

Mrs. Karen Tessier

Assistant Headmaster

Saint John Academy

Core Elements of Summer Reading for Rising 3rd Graders

Journal & Books
  • You will need a good writing journal (of strong construction)...something that will last.
  • Required reading includes Mary by Tomie DePaola and your choice of one of the following by Tomie DePaola: Francis, The Poor Man of Assisi, The Clown of God and Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland.
  • From the reading list below, choose 2 to read.
  • Draw a picture of something interesting from each of the two books you choose from the reading list below. First sketch the picture in pencil and then color.
  • Write 1 paragraph (3-5 sentences) in your journal describing each picture (pictures may be drawn and placed inside your journal if you would like).

Under the Lilacs- Louisa May Alcott

The King’s Chessboard- David Birch

Caddie Woodlawn- Carol Ryrie Brink

The Pied Piper of Hamelin- Robert Browning

The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Little Lame Prince- Dinah Craik

The Courage of Sarah Noble- Alice Dalgliesh

Black Gold- Marguerite Henry

Born to Trot- Marguerite Henry

Brighty of the Grand Canyon- Marguerite Henry

Justin Morgan Had a Horse- Marguerite Henry

King of the Wind- Marguerite Henry

Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West- Marguerite Henry

The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling

Pyramid- David Macaulay

Sarah, Plain and Tall- Patricia MacLachlan

The Borrowers- Mary Norton

The Trumpet of the Swan- E.B. White

Little House in the Big Woods- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Farmer Boy- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the Banks of Plum Creek- Laura Ingalls Wilder

By the Shores of Silver Lake- Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Long Winter- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little Town on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder

These Happy Golden Years- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Henry and Mudge series, Cynthia Rylant

Boxcar Children series, Gertrude Chandler Warner

Amelia Bedelia stories, Peggy Parish

Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Beverly Cleary

Mr. Popper's Penguins, Richard Atwater

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, Donald Sobol

Stuart Little, E.B. White

Charlotte's Web, E.B. White

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The Hare and the Tortoise illustration by Arthur Rackham
  • Read all four recommended poems, copy one in your journal and memorize, reciting it at home (at the dinner table or some other spontaneous moment). This will also be recited at school.

"Be Strong" by M.D. Babcock

"George Washington" by Stephen and Rosemary Benet

"Jim" by Hilaire Belloc

"The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Aesop's Fables

  • Choose three Aesop's Fables to read, no writing required.

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

  • Read the Annunciation in the Gospel (or have it read to you): Luke 1: 5-38

  • Imagine you are at the scene of the Annunciation--as a bird,or insect, or a friend quietly observing.

  • Describe some moment from the Annunciation scene and tell it like a story in 1-2 paragraph(s), beginning with the mysterious and surprising moment when the Angel appears and speaks.

  • Some things to think about (but not write about): What would the angel look like? Was he frightening but also comforting? Why was Mary afraid, but also calm? What risks did she have to take if she said yes? How was Mary's reaction to the strange and wonderful message different from the reaction by Zachary to the message he received?

Please examine Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Annunciation painting to help you enter into that moment. (see below)

  • Suggestion, pray this joyful mystery of the rosary at least once a week. Before you pray it, pause for a few moments, be still and imagine the scene of the Annunciation as if you were there, perhaps also imagining how Mary felt at that moment.
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Be sure to read what is required but also read books that you love!

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Top painting: Listening to the Birds by Winslow Homer