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  ”somebody loves you, mr. hatch”
                         By Eileen Spinelli & Paul Yalowitz
                    Watch online video of actor Hector Elizondo
                 reading this story at

This warmhearted tale examines the effect that
love and tender regard can have on a lackluster
existence. Mr. Hatch is a drab, predictable gentle-
man who leads a painfully ordered and uninterest-
ing life. One Valentine’s Day a giant candy-filled
heart is delivered to Mr. Hatch with a note that
reads, “Somebody loves you.” Just the thought
of someone taking an interest in him completely
changes the way Mr. Hatch interacts with his
neighbors and co-workers. The newly adorable
gentleman becomes so much a part of the peo-
ples lives that when it is disclosed that the heart
was delivered by mistake, his friends and neigh-
bors rally around him in a loving demonstration.

1. Tell or write a list of things Mr. Hatch    Themes addressed in this book for
did each day.                                  discussion and additional books on
                                               these themes:
2. Tell or write how Mr. Hatch’s life
changed after he received the Valentine        Kindness
package.                                       “Pink and Say” by Patricia Polacco
                                               “Chester’s Way” by Kevin Henkes
3. Tell or write a list of the nice things     “Horton Hatches The Egg” by Dr. Seuss
Mr. Hatch did for others.                      “Miss Spider’s Tea Party” by David Kirk

4. Mr. Hatch was worried about Mr.             Sharing
Goober, the postman’s supervisor.              “A Chair for My Mother” by Vera Williams
Tell or write about why this was so.           “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister
What would you have done in this same          “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” by John
situation?                                     Steptoe

5. Find 3 sentences in “Somebody Loves
You, Mr. Hatch” that tell about the nice
things Mr. Hatch does for others. Write
these sentences on a piece of paper and
discuss them with someone.

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                                                    3. Have your “Brownie and Lemonade
                                                    Celebration” by sharing them with
Brownie and Lemonade Celebration:                   the important people in your life.

Mr. Hatch makes brownies and lemonade for           4. After your “Brownie and Lemonade
his friends. Plan your own “Brownie and Lem-        Celebration” write a newspaper article about
onade Celebration.” Here are recipes for you        your party. Include photographs or pictures
to use.                                             you draw with your written article.

Best Lemonade Ever:                                 Describe your “Brownie and Lemonade
                                                    Celebration” in a cinquain or Haiku.
1 3/4 cups white sugar
8 cups water                                        A Cinquain is a form of poetry with five
1 1/2 cups lemon juice                              lines, written using a recipe. The words you
                                                    choose and the form they take on paper are
1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1         an important part of the writing.
cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve
sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature,           Here’s the recipe:
then cover and refrigerate until chilled.           Line 1: one word to name the subject
2.Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave          Line 2: two words to describe the subject
pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup,      Line 3: three action words about the
lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.                     subject
                                                    Line 4: a four or five word phrase
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies:                           describing the subject (a thought,
                                                            not a complete sentence)
3/4 c flour                                         Line 5: one word that means the same thing
1 tbsp. Unsweetened cocoa                                   as the first word, or a word that
       PLUS                                                 sums it all up
1 tsp. Unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. Baking powder                                Here’s an example:
1/8 tsp. Salt
3 eggs                                                                 Dog
1/4 cup peanut butter                                               Fluffy, playful
       PLUS                                                    Running, rolling, licking
1 tbsp. Peanut butter                                            A bundle of energy
1 tsp. Vanilla                                                        Canine
1 tbsp. Oil
1/4 c Yogurt                                        A Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry which
12 tsp. Sugar                                       looks simple, but is really very structured
                                                    with rules for the way you write it. In English,
Preheat oven to 350 degrees                         Haiku consists of 17 syllables, which are ar-
                                                    ranged in three lines.
In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking
powder and salt. In another bowl, combine           Here’s the recipe:
remaining ingredients. Beat on low speed            Line 1: 5 syllables
until well blended. Stir in dry ingredients by      Line 2: 7 syllables
hand until well moistened. Place in 8-inch          Line 3: 5 syllables
square pan that has been sprayed with non-
stick cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes. Cool          Here’s an example:
in pan, cut into squares to serve.
                                                           Spring goes, summer comes
1. Make invitations and give them to your                 With the warm heat from the sun
family and friends.                                            Swimming, picnics fun!

2. Use these recipes to make brownies and           Now, describe your “Brownie and Lemonade
lemonade.                                           Celebration” in a cinquain or Haiku!

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Helpful resource books for your writing:
                                                 Internet Activities
“Hailstones and Halibut Bones” by Mary
O’Neill                                          The main character in Somebody Loves You,
                                                 Mr. Hatch changes through the story in the
“My Many Color Days” by Dr. Seuss
                                                 way he acts with the other people in the story.
“Picasso the Green Tree Frog” by Amanda          He begins to “show his heart” as he exhibits
Graham                                           more acts of kindness to the people in his life.

Other books you might enjoy about the
topics in Somebody Loves You, Mr.                Go to
Hatch:                                           Caring.html and answer about yourself “Are
                                                 You a Caring Person?”
“The Day It Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond
                                                 If you answered “False” to any item(s), what
“Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge”              could you do to make your answer(s) “True”?
       by Mem Fox

“Gloria’s Way” by Ann Cameron
                                                 Go to http://www.personal-development.
“The Mysterious Valentine” by Nancy Carlson      com/chuck/kindness.htm and scroll down to
                                                 “Advice from John Wesley”. Read what John
“The Ballad of Valentine” by Alison Jackson
                                                 Wesley wrote.
“Tomas and the Library Lady” by Pat Mora
                                                 Describe in your own words what he meant.
“Something Beautiful”                            How did Mr. Hatch exemplify this behavior?
     by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
                                                 Share your answers with someone.
“Flower Garden” by Eve Bunting

“Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy
       Valentine” by Barbara Park

“Sarah Plain and Tall” by Patricia MacLaughlin

“Dear Mr. Blueberry” by Simon James

“A Letter to Amy” by Ezra Jack Keats

“Letters from Felix” by Annette Langen
“The Jolly Postman or Other People’s
        Letters” by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

“Click, Clack, Moo” by Doreen Cronin

“Giggle, Giggle, Quack” by Doreen Cronin

“Diary of a Worm” by Doreen Cronin

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Eileen Spinelli was born in Pennsylvania,                      Stage,film,
and she sill lives there with her husband.                     and television
Both of them are writers, and Eileen says                      actor Hector
that their house “is overflowing with books                    Elizondo
and papers.” When their children are at                        was born on
home, their house is overflowing with                          December
people! Besides writing, Eileen enjoys flea                    22, 1936,
markets, garage sales, gardening, and vis-                     in New York’s
iting New England.                                             Upper West
                                                               Side. He
Other books by Eileen Spinelli:                                attended public
The Perfect Thanksgiving                                       and also took
Thanksgiving at the Tappleton’s                                voice lessons. He was quite an athlete; his
Sophie’s Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale                          high school baseball skill was so good he
When Mama Comes Home Tonight                                   was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In
Three Pebbles and a Song                                       1954, Hector went to the City College of New
Night Shift Daddy                                              York, wanting to become a history teacher.
Boy, Can He Dance                                              He made the transition from acting on the
Six Hogs on a Scooter                                          stage to movies, and since 1970 has been
If You Want to Find Golden                                     in over 80 movies and TV-movies. Among
La Obra Maestra de Sofia: Un Cuento de                         his TV credits are, “Chicago Hope” and
Aranas                                                         the miniseries “The Burden of Proof.” In
Whales                                                         addition to acting, Hector Elizondo is an
Sharks                                                         accomplished guitarist, singer and dancer.
Zoo Animals

Paul Yalowitz is the acclaimed illustrator
of a number of children’s books, including
“The Spooky Eerie Night Noise” by Mona
Raburn Reeves. He lives in Brentwood, New

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