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In the story Dear Daddy... by Phillipe Dupasquier, a little girl named Sophie misses her daddy who's working on a cargo ship bound for Hong Kong. She writes a letter telling him all about what's going on at home. 

During Reading Workshop, we talked a lot about the characters' feelings and how we would feel if we were apart from a family member. Then we decided to write each other letters. Half of us pretended to be Daddy and wrote back after getting a letter from Sophie. It was really hard work, but fun, to think and write like a character in the story.

Dear Daddy, Dear Sophie,
Dear Daddy,
When you look down at the sea do you see a lot of sea creatures? Right now its winter. Me and Timmy are playing in the snow a lot. We made a cat out of snow. It is really nice. It looks just like our cat. We put spray paint on it to make it colorful but it went in the snow. Timmy and I surprised Mom. She loved it very much. She got a scarf and some buttons. We left it there until it melted. It melted when the sun came out. I went outside to play. I wish you can play with me. But you are too far away from me.
Your daughter,
Sophie (Melissa)
Dear Sophie,
It is very HOT on the ship. The water is almost boiling. I am almost in Hong Kong. I will be home soon. I am not on duty. When I am in Hong Kong it will be summer then I will be on duty. I will be back in a month or so. I stared a Chapter book but I finished it before I arrived in Hong Kong. I bought a weaving kit and I wove a pillow for you! I miss you very much.
From Dad (David B.)
Dear Daddy,
I had a birthday party. All my friends came except for Jacky, she had chicken pox. Mommy made a chocolate cake. I had a good time. I hope you are having a good time on your ship. I miss you a lot. I hope you are not sick because I love you. Are you seasick? Some men from the music shop brought back the old piano. Mommy is very happy. When you come home we will have so much fun. At nighttime we can look at the stars. You are the best father I ever had.
Your daughter,
Sophie  (Nura)
Dear Sophie,
I am sorry that I could not come to your birthday party. Was the cake good? I miss you very much. You are the best daughter! When it's nighttime we see the beautiful sunset. We eat good food here. Are Timmy and you all right because I love you. It is HOT here in Hong Kong.
Love,
Your Daddy  (Matthew)
Dear Daddy,
It is snowing and Timmy is playing in the snow with me. Timmy and I made a big snowman. Mommy bought Timmy and I great new snowpants and shiny red boots. Mommy bought Timmy new blue boots. We made snow angels. We went sleigh riding on our big sled. We miss you lots, lots, lots, lots, lots, lots, lots, lots, and lots. Are you ok? What kind of ship is it? Christmas is coming. Are you going to be here for Christmas? Timmy is get sick because I think we played in the snow to long outside. We need help. Please come home as soon as you can.
Love,
Sophie (Jenna)
Dear Sophie,
I am ok, are you? I really miss you a lot. I am on a very long ship. It has a lot of stuff on it too. I am not going to be back for Christmas but I got a gift for you. I will not be home because I am in Hong Kong and I am going to be here for a very long time. I think I am going to be back in summer. I really miss you. I am going to go swimming with my friends right now. I am having a lot of fun. I wish you could come with me.
Your father,
Daddy (Jamie)
Dear Daddy,
It is very cold and Timmy is sick. Dr. Rush came and looked in Timmy's mouth. Now Timmy is better. We built a snowman, he is big. I built a snow dog. Timmy and I made stuff for it. Timmy, me and mommy went shopping. I got a coat and hat and hot chocolate. We are saving the last hot chocolate for you.
Your daughter,
Sophie (Carolyn)
Dear Sophie,
I am in Hong Kong. It is very, very hot. There are small ships here. The cranes are lifting off the cargo. I took a picture before we left. I got you something. You will like it a lot. We ran into a big storm. The waves got rough. I got a little scared. I miss you so much.
Yours,
Dad (Vinny)
Dear Daddy,
School has started again. The garden is full of dead leaves. The teacher showed me on a big map where you are going on your ship. She said it was a very long way. I wish you were home again. It's a long time after my birthday. The family and I miss you lots and lots. I started a new school and my teacher's name is Mrs. Saso. She is a great teacher. I wish you could meet her. I wish you were home with me. I hope you come home by Christmas Eve and the new year! I miss you lots and lots!
Your daughter,
Sophie (Silena)
Dear Sophie,
It is summer on the ship. I see funny boats. I see a city. I think about you all the time. I am missing you. I paint the deck and when I get a break I look at the sea and read a book. I work and work. Are you ok? Is your brother ok too? I am coming home in the summer.
Your Dad,
Daddy (Arun)
Dear Daddy,
I had a great birthday party. All of my friends came except for Jacky -she had chicken-pox. Mommy made a chocolate cake. I hope you are having a good time on your ship. I really miss you. I hope you come home quick. Timmy got a new tooth. Mommy said Timmy will be walking soon. Mr. Green the gardener came to trim the hedge over the summer. I hope you are not sick. We think about you all the time. I hope you are well. Is it hot there? I hope you are coming home soon because I really miss you. Do you miss me?
Love your Daughter,
Sophie (Danielle)
Dear Sophie,
I am going to Hong Kong. It is very hot. We have to do a lot of work to go to Hong Kong. We are having good meals because of the chef. It is raining cats and dogs. How was your birthday? Did you have a lot of fun? I miss you lot. I got a gift for you. We are having a great time. Are you having good time? We are leaving Hong Kong and I'm coming home. I will see you then.
Your friend,
Daddy (David Y.)
Dear Daddy,
It is winter here. I hope you come home because Timmy is sick and he wants you. After Timmy woke- up he was feeling better so Timmy and I played in the snow. We made a snowman but Timmy pushed it down. Both of our boots fell off in the snow so Mommy brought us to get some shiny new boots. Timmy got green boots and I got black boots. Mommy got pink boots too. Christmas is coming soon and Timmy, Mommy and I got you a Christmas present for you when you come home. How is your trip? I hope you're having fun. I really, really miss you. I love you.
Love,
Your daughter Sophie (Stacey)
Dear Sophie,
How are you? I will come home soon I hope Timmy gets better. Don't cry I will make another snowman with you. But not with Timmy because he will push the snowman again, and Mom, I went swimming too! The water is cold, too. I am coming home. I love you too!
Love,
Your father ( Jonathan)
Dear Daddy,
Spring is just about over. It's getting sooo hot. Mommy bought me new shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits. I love them all! I miss you sooo much. Timmy's got a new tooth. He's got six altogether now. Mommy says he'll soon be walking. I hope you are well. Mr. Green, the gardener came to trim the hedge today. We went shopping. You are probably wondering what we got you. Mommy said not to tell if I'm writing you a letter. (which I am writing you a letter right now). So, how are you? I am fine. I love you so much, and wherever you are, I know I'll always be with you.
Your daughter,
Sophie (Lara)
Dear Sophie,
It is very hot here because it is summer. In Hong Kong many people own boats. I got you a present it' is very special. I can't wait to give it to you. It's a doll from Hong Kong.
Love,
Your Daddy, (John)
Dear Daddy,
It is snowing and Timmy is sick. Dr. Ruch looked at Timmy's mouth. But he felt better. So he went outside and he had to button up. He wanted me to come outside so I had to. We had a snowball fight together that was fun. But it was very cold outside. After that we went inside for hot chocolate with marshmallows. I hope you come home soon because we all miss you so much. How long have you been gone? I got new red boots. I really like the red boots. Timmy and I made a snow dog. That was fun. We took a picture so you could see it when you come home.
Your daughter,
Sophie (Olivia)
Dear Sophie,
We are starting to load the boat again. I am swimming in the sea. I am going to get you a new toy doll. There are a lot of seagulls in Hong Kong. I took a picture of me next to the sea, my boat, and the seagulls. It is not snowing here. I am sorry that Timmy is sick. I miss you too. I have been gone for 6 months.
Love,
Your father (Chris)
Dear Daddy,
I am having a lot of fun. It is summer. Mom is teaching me how to follow the stars if I'm ever lost. I miss you and the stars are like crystals in the sky. Mom is good, I am good too. How are you doing ? I am having an excellent time at school. My teacher, Miss Taverna, is good. We have a contest at the YMCA. Whoever wins the race of ten laps around the gym wins a toy. I hope that you write back soon. I want to play with you but I can't because you're too far from me. Tim misses you. We all do.
Your daughter,
Sophie (Robert)
Dear Sophie,
I am having a lot of fun at Hong-Kong. What are you doing at school? I made a new friend and his name is David P. When I get home I have a present for you. I'll give you this little hint. The first letter is "d". See if you can guess what it stands for. If you do guess, send me a letter of the words you guessed.
Love,
Daddy (Kathryn)
Dear Daddy,
It is almost Christmas. Mommy, Timmy and I miss you lots and lots. I cannot even sleep. Nobody can sleep because we all miss you. I can't stop thinking about you. How big is your ship? Do you like riding on a ship? I bet it is fun. I wish I could ride on a ship. I would like it a lot and I mean a lot! I hope you bring me a present and for Timmy too. Don't forget Mom. Timmy is sick. The Doctor came to see Timmy. We bought you a present. When are you coming home? We miss you.
Love,
Sophie (Marcello)
 

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