Update on Giveaway with Marge Pellegrino

Festival-of-Books2-300x225As we’ve received a number of inquiries with questions about who could qualify for the giveaway with Marge Pellegrino that we announced on Tuesday, I’ve realized that I may not have been very clear in describing the giveaway.  Due to the confusion, we’re extending the giveaway until Monday.  You do not have to be a member of our book group, be a local Albuquerque teacher, or have read Pellegrino’s Journey of Dreams in order to win the giveaway.  Teachers of all grade levels are welcome to enter in the drawing.  Pellegrino has worked with students of all ages.  As an author, you and your students could have a wonderful conversation with Pellegrino on the writing process, why she writes, or why she chose to write a story about Guatemala.  Pellegrino is also incredibly involved with her community in Arizona.  This would be a great opportunity to discuss with students what it means to be part of a community, what an activist is, and why activism is important.  The Owl and Panther: A Project of The Hopi Foundation is one of the organizations that Pellegrino works with, and would be a great topic for your students to discuss with her.  To read more about the organization check out their Facebook page or their website.

Here’s a little bit more about Pellegrino in her own words:

“Wild about words, I write and work with diverse groups of people to encourage them to find their own personal power on the page. . .I have facilitated writing programs for ArtsReach working with Native American youth and elders, and for KARE for children of the incarcerated. Since 1999 I’ve been with The Hopi Foundation’s Owl and Panther project, working with families impacted by torture, trauma and traumatic dislocation. I facilitate writing workshops throughout the Pima County Public Library system.”

I know some of our teachers have been hesitant about using Skype–don’t be! If you’re an Albuquerque local we’d be happy to come in to your classroom and help you set up everything for the visit.  All you need is internet and a computer.  If you’re not a local, we’d be happy to help via email or phone.

This is a great opportunity that I hope you’ll take advantage of! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us or leave a comment. To be entered in the giveaway just leave us a comment on this post or the original announcement.  If you know any teachers who may be interested, please feel free to share this information widely!

6 thoughts on “Update on Giveaway with Marge Pellegrino

  1. Hola this is Corina Fraire-Duran and I teach fifth grade at Cochiti Elementary. I read the Journey of Dreams this summer and learned a great deal about the struggles the country side people face and how political issues hurt many countries. This year the class theme is Immigrants and the nation of Immigrants. Please consider me for the drawing.

    • It sounds like a conversation with Marge would fit in perfectly with the class theme you’ve planned for this year! I think your students would so enjoy getting to talk with her.

    • Corina, you’re class has won one of the visits with Marge! We’ll be in contact with you about how to schedule and all the other details! So excited to hear about it!

      • thank you

        Corina Fraire-Duran 5th grade Bilingual Teacher Cochiti Elementary 505-341-1432 “In matters of style, swim with the current, in maters of principal stand like a rock.” Lincoln


  2. Saludos Marge, I also read your book thanks to the bookclub suggestion. It is powerful, and because Guatemala inspired me to become a bilingual teacher in ALBQ, after having lived there for 3 years in a highland maya Mam village (Chiabal, Todos Santos, Huehuetenango), I truly connected personally to the story. I’ve heard incredible narratives from people during my work there, and I always incorporate lessons on geography, civil war, perspectives, and of course my life there in the context of living in rural, indigenous, Guatemala. We actually just studied the civil war in El Salvador and interviewed a former students’ grandmother who fled as a refugee in the 1980’s. Therefore, my students would be thrilled to interview you and expand upon the knowledge they’ve already gained this year. It would be a great extension, although they haven’t yet read the novel. Thanks!

    • Allison, it sounds like your students will really enjoy talking with Marge via Skype! We’ll contact you about how to get in touch with Marge and schedule the visit. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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