I opened the stuffed envelope the minute I got back to the cottage, totally unprepared for what spilled out. I'm going to step aside now and let the contents tell the rest of the story. (For privacy reasons I have hidden names and addresses, but other than that will keep the letters in their original forms.)
Wow! What a great book! My sister-in-law recommended Ting Ting to read to my grade 3 class. My students and I absolutely loved the story.
Thankfully I read the book on my own first so that I didn't cry too much while I read it aloud to them. My class is in an inner city Toronto neighbourhood. There are only a few families in our school who have immigrated from China but 95% of our population has immigrated in the past generation or two from other countries. So, needless to say my students connected greatly to Ting.
My favourite part of reading the book aloud to the kids was that when we'd finish a chapter they'd pipe up, "No, keep reading!"
A couple of students have written you notes. They are not hugely detailed. Unfortunately they can be hesitant writers at times but they all really enjoyed reading Ting Ting.
Thanks again for an amazing book. Please keep writing.
Dear Kristie Hammond,
I really enjoyed your book called Ting Ting. My favourite part was when Ting loved donuts like me. I have some questions for you. Can you make a book with my name in the story? Can I be the main character in the story? Please! Let me know when you're done! Thanks a lot if you let me in your new book. My name is D.
I think the Book Ting ting is amazing Book.
I love that Book.
Do you mind coming to our school S?
I think my class will love that.
thank you again for writing that Amazing Book for the wrold.
Make another Book.
I am so exsited to read it.
I really like your book Ting Ting. It showed how she felt in Vancouver, Canada. Will you write a book continued from the previous one? Is Ting Ting real? Next time, will you write another book? Anyways you're an amazing author. Also keep trying your best to write cool books.
Dear Kristie Hammond,
What is the next title of your book? Now we're reading Anne of Green Gables.
We're on Chapter 6.
We just finished reading Ting Ting.
My favourite part of the story is when Ting Ting begged her mom to go and watch the show Anne of Green Gables but she said we don't have money.
That was my favourite part of the story.
I thought it was funny.
They were the most heartwarming, endearing letters I have ever received, and I have to admit I shed a few tears. The idea that my book touched the hearts of a class of children, many of them immigrants just like Ting, makes me one very happy author.