Ms. Rapscott's Girls [NOOK Book]

Overview

Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott ...
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Ms. Rapscott's Girls

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Overview

Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn’t agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.

Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible, richly illustrated story about finding your way.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/02/2015
In this breezy novel, Primavera (Libby of High Hopes) evokes the spirit of such larger-than-life characters as Willy Wonka and Mary Poppins with Ms. Rapscott, the mysterious, take-charge, and oddly nurturing headmistress of the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents. In a sequence of wordless pencil illustrations à la The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Ms. Rapscott and her stalwart corgi assistants stand atop the school's lighthouse to greet a fleet of five large flying boxes containing their newest students. Four girls (one box arrived empty) comprise a motley class of ill-mannered and lonely children whose parents have no time for them, a circumstance the headmistress knows well. Starting with a daily breakfast of birthday cake and ice cream, Ms. Rapscott takes her charges on fantastical journeys that include riding on the backs of seal-like creatures called Seaskimmers, searching for their missing classmate, and flying in Amelia Earhart's plane. Primavera charmingly depicts the girls' activities in her soft pencil artwork, and a neat resolution and the suggestion of a new school term will leave readers eager for another outing. Ages 8–12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)
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"Quirky and imaginative, aimed at middle-graders who like their fiction with a twist." -Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
11/01/2014
Gr 3–6—At Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents, the lessons learned are far from the ordinary. From getting lost on purpose to a making birthday cake, Ms. Rapscott strives to create well-rounded students who can enjoy an adventure. After being shipped to the school in flying boxes, the students are not as keen on the adventures as Ms. Rapscott. Nonetheless, after time, the girls begin to see the beauty and fun in the "less travelled road" which is the Great Rapscott School. Elise Primavera, author and illustrator of the "Auntie Claus" (Houghton Harcourt) series and The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls (HarperCollins, 2006), blends artful drawings with a whimsical story line. Although there is an underdevelopment in the background and characters, the plot unfolds nicely. The story is unpredictably unique, and if readers can suspend their disbelief, they will be swept up in the narrative.—Brittney Kosev, Dave Blair Elementary School, Farmers Branch, TX
Kirkus Reviews
2014-12-06
Aided by her two corgis, the headmistress of the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents teaches her 8-year-old charges—Beatrice, Mildred, Fay and Annabelle, children whose parents don't have time for them—how to take care of themselves. Primavera's stylish story, while not laugh-out-loud funny, is undeniably humorous in tone, though paradoxically the situation is so poignant that it also has an underlying air of melancholy. The curriculum at Ms. Rapscott's school is "How to Find Your Way," and the students, who are brightly outlined but not given much internal shading, are graded on "pluck, enthusiasm, spirit of adventure, brilliance, and self-reliance." Ms. Rapscott, an indefatigable, charismatic leader who immediately sees the best in her initially unappealing charges, is full of inspirational remarks, urging her students to "be like a good pair of boots: sturdy, durable, and waterproof." The author's darkly whimsical black-and-white drawings supply atmosphere and also tell parts of the story. Although the tone is absurd and fantastical rather than representative and realistic, the girls, who are taught etiquette and survival basics such as how to write a thank-you note and "cross the street without getting squashed," grow and change in believable ways. This is not an emotionally involving tale but one that's quirky and imaginative, aimed at middle-graders who like their fiction with a twist. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101593370
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/10/2015
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,416,068
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • File size: 31 MB
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Meet the Author

Elise Primavera

Elise Primavera, the bestselling author of Auntie Claus, has been writing and illustrating books for children for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey.



 
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