“Awards: This book has not won any awards.
Appropriate grade level: 1st to 3rd grade.
Summary and Review: This book is about a young girl named Daisy and her escape from reality through her imagination. It is evident that her mother or guardian is cruel and does not treat her very well. From the first page, we see how her mother yells and commands Daisy to do things quickly and efficiently. But while Daisy is on her way out to run some errands for her mother, she notices a letter that was dropped off for her. Daisy must have not received any letters in a very long time because she is completely shocked at the fact that this really happened. She imagines where the letter could have originated from. Everything from a circus requesting her amazing skills to a queen revealing that Daisy is her actual daughter to an anonymous writer declaring his love for her were all possibilities to Daisy. Truth is the story does not show where the letter came from, just Daisy excited after she read it, going about her daily duties.
I really enjoyed this book and the fantastical sense to it. The letters that Daisy imagines from the different places are actually pretty humorous since we, the readers, know none of it is true. But it’s interesting to see how the imagination of a young child can set off and wander so freely. My favorite one had to be the letter from the Queen stating that there had been a switch at birth and she was actually Daisy’s mother, apologizing for the confusion. I’m not sure if the last letter was the actual letter or part of the figment of Daisy imagination. This is probably left up to the reader to contemplate and decide. The illustrations of each of the places supported what the letters were saying, and added to the imagery we received from reading the letters on each page. The illustrations were spontaneous and colorful; not a single blank space can be seen. Great book overall!
Uses in classroom:
• Create your own letter for Daisy
• Random predictions throughout the book guessing where would the next letter come from
• Choose a letter as the actual letter Daisy received-how will her life change
• Write letters to those we care about although we might not know how to express it
• Letter writing strategies and format