SHIRLEY — Judging by her passport, it’s safe to say Cathy Nacke, a third-grade teacher at Lura A. White School, loves to travel.

Her passport is filled with stamps from England, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Israel, Egypt, Portugal and Spain.

Nacke recently brought that love of traveling to her classroom. She had each of her students pick a book about another country, that takes place in another country or is about a person in another country and do a unique report on it.

The culmination of the month-long task had to be a “report” that demonstrated the students’ knowledge of the novels. Each child had to create a giant-sized postcard to send to the author of the book they read telling them what they liked about it.

“This is really a multi-purpose assignment,” said Nacke. “They had to master how to write a letter in proper form, they had to read a book, they had to write about it, and they had to create a postcard picture for the front of their project. I like to make each monthly book report different and exciting for the kids.”

Each of the children brought in their postcards Oct. 30 and presented them to their classmates, teacher and Principal Suzanne Mahoney. The students picked a variety of books, but the most popular series was Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Treehouse books. Each one of Osborne’s books involves an adventure that happens in different parts of the world.

Third-grader Nicholas Dentino read about Egypt.

“I liked this book so much, I think I want to write a book about Egypt,” he said.

Dentino created his own stamp to put on his fictitious postcard. In the center of the stamp is the Statue of Liberty.

“I thought it would be good to have that stamp because I’m from the United States,” he said.

Jenna Bailey also concentrated on Egypt. She read Mary Pope Osborne’s “Mummies and Pyramids.” On her postcard picture, she drew a detailed picture of King Tut’s mask.

Nacke said she saw the actual mask that Bailey drew when she was in Egypt this past summer, and Bailey’s likeness was very realistic.

“I liked this book so much that I would have read the book anyway even if I didn’t have to,” Bailey wrote in her letter to Osborne.

At the end of the presentations, Mahoney thanked the children for allowing her to see and listen to their hardwork.

“Thank you for this wonderful trip around the world that I didn’t need a passport for,” she said. “You should be proud of your reading, the work you did and the patience you displayed when listening to your classmates’ presentations.”

Nacke said she’s pleased with the outcome of the project.

“Projects like this get the children reading and get them to think about far-away places,” she said. “Even if you can’t travel extensively, you can visit and experience exotic places in the pages of a book.”