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John Hancock Club

by Louise Borden, Adam Gustavson
     
 

Sean McFerrin and his third grade class in Room 121 can't wait to learn how to write in cursive handwriting.

Their teacher, Mrs. Tovani, promises that whoever learns to use a legible and elegant cursive will be inducted into the John Hancock Club. Joining a club sounds exciting, but who is John Hancock?

As Sean and his classmates practice

Overview

Sean McFerrin and his third grade class in Room 121 can't wait to learn how to write in cursive handwriting.

Their teacher, Mrs. Tovani, promises that whoever learns to use a legible and elegant cursive will be inducted into the John Hancock Club. Joining a club sounds exciting, but who is John Hancock?

As Sean and his classmates practice cursive writing, they also learn about John Hancock, a patriot in the American Revolution who had a very special signature and who was cheered in an extraspecial way:

"Huzzah! Huzzah!"

Will Sean's cursive ever be good enough for him to join a club named after such an important man? The surprises in store for Sean and his friends make for the best third grade year ever! Huzzah!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3
Most of the children in Sean's class have been looking forward to third grade and learning cursive writing. Sean, however, is worried that third grade is "going to take a lot more thinking than second grade had." Nevertheless, he soon becomes excited about his classroom activities. His teacher tells the children about John Hancock and explains that they will be invited to join "The John Hancock Club" when they have mastered cursive. The text is written in short segments and bursts of dialogue to engage reluctant and transitional readers. One quibble: the Caucasian principal and teacher are called Mr. Meeker and Mrs. Tovani, while the African-American cook is simply Rose to both students and teachers. Gustavson's vibrant watercolor illustrations depict a multiethnic group of students and pleasant school scenes. Mr. Meeker is shown getting into the Hancock spirit with his tricorn hat and American-flag tie. Real examples of cursive are incorporated into the page design. The back jacket helpfully features a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence. Borden provides gentle lessons about how new skills take practice to master and how worrying about something can be worse than actually doing it. Many children will relate to Sean's experience.
—Lucinda Snyder WhitehurstCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Borden's latest school-related book tackles the excitement and nervousness that surrounds every third-grader learning to write in cursive. Sean is particularly nervous, as he already finds school difficult. But his fears are allayed as the class learns letter by letter, practicing until they achieve perfection. Mrs. Tovani motivates her class with tantalizing hints about induction into the John Hancock Club for all those with beautiful penmanship. As the class gets closer to mastering cursive, they begin learning all about who John Hancock was, researching facts and, of course, writing them down in their neatest handwriting. Then comes the wonderful day when they sign the paper with a feather quill and ink, thereby officially becoming members. Borden and Gustavson each capture perfectly the combination of emotions of a new school year. The familiar watercolor illustrations will resound with students everywhere. A good addition to themes on school. (Picture book. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416918134
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. She taught first graders and preschoolers and later was a part-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children’s books, she also speaks regularly to young students about the writing process. Her books include Good Luck, Mrs. K!, which won the Christopher Medal, and The A+ Custodian. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you can visit her at LouiseBorden.com.

Adam Gustavson is a graduate of Rowan University and the Master of Fine Arts Illustration program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to illustrating picture books, he currently teaches at Passaic County Community College and Seton Hall University. He lives and paints in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife, their children, several guitars, and a ferret named Gracie.

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