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Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival

This week we sent off a parcel to the Reading Residence as part of the 2014 Love Books Summer Exchange. We took part last year and had a lot of fun with it. Basically you send a book and related craft suitable for the age of your child and receive the same.

My son eagerly awaits the Postman knocking on the door as he often receives packages with things to review. You can imagine his expression when he opened the door to a large cardboard box! It contained a copy of Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival, and everything needed to transform the box into our own postbox.

Hermans letter Tom Percival

First of all we read the book:

What do you do when your best friend in the whole world wide has to move a long way away? Promise to write to each other ALL the time and to stay best friends FOREVER, that’s what.

But it’s easier said than done – especially when your best friend seems to be having much more fun than you are …

Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival is a lovely story about friendship and my 4 year old enjoyed the story and beautiful illustrations. The book includes lift-the-flap letters which he found a fun feature too.

Then we got ready to craft:

A small postal box is perfect for transforming into a post box. I cut a slot for the letters then my son painted the cardboard box with red paint and set it aside to dry.

crafting a postbox

Then we made a letter for everyone in our family, wrote their names of the front of the envelope, added stamps and decorated them with stickers.

Eventually the paint dried and my son was able to post his letters, just like Herman and Henry.

crafting a postbox

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    June 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Herman’s Letter is a great story. I love the idea of making your own postbox 🙂

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    Lesley @ Australian Picture Books
    June 12, 2014 at 5:31 am

    What a wonderful idea the book exchange is. This book and craft you received is so cool. Love the look of Herman and his friend on the cover.

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    The Reading Residence
    June 14, 2014 at 7:55 am

    So glad it reached you OK and that you enjoyed the story and the activity 🙂

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