Young writers from Manhasset publish their first book

Young writers from Manhasset publish their first book
Shelter Rock Principal Richard Roder read the first page of the students’ book “The Adventures of the Jolly Red Balloon.” (Photo courtesy of the Manhasset Public Schools)

Manhasset first graders in Michele Gentile’s class at Shelter Rock Elementary School recently became published authors and shared their book, “The Adventures of the Jolly Red Balloon” with family members.

Over the past five years, Gentile has challenged each of her classes to write and publish a story. She then hosts a publishing party to celebrate their hard work.

“It’s a great way to incorporate the writing process authentically and the kids are so proud when they receive their published books,” she said.

Creating a book is no easy task. The students explored the writing process as they learned to brainstorm, write, revise, edit and finally publish their work.

During the publishing party, each student read the page that they wrote and illustrated in “The Adventures of the Jolly Red Balloon.” Shelter Rock principal Richard Roder kicked off the reading and expressed to the students how proud he was of them and their accomplishment.

Shelter Rock assistant principal Deana Folchetti-Puglin had the honor of reading the final page of the story.

Following the book presentation, students and their family members moved the celebration outdoors where a waffle station was set up for them to enjoy. The first graders had a great time with their classmates and loved ones.

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