Saturday, April 28, 2012

Children's Book Review: This is the Teacher

This is the Teacher
This is the Teacher
Written by:  Rhonda Gowler Greene
Illustrated by: Mike Lester
Published by: Dutton Children's Books, 2004

This hilarious cumulative tale in the tradition of "The House That Jack Built" depicts a typical day at school. This is the teacher all ready for school. These are the students who rush through the door and topple the teacher all ready for school. The chaos continues and accumulates on each spread. An ant farm is tipped over, the birthday boy slips and spills his cupcakes, and then the class hamster escapes. . . . Through it all, the stalwart teacher manages to keep her cool. But, boy, is she ready for bed at the end of the day!

* Unfortunately, I took this book out of the library thinking that my daughter was familiar with the tale "The House That Jack Built."  I found out that she wasn't...."Jack who?"  "What story is that mom?"  I told her we'd have to read that one, so she wasn't able to see the similarity to that tale.  This book exaggerates quite a bit about a pretty bad school day for a teacher or a student!  It's good for kids to see though that teachers are quite tired at the end of the day (boy can I attest to that!) and that everyone has a bad day now and then.

Family Rating: So-so.

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