UNION, NJ – Jay Mitetsky, author of “Ricky, the Rock That Couldn’t Roll”, visited Connecticut Farms School on Wednesday with a lesson on friendship and kindness.
In the morning, third- and fourth-grade students met with Mitetsky for writing workshops. “We discussed how to construct characters and plot, and how to write in rhyme.”
“Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll” introduces the reader to pebbles and rocks who play together and roll around their favorite hill. But, Ricky can’t roll with them. Unlike the others, who are all round, he’s flat on one side. His friends, determined not to leave Ricky behind, set out to help him roll.
Mitetsky says the book highlights perseverance and triumph in the face of adversity, and the power of true friendship.
Mitetsky read his book to an assembly of the younger students in the afternoon and discussed with them what the book really means and about the true meaning of friendship and kindness. The students talked with Mitetsky about being a good friend, including sharing, listening and forgiving.