Ling, a young girl from China, has sent your child a letter. Like many girls her age, Ling helps her parents with household chores, practices piano, and dreams of one day becoming a musician. Using the letter outline given, encourage your first grader to write a letter back to Ling about her own life in the U.S. Not only does writing to pen pals help boost kids' writing skills and hand control, it also helps them see how kids around the world are just like them.

Check out My Penpal from India and My Penpal from Japan for more penpal fun.