In Trouble with Teacher

In Trouble with Teacher

by Patricia Brennan Demuth, True Kelley

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Though good at writing and art (and a star baseball player to boot), Montgomery is anxious about this Friday's spelling test. He does not spell well, did not study, and is sure he will be scolded by his demanding third-grade teacher, Mrs. Wix. Feeling Montgomery's anxiety, readers are as surprised as he is at not being admonished and embarrassed; the boy does not make excuses and Mrs. Wix offers only help and encouragement. Kelley's cartoon-style, black-and-white drawings provide humor and visual breaks. If newly independent readers can get past the worrisome title, they will enjoy a fun read, and might even gain new insight into succeeding at school.-Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Hazel Rochman
Kids who panic at the thought of a classroom test and a strict teacher will be touched by this chapter book with its cheerful cartoon drawings. Montgomery has trouble with spelling. He writes great stories, but his new third-grade teacher gives them back with so many red marks that it looks like his paper has the measles. He tries to study--even gives up an exciting baseball game--but the weekly spelling test overwhelms him. What if he flunks and everyone knows and he feels like a bug in the classroom? Words and pictures get the details right for the grade-school scene, the friendships, and the jokes as well as the tension. And reassurance comes not with Montgomery miraculously learning to spell, but with the acceptance that failure doesn't mean the end of everything. The teacher helps; she gets him a Spell Check; and he can relax and enjoy the ballgame with all his friends.

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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