Miss Fox's Class Gets it Wrong

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When Miss Fox's class sees Officer Blue leading Miss Fox into the police station, they think their beloved teacher has been arrested! When Miss Fox's mysterious behavior leads them to believe she's preparing to run away from the law, her students confront her. But she wasn't planning to run away. She and Offer Blue are preparing to get married and go on their honeymoon! Boy, oh boy, did Miss Fox's class get it wrong!
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When Miss Fox's class sees Officer Blue leading Miss Fox into the police station, they think their beloved teacher has been arrested! When Miss Fox's mysterious behavior leads them to believe she's preparing to run away from the law, her students confront her. But she wasn't planning to run away. She and Offer Blue are preparing to get married and go on their honeymoon! Boy, oh boy, did Miss Fox's class get it wrong!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Brenda Sowry
A lesson taught creatively is a lesson to be remembered by children and adults alike! Who has not been on either the giving or receiving end of a rumor and gossip mill when erroneous conclusions are drawn? Animals in human situations are always a favorite with young children and Kennedy's illustrations are delightful. Through the pictures, young non-readers can follow and begin to comprehend the story as it is being read to them. In this fifth book of the "Miss Fox's Class" series, Officer Blue Fox speaks about safety to Miss Fox's students. Young Bear observes Officer Blue Fox stop Miss Fox on her bike and concludes she must have broken a safety rule. Students begin noticing all the interactions between Officer Blue Fox and Miss Fox outside the classroom. Student after student reports the events to other class members. They decide that Miss Fox must be in trouble with the law and to avoid going to jail, she is running away. When Miss Fox enters the classroom with Officer Blue, the class can no longer contain itself. They advise her that they will visit her in jail. To the children's surprise, Miss Fox announces that she and Officer Blue Fox are getting married. The lesson: do not spread rumors and gossip about people and know the facts before you draw conclusions. Reviewer: Brenda Sowry
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—The rumor mill runs strong in Miss Fox's class when a student spots the teacher being led into the police station by Officer Blue Fox. As the pair are spotted more and more often in different locations throughout town, the children become convinced that Miss Fox is a fugitive from the law about to make her escape to Hawaii. The truth, as most adults will surmise by the second page, is that Miss Fox and Officer Blue Fox are getting married and planning a honeymoon in the islands. When the youngsters finally confront their teacher, rumors are put to rest and celebration ensues. All of the students attend the wedding, during which the new Mrs. Fox imparts these words of wisdom: "Use your imagination for your schoolwork-not for rumors and gossip. Make sure you have all the facts straight before you start telling stories about others." Fans of this series will enjoy this adventure, although the text is a bit long. Still, it will serve as a good discussion starter. For a version of this lesson for younger children, suggest Holly Keller's Help! A Story of Friendship (HarperCollins, 2007).—Jasmine Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
When her class starts to see Miss Fox in the frequent company of Officer Blue Fox, rumors start to fly that their teacher is in trouble with the law. Young Bear sees the officer stop Miss Fox on her bike. He tells his classmates. Then Frog sees the policeman escorting his teacher into the police station. He shares, as well. And when the class starts seeing the pair together more often, the rumors and gossip really get going. They wonder why she is in so much trouble--after all, "Miss Fox believe[s] in peace. And in recycling." They spy her in a floppy red hat and sunglasses "disguise" and then spot her placing a suitcase in her car. But the straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back is the travel brochure on Miss Fox's desk. They rush to assure their beloved teacher (who is accompanied by Officer Blue Fox!) that they will visit her in jail. Adults, and some children, will see the resolution coming a mile away. But their teacher cannot leave for her honeymoon without one last lesson about getting all the facts straight before spreading stories about other people. Kennedy's anthropomorphized multi-species cast of characters is as charming and expressive as ever, especially when envisioning Miss Fox in black-and-white stripes. Sly clues sprinkled throughout point readers to the big reveal at the end. This lesson on gossip and rumors goes down like a spoonful of sugar. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807551653
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 641,877
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers including Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class and Miss Fox's Class Goes Green. Eileen and her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, live in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Anne Kennedy has been illustrating children's books for twenty-eight years. Her books include When Posey Peeked at Christmas and Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class. Anne and her husband, Jack, live in Ohio.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    A great story to teach kids about the harmfulness of gossip

    Ever since Officer Blue Fox came to visit Miss Fox's class, rumors have started! Bear saw Officer Blue Fox stop Miss Fox on her bike; she must have done something wrong! The students start to see Miss Fox around town doing strange things like getting a disguise of a big hat and sunglasses. When they find evidence that she is leaving town they all conclude she is going to jail and needs to escape! Do the children have it right or are they guilty of spreading too much gossip?

    Why I liked this book - I love the message of this book and it is a good one to teach. It is so important not to start rumors and not to gossip about people. Gossip is a kind of bullying and I think that maybe some kids don't understand that. I also love the way Mrs. Spinelli tells stories. She has a very important message in this book, but it is mixed with a lot of humor and it is told in a very kid-friendly way. I also like the funny illustrations (especially all the shocked looks on Miss Fox's student's faces! I think teachers could use this book in their classrooms to teach their students about how gossip can be harmful. I think kids 5+ will enjoy like LOVE this book!

    **NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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