Because You Are My Teacher

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One devoted teacher will stop at nothing to show her class the wonders of the world. From soaring over the Great Wall of China to hang gliding in the Australian Outback, the class has all kinds of adventures, across all seven continents.
Because You Are My Teacher, a companion to Because You Are My Baby and Because I Am Your Daddy by the dynamic author-illustrator team of Sherry North and Marcellus Hall, is an exciting introduction to geography and makes a touching gift for any...
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One devoted teacher will stop at nothing to show her class the wonders of the world. From soaring over the Great Wall of China to hang gliding in the Australian Outback, the class has all kinds of adventures, across all seven continents.
Because You Are My Teacher, a companion to Because You Are My Baby and Because I Am Your Daddy by the dynamic author-illustrator team of Sherry North and Marcellus Hall, is an exciting introduction to geography and makes a touching gift for any teacher who has broadened your child’s horizons. The book includes a note about the seven continents and each of the places or creatures mentioned in the book.

Praise for Because You Are My Teacher
"A sweet sentiment and a great way to get kids pumped about school and learning—Miss Frizzle would be proud."
Kirkus Reviews

"Hall’s watercolor illustrations capture the variety of locales, from sun-drenched deserts to cool-blue oceans... children will be interested in the different modes of transportation and out-of-the-ordinary sights."
School Library Journal

"Whether reading this book on their own, or listening to it read to them, young children will certainly want to discover more about the places this teacher takes her class.”
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A teacher leads her students on an imaginative trip around the world: "If we had a schooner, we would have our class at sea/And study the Atlantic, where the great blue whales roam free." They tour the Amazon in a raft, view China's Great Wall from a hot-air balloon, and survey Australia's outback on hang gliders. Their creative land, sea, and air adventures also take them across the African savanna in an off-road truck, through Venice in a gondola, and into space in a rocket ship. The students recognize that "Our classroom is our vessel/always headed someplace new." Hall's watercolor illustrations capture the variety of locales, from sun-drenched deserts to cool-blue oceans. As in Because You Are My Baby (2008) and Because I Am Your Daddy (2010, both Abrams), the momentum is driven by the rhyming verse. Although the scansion occasionally falters ("If we had sleek ski gear, we would cross Antarctic fields/To find the spot where penguin chicks are eating their first meals"), children will be interested in the different modes of transportation and out-of-the-ordinary sights.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
North and Hall pair up for another imaginative what-if offering (Because I Am Your Daddy, 2010, etc.), this time introducing young readers to different modes of transportation. A tiny (four-student) multicultural class armchair-journeys with their teacher: "If we had a chopper, we would soar above the cone / of a rumbling volcano as it churns out liquid stone." Camels would allow the students to see the Egyptian pyramids, and an airboat would be the perfect way to see the Everglades. But this class isn't afraid to use their own muscles--cross-country skiing in Antarctica, hang gliding in the Outback and kayaking the Grand Canyon. Among others, the adventures include hot air ballooning over China's Great Wall, seeing Venice by gondola and blasting off in a rocket ship into space. North sticks to the format of the two previous titles, missing the rhythm and rhyme in only a few spots. But she neglects the perfect opportunity to plug reading as the way to see the world, instead ending with, "Our classroom is our vessel, / always headed someplace new. // Because you are our teacher, / We'll see the world with you." Hall's watercolors capture the essential elements of each destination, colors, textures and movement matching the natural world, and a comical mouse that appears in each illustration gives readers something to search for. A sweet sentiment and a great way to get kids pumped about school and learning--Miss Frizzle would be proud. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419703850
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 312,281
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherry North is the author of Because You Are My Baby and Because I Am Your Daddy, both illustrated by Marcellus Hall. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Marcellus Hall has created artwork for the New Yorker, Time, and Nick magazine, among others. He lives in New York City.

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