Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Dear Mrs. Hutchinson's Class

Dear Mrs. Hutchinson's Class,

I had the nicest surprise waiting for me in my mailbox yesterday. It was a big envelope stuffed with letters from all of you! I hurried back to my house, made a cup of tea, and settled in to read each one of the wonderful notes you had sent me.




When I wrote Ting Ting I wasn't quite sure who would end up reading it. But I knew who I hoped would read it. I wanted it to be children just like you. Some of you came to Canada from other countries, just like Ting Ting. Some of you have parents who came to Canada from other countries. And some of you have friends who immigrated here, so you're like Ting Ting's friend Hannah.

You asked me some questions, so I will try to answer them as best I can.

Q: Can I please write more books?

A: I have written one more book since I wrote Ting Ting. It's called The Moment, and one of you mentioned in your letter to me that you are reading it.

Q: How did the grandfather get sick? Did he get a disease?

A: Ting Ting's grandfather was very old. He didn't have a disease, just a tired heart.

Q: Why did Ting Ting's family go to Canada?

A: Ting Ting's father was studying in Canada. Canada offered him the chance to live here permanently, and so her parents decided it would be a good place for Ting Ting to grow up. It was a very hard decision for them to make.

Q: Has this happened to me before?

A: I'm an immigrant myself. It was much easier for me than it was for Ting Ting though. I came here as an adult, and from a country where English is spoken, so I didn't have to learn a new language.

Q: Where did I get the idea?

A: The story idea came from someone I know who immigrated here from China when she was Ting Ting's age. Like Ting Ting, she stayed with an aunt for many months while waiting to join her parents, who were already in Canada. She had to learn English, just like Ting Ting. And there were many people who were kind to her, just like in the story.

Q: Did Ting Ting go back to China?

A: The real Ting Ting stayed in Canada. But she has gone back to China many times to visit her family. Here's a picture of her taken several years ago when we were visiting China. She's eating the stick candy you read about in the book.




Q: How did the story end?

A: The real life Ting Ting grew up and became a doctor. She also married my oldest son, and is now a mom to her own little girl, my granddaughter Lucy. If you look on the side bar of my blog you can see a picture of them under the names "Karsten and Diana."

That you so much for your wonderful letters. I loved each and every one of them. I could tell you put so much hard work into writing them. Mrs. Hutchinson must be very proud of all of you!

Best wishes,

Kristie Hammond





28 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, what an amazing story! Wow!! That really made me feel a little choked up. What a family you have. Isn't it wonderful in today's world where everything is instant communication, Mrs Henderson took the time and great effort with the children to write you letters. What a special package In the mail! You must be so thrilled! Fergus is definitely on duty safeguarding them.

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  2. How lovely to get letters from all the children- that must have made your day. Ted, Pop and I are thrilled to see Fergus in the picture too! xx

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  3. That must have been a great thrill to receive all of those letters. A remarkable story heartwarming.

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  4. I enjoyed hearing the answers to the children's questions and seeing Fergus, too. It must be really fun to get fan mail! ☺

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  5. How absolutely lovely to hear from the children who had read your book. Wonderful. CJ xx

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  6. Thank you so much for writing about us. We are so happy and excited to see your blog. Mrs. Hutchinson's class.

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  7. How wonderful!!!! It is so great to hear about your correspondence with the children!!! xx

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  8. Oh how wonderful :) thank you for sharing your letters from the children :)

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  9. It is great to get thank you cards from school children, isn't it? I have to find and read your book now.

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  10. How wonderful that the children are still reading and writing to you, well done

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  11. Oh Kristie, how lovely for you! I especially love the questions and answers :)

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  12. That's a cheerful lovely read to enjoy with my morning coffee. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. It did my heart good to read this. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. The answer to that last question! It warmed my heart, what a fantastic real life story. Thank you so much for sharing this :) I hope you have a wonderful day.

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  16. How wonderful! Thanks for sharing with all of us :)

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  17. This is really nice, Kristie. I'm so glad the kids enjoyed your book and had such thought-provoking questions for you. I think your books are wonderful.

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  18. This is the best post. I just love it and I love the story, it has such a great ending!
    Meredith

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  19. I am very happy for you Kristie! I can only imagine how wonderful those letters were to receive!!! How rewarding for an author.

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  20. This is so wonderful Kristie! What a thrill to receive all those letters...I'm now wondering about your second book and what real life stories may be in that one :-) x

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  21. This is a lovely post, Kristie. You must have been thrilled to receive the children's letters. I am half-way through reading Ting Ting and am enjoying it very much. It was exciting for me when she went to Stanley Park, where I was last week with you!! Sorry for the late comment - I have been off-line a few days. xx

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  22. What a sweet post! I'm sure it means so much to those children that you would write back and answer their questions!

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  23. you are loved, the q and a was interesting and I love how you told a story!! I believe you have many more stories deep inside you :)

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  24. It's great you were able to write this story!

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  25. Oh I did enjoy this, it's so satisfyingly universal, yet also quite specific (which sentence makes sense to me but now I look at may read like gobbledygook to anyone else). Thank you Mrs Hutchinson's class for reading my friends books and for inspiring her to write this post

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  26. What a great story. Thanks for sharing.

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