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Posted December 7, 2013
Miss Smith is a teacher unlike any other. She reads stories to her class just like every other teacher. The difference is, when she reads from her magic storybook, the characters come to life. In this story, her class is taking a field trip to the aquarium. Miss Smith reads to them stories about the ocean. They find themselves on a grand adventure on the high seas!
We really like this story and would love to go on a field trip like this one! One reason this book is so exciting is because of the magic storybook. We have never read a book where the characters come out of the stories (except for our other Miss Smith books of course). We also love this story because we think it is creative how the author uses characters from stories like Moby Dick and Treasure Island to make the field trip more exciting.
If you like magic, pirates, and grand adventures, then this is the book for you!
Posted August 4, 2013
Miss Smith, that awesome red-headed, red-shoed teacher, reads again, and this time characters from "sea stories" come to life. Starting with "The Owl and the Pussycat", so that Miss Smith and the students have a boat, of course, Miss Smith wastes no time in conjuring the whale that eluded Ahab. The marvelous Miss Smith reads through so many adventures and the class meets so many characters, but it is the visit from Captain Nemo that makes me jealous. What I would give to bring the Nautilus to life! Clearly, Michael Garland loves books. He makes me want to go back and re-read every one of those classic tales.
As wonderful as this story is, it is the completely brilliant, slightly manic illustrations that breathe life into this book. My son, at four, is too young to understand the literary allusions, but he can understand what is happening on each page because the illustrations are so absolutely perfect.