Seal Island School

Seal Island School

by Susan Bartlett, Tricia Tusa
     
 

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Pru Stanley wants her teacher Miss Sparling to stay at Seal Island school. Miss Sparling says that sometimes Seal Island can be lonesome. But Pru thinks her home is exciting-new adventures happen all the time. Can Pru convince Miss Sparling to stay?

This pleasant little story is just right for transitional readers. (Children's Literature)  See more details below

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Pru Stanley wants her teacher Miss Sparling to stay at Seal Island school. Miss Sparling says that sometimes Seal Island can be lonesome. But Pru thinks her home is exciting-new adventures happen all the time. Can Pru convince Miss Sparling to stay?

This pleasant little story is just right for transitional readers. (Children's Literature)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This brief, humor-filled novel follows an engaging girl during the course of a school year on a small island off the coast of Maine. Pru Stanley is having a terrific year: she makes a new friend on the mainland after responding to a message in a bottle, her parents surprise her with a pony on her ninth birthday and she grows close to Nicholas, a fellow student at her one-room school who has moved to the island from New York City. But she is convinced that Miss Sparling, "the best teacher in Maine," will follow the example of her predecessors and leave the island after a year, due to loneliness ("It didn't seem lonely to Pru. Forty-nine people lived on the island. That was plenty of friends"). And Nicholas and his parents are due to depart Seal Island when summer arrives. From Mr. Farnum at the general store and Captain Hill at the helm of the ferry boat (a key figure in two of the novel's surprises) to the lobstermen and seals, the author peoples the volume with colorful characters and palpably describes the rhythms of island life. The book starts out strong, then at times seems sketchy, jumping from one season to the next. But by story's end, all of Pru's problems are solved--with some unexpected bonuses, and snappy, credible dialogue keeps this illustrated novel moving at a brisk clip. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 7-10. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
While it is lonely on Seal Island when the summer people go home, Pru likes the quiet. She also likes her little school with only five other students and her teacher Miss Sparling who Pru thinks is the best teacher in all of Maine. Afraid that Miss Sparling, like the teachers in the past, will leave at the end of the school year, Pru and her friend Nicholas embark on a scheme to get her to stay. Finding a bottle with a note in it, getting a new pony, and making a new friend, are pleasant distractions. With all this going on, how can anyone be lonely? This pleasant little story is just right for transitional readers. The reader will get caught up in Pru's plan and eagerly wonder if it will work. The cartoon-like illustrations have a warm, homey look to them. They break up the text and add dimension to the story.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Nine-year-old Pru is one of only 6 students in a school on Seal Island, population 49, off the coast of Maine. She loves her home and, fearing that her teacher Miss Sparling may move at the end of the year, hopes to convince her what a wonderful place it is. To complicate the situation further, two students will soon be leaving the island and the school will close if the enrollment falls below five. Pru and a classmate then hatch a plan to buy their teacher a dog, reasoning that it will prevent her from becoming lonely and keep her there. Subplots include Pru's befriending Clara, a girl on the mainland, and a surprise birthday gift of a pony. By school year's end, all of Pru's problems and worries are resolved. The watercolor-and-line cover illustration depicts three children laden with books and offers a glimpse of the blue sky and water that feature so prominently in the story. The simple vocabulary, large print, varied sentence length, and upbeat ending make this a good choice for beginning chapter-book readers.-Christina Dorr, Whitehall City Schools, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Everything turns out right in this salubrious, good-natured account of everyday life in a one-room schoolhouse on an island in Maine where "the only cars were three old pickups."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141311043
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Chapter, Puffin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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