For those who don't know her, Meli is Irene Fountas's dog who has been featured in a series of leveled books from the Leveled Literacy Intervention System. Over the years, she has become a beloved icon for students and teachers working with LLI. Many classrooms have even sent in fan mail! This is the first in a series of blogs where Meli is taking time out from her busy schedule of chasing squirrels, barking at birds, and napping to answer some of your questions. But first, here's a recent Q & A to help you get to know her a little better. [more]
Q: How do you pronounce your name, Meli?
: It is pronounced Mell-ee, like the word "belly" or "smelly!"
Q: Are you a male or a female dog?
: I am a female dog.
Q: What kind of dog are you?
: I am a West Highland White Terrier, also known as a "Westie" for short. My ancestors originally came all the way from Scotland!
Q: How old are you?
: I just turned 11 years old.
Q: Who do you live with and where?
: I live with my owner, Irene Fountas. We live in Massachusetts where it's starting to get cold and soon the snow will come. I love to run around in the snow!
Q: What is your favorite treat?
: There isn't much I don't like to eat, but my favorite treat is cantaloupe!
Q: Are you also the dog in the Sam and Jessie books from LLI?
: Yes, that's me! It's a cartoon version of me.
Meli has received many letters from her fans, so she will take time each month to answer her letters here on www.fountasandpinnell.com. If you have any questions for Meil you can send letters to Meli c/o The Fountas & Pinnell Team, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. You can also post questions on the Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Facebook page, or submit questions via Twitter @FountasPinnell with the hashtag #FPAskMeli.