Compelling wordless picture book about a man wrongly put in prison for his beliefs. This is told in a way that children can understand - the red circles and the blue squares are the two sides in this book. This book will spark some wonderful discussion on your elementary or middle school classroom.
Told entirely through illustrations, Letters to a Prisoner is a wordless story about the power of hope and the written word. Inspired by Amnesty International’s letter-writing campaigns to help free people who have been jailed for expressing their opinion, the book tells the story of a man who is arrested during a peaceful protest. In solitary confinement, he begins to despair―until a bird delivers a letter of support written by somebody outside the prison. Every day more missives arrive until the prisoner escapes his fate on wings made of letters.
Simple illustrations convey plenty of rich symbolism to provoke thought and discussion. A letter from the author provides more information about Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign.
I have created 19 NO PREP book extension activities for this book.
Cover Story (Pre-Reading Activity)
Let’s Take a Picture Walk (2 Activities)
I Wonder… Formulating Questions
Comprehension Questions Answer Key
Important Events of the Story
Making Connections: Text to Self
Making Connections: Text to Text
Making Connections: Text to World
What do you think? Writing Activity
Letters to a Prisoner 1-2-3 (Identifying Problem and Solution)
Letters to a Prisoner 3-2-1