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Letter: Column on walruses served as teaching opportunity for students

I just wanted to commend Julia O’Malley on the beautifully written piece about the orphaned baby walruses at the SeaLife Center in Seward (“Two flippers to hold you,” Oct. 10). It was a wonderful coincidence that my students and I had just reviewed different types of sentences, like simile, metaphor, personification, and onomatopoeia. Her colorful descriptions of these adorable creatures made for a great teaching opportunity.

The pictures that accompanied the article drew many “ahhs” from the kids as we read the story. The detailed descriptions really allowed us to feel like we were there with them. I’ll admit to even getting a little choked up when I thought of these two orphans heading off to new places all alone. It’s too bad they couldn’t stay together.

Thanks for an entertaining and educational piece.

— Janna Walker

Anchorage