My Teacher

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A lovely tribute to elementary school teachers

A great teacher is the best gift of all, according to the narrator of this warm look inside an urban classroom. Her teacher encourages the students to write stories, listen to jazz music, help in their neighborhood, celebrate different kinds of families, and build their own class library. The narrator recognizes that her teacher could be working in a nicer school, but the teacher reveals that she was a student in that very class and...

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Overview

A lovely tribute to elementary school teachers

A great teacher is the best gift of all, according to the narrator of this warm look inside an urban classroom. Her teacher encourages the students to write stories, listen to jazz music, help in their neighborhood, celebrate different kinds of families, and build their own class library. The narrator recognizes that her teacher could be working in a nicer school, but the teacher reveals that she was a student in that very class and that she works in the school to help the children achieve their dreams the way she was able to.

As a celebration of all the ways a teacher can inspire students, this is a welcome gift in any classroom.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A young girl tells of her special teacher who could have taught at a school "across town, where the sun always shines," or retired years ago. Instead, she fills the days sharing joy and inspiring young minds with lessons of reading, research, writing, compassion, families, drawing, jazz, swing dancing, and much more. Clear, painterly illustrations depict a diverse group of students and add to the warm, friendly tone of the narrative. This book is a celebration of teachers, a nod to the special things they do for their students every day. It may serve schools particularly well during Career Day or Teacher Appreciation Week.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa
Kirkus Reviews
A young girl sporting dreadlocks addresses readers directly, telling them all about her teacher in an attempt to explain why the elderly woman continues to teach in her school rather than retiring or teaching "across town, where the sun always shines." The standard elements are all here: She encourages their talents, teaches a love of reading, addresses their concerns, shows off their progress, seizes the teachable moment and, most especially, helps them make their dreams come true. Readers will find the typical classroom activities here (journal writing and reports, among others) but also some that may be new to them: dancing to jazz records, collecting food for needy neighborhood families and hearing stories about prior students. Readers will certainly appreciate the exceptional qualities of this teacher, but they may not respond to the manner in which her praises are sung. Ransome leaves no room for doubt that this is an underprivileged school in a predominantly minority neighborhood. His watercolors depict a kindly teacher with a loving face and her diverse bunch of studious students, whose expressive faces practically show the growth and learning that are taking place. Although children may benefit from seeing a rather different classroom than that usually portrayed, this is one of those picture books seemingly aimed more at adults than kids. The dedication says it all: "To all the dedicated teachers who come in early, leave late, and give a little something extra for the students." Still, as a Teacher Appreciation Day gift, it's a mighty nice alternative to an apple. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803732599
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2012
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 662,181
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Ransome has illustrated more than fifty books for children and won the Coretta Scott King Award for his book The Creation. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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