• First, we’re having a GREAT time with the One School-One Book program…. Getting “thank you” notes from parents already about how it’s “forcing” some family reading time that they seemed to have lost over the years.
    — Paul Marinko - Principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Since last spring, our entire school has excitedly embraced the One School, One Book Program. We will soon begin our spring selection: A Cricket in Times Square -- the third book we've adopted since the spring of 2010!

    We are so thrilled with the positive impact this program has had on our students, families, and staff
    — Laurie LaRue - First Grade Teacher at Edgewood School - Bristol, CT
  • I think the OSOB program is brilliant. My seven year-old attends Orleans Elementary in Massachusetts and they (we) are reading Masterpiece. Since the grades levels range from one to five at this school, finding a book to suit all is difficult. My daughter can follow the big picture somewhat but we have to reinforce what we’ve read because it’s a lot to take in for her.
    — Glenn Krzeminski - Parent of student at Orleans Elementary - Orleans, MA
  • The One District, One Book program promoted by Read To Them...is a powerful way to systemically address and promote a culture of literacy throughout the entire school system.

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    — Kenny Moles of West Virginia

Dominic Script

Narrator reads from podium w/ microphone.

Narrator reads paragraph 1: “Dominic was a lively one…”
Narrator reads paragraph 2: “He owned an assortment of hats…”

"Dominic" will model each of these hats and look, by turns, rakish, dashing, solemn, and martial.

[You will need four hats that suggest these effects.]

Narrator reads paragraph 3: “Too impatient to dash around saying goodbye to everyone – he hammered a note on his door.”

Dominic (speaks while hammering the note): "Dear Friends,  I am leaving in rather a hurry to see more of the world, so I have no time to say goodbye to you individually.  I embrace you all and sniff you w/ love.  I don’t know when I’ll be back.  But back I will be.  Dominic."

[A prepared, hand-lettered sign, would be great here.]

Narrator reads paragraph 4: “He locked the door and buried the key.”
Narrator reads paragraph 5: “On the second day of his journey he reached a fork in the road.”

"Dominic" will mimic “chasing his/her tail around 3 times” before “taking the road to the right.”
(Hee may have toexit the stage and then return at this point.)

Narrator reads paragraph 6: “By and by there was an incredible smell.”
This is the paragraph that introduces the witch-alligator.
“There a witch-alligator stood – resting on a cane, and looking like she had been expecting him.”

Narrator reads paragraph 7: “Dominic had never seen a witch-alligator before.”
And thus begins the dialogue btwn Dominic and the witch-alligator which comprises the remainder of the chapter.

Dominic: “Good morning!  Happy day to us all!”

Witch-Alligator: “Good morning to you.  Do you know where you’re going?”

Dominic: “Not at all. (laughs) I’m going wherever my fortune takes me.”

Witch-Alligator: “And would you like to know your fortune?  I can see the future just as clearly as I see the present – and more clearly than I can see the past.  For 25 cents I’ll reveal your immediate prospects – what is in store for you during the next few days.  For half a dollar I’ll describe the next year of your life. For a dollar, you can have your complete history, unexpurgated, from now to the finish.”

Dominic: “I’m certainly interested in my fortune.  Yet I think it would be much more fun to find out what is going to happen when it happens.  I like to be taken by surprise.”

Witch-Alligator: “Well I know everything that’s going to happen.”

Dominic says nothing.

Witch-Alligator: “Well, you are unusually wise for one so young.”

Dominic is bashful.

Witch-Alligator:  “I hope you don’t mind if I tell you this much.  That road there on the right goes nowhere.  There’s not a bit of magic up that road, no adventure, no surprise, nothing to discover or wonder at.  Even the scenery is humdrum.  You’d soon go much too introspective.  You’d take to daydreaming and tail-twiddling, get absent-minded and lazy, forget where you are and what you’re about, sleep more than you should and get wretchedly bored.  Furthermore, after a while, you’d reach a dead end and you’d have to come all that dreary way back to right here where we’re standing now, only it wouldn’t be now, it would be some woefully wasted time later.”

Dominic is listening attentively now, contemplating the information.

Witch-Alligator: “Now this road, the one on the left, this road keeps right on going, as far as anyone cares to go, and if you take it, believe me, you’ll never find yourself wondering what you might have missed by not taking the other.  Up this road, which looks the same at the beginning, but is really ever so different, things will happen that you never could have guessed at – marvellous, unbelievable things.  Up this way is where adventure is.  I’m pretty sure I know which way you’ll go.”

Narrator reads Paragraph 15: “Dominic threw her some sardines from his bandana and went off the road to the left.”

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