Mr. Tanen's Ties

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The students of Lynnhurst Elementary love their principal, Mr. Tanen--and his ties! He has one for every holiday and occasion. But Mr. Apple from the school office doesn't like the ties and insists that Mr. Tanen stop wearing them. Everyone is miserable. Until the students give Mr. Apple his own new tie which brings about some unexpected and welcome changes. Full color.

Mr. Tanen, the principal at Lynnhurst Elementary School, is well known for his colorful and ...

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Overview

The students of Lynnhurst Elementary love their principal, Mr. Tanen--and his ties! He has one for every holiday and occasion. But Mr. Apple from the school office doesn't like the ties and insists that Mr. Tanen stop wearing them. Everyone is miserable. Until the students give Mr. Apple his own new tie which brings about some unexpected and welcome changes. Full color.

Mr. Tanen, the principal at Lynnhurst Elementary School, is well known for his colorful and unusual ties, but he and his students are saddened when his boss orders him to stop wearing them.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Mr. Tanen, an elementary school principal, loves to sport unusual neckwear-"funny ties, crazy ties, holiday ties, ties that play music, and even ties that light up." Unfortunately, Mr. Apple (also known as Mr. Crab Apple), a school department official, thinks that Mr. Tanen should wear a "proper," plain, blue tie. When the principal is out sick, Mr. Apple fills in for him at school. A gift of a special tie from the students helps the man find romance as well as a new attitude. The writing is good, and the conflict between Mr. Tanen and Mr. Apple will keep readers interested. The happy albeit improbable ending suits the earlier drama of the story. Cocca-Leffler's watercolor cartoons are bright and appealing. Ties decorated with flowers, food, music, highways, birds, hearts, and wedding bells flow from the pictures and border the pages. An enjoyable read-aloud for classrooms and libraries.-Shelley Woods, Boston Public Library, MA
Bobbie Combs
Strong, brightly colored illustrations of Mr. Tanen and his wild ties are entirely appropriate to this story about someone who would fit in our community well: unique, creative, interesting, and a little bit outrageous.
Alternative Family Magazine
Kirkus Reviews
The importance of accessorizing is given an injection of humor in this story from Cocca-Leffler (illustrator of Michelle Poploff's Tea Party for Two, 1997, etc.). Mr. Tanen, the school principal, allows his ties (similar to Ms. Frizzle's dresses and earrings) to speak for him; they serve as weather forecasts, herald the lunch menu, bespeak special occasions. The students love his ties for their whimsy and good cheer, as well as for the information they impart. But Mr. Tanen's boss, the sour Mr. Apple, orders that the neckwear be ditched; it's distracting and frivolous. Mr. Tanen, understandably, has to take a few days off. Mr. Apple is called to substitute, and the children attempt to bevel his hard edges with a zany tie of his own. He becomes a changed man; in fact, he marries a woman who has been admiring the ties he borrows from Mr. Tanen's cache. Cocca-Leffler shows Mr. Tanen for the gentleman he is, and makes the realm of adults a lot less formidable, and a lot more eccentric. Children will admire the ties, the wildly patterned illustrations, and the message that clothes may not make the man, but may make the day a little bit brighter. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807553022
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 288,971
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.08 (d)

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