Fiery five-year-old Emily is semi-cooperative when her mother announces the idea of making a SPECIAL MEMORY one summer morning. She doesn’t want to get used to getting up early for kindergarten. Despite herself, Emily finds dancing in the warm rain with her older sister and mother while wearing pajamas fun until the storm changes. Emily’s mother then pulls her daughters indoors and teaches them how special memories make a difference in our lives. Emily doesn’t think a SPECIAL MEMORY will help in kindergarten until her first day when she remembers sticky wet pajamas and hair, along with warm mud squishing between her toes.
Illustrated by Adryelle Villamizar
Re-Released Date: Feb. 2021
Published by Christina Francine
Is your child fearful about going to school?
Special Memory may be able to help.
A playful, feel good story that suggests using positive memories to help in times of stress and difficulties can make a difference.
Positive memories can then provide strength and remind us “good” times will happen again.
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"Special Memory is a modest story about helping an apprehensive child overcome her worry. It sounds easy enough. Create a special memory to help balance the fear. This tender story confidently illustrates the notion in a way that will be heartening to both child and adult. Parents will thank Christina Francine for her accessible gift of wisdom, which hides a transformative life skill in its gentle pages."
— Nina Fosati, Literary Author and Editor
Special Memories contains questions and activities that can be done together after reading.
The following is a small excerpt:
Activity & Discussion Questions:
Activity About Memories
1. Share two special memories with
someone next to you, or write them down.
2. Tell or write about how the memory
makes you feel when you think of it.
3. Tell or write about a special memory you
would like to make.
4. Tell or write about when you would use
that special memory.
What special memories do you have to help you through bad times, and how do they make you feel when you remember them? (evaluation)
Can you think of a time when remembering a special memory might help you feel better? Stronger? Like everything will be okay? (application)
How are the mother and daughters alike? (comparison)
How does the main character, Emily, feel about going out into the rain? Find an illustration which supports your answer (focus on the character's facial expression/s). Find something she says (focus on words). (comprehension)
What would you do if your mother wanted to take you dancing in the rain? (application)
Which part of the story made you laugh the most? Worry the most? (analysis)
How would the story change if the lights hadn't gone out? (synthesis)
Further Learning & Help
Free to download and for non-commercial use.
Weather Forecasting Using Clouds
The weather-announcer on TV isn't the only one who can predict the weather. You can too. By reading the natural outdoor signs, you can become a weather expert! Look up at the clouds. What do they look like? Different clouds mean different weather.
There are 4 main types of clouds
1. Cirrus - Fair weather, but change could also be
about to happen.
2. Nimbostratus - Possible precipitation (rain/snow)
3. Altocumulus - Possible thunderstorms and cooler
4. Cumulus - Usually fair weather, but if they grow
tall, stormy weather might be on the way.