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Children's LiteratureAs the last day of school approaches and her students think of what they will miss, they try to find a way to cheer up their teacher, Mrs. Hartwell. For surely she will be sorry to see school end. Their final gift is a sentimental farewell poem, listing everything they will miss from the year past, particularly "you." Leaving on the school bus, they picture how sad all the teachers must be to see them go. Of course, in the end, we smile as we learn better! Ink and transparent dyes create double-page scenes filled with the details of an overactive classroom, in particular action-packed portraits of the students and their much-loved teacher. Don't miss Josh's "baloney special" dribbling its contents, Eddie's expression as he aims the spray from the water fountain at his mates, or the contrast between what the students imagine and what actually happens after they leave. A great way to end the school year with both nostalgia and happy anticipation of summer vacation. 2006, Charlesbridge, and Ages 5 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz