The Teacher from the Black Lagoon

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon

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by Mike Thaler
     
 

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A boy confronts his fear about the first day of school in this humorous tale. After hearing horrifying stories about teachers, the main character dreams about his "monster" teacher Mrs. Green and the terrible things she does to students. When he wakes up from his nightmare, he discovers that the real Mrs. Green is far from the teacher from his dream and he ceases

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A boy confronts his fear about the first day of school in this humorous tale. After hearing horrifying stories about teachers, the main character dreams about his "monster" teacher Mrs. Green and the terrible things she does to students. When he wakes up from his nightmare, he discovers that the real Mrs. Green is far from the teacher from his dream and he ceases to be fearful of school.

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Children's Literature
A young boy fears the worst on his first day of school. He dreams that his teacher, Mrs. Green, is a monster of the worst sort. The kind of teacher who gives homework on the first day of school. The kind of teacher/monster that bites children in half to demonstrate fractions. And the kind of teacher who can singe a student with her fiery breath for asking a question. When the young boy wakes up and sees the real Mrs. Green, he is so delighted that he rushes to the front of the classroom to hug her. This amusing story comes to life with this video. Children may laugh at the absurdity of our young protagonist's nightmare, as his imaginings get more and more frightful. And they may all breathe a collective sigh of relief when he meets the attractive teacher who has supplanted the monstrous Mrs. Green of his nightmare. The producer of this enjoyable video includes a guide with suggestions for before and after viewing activities. The helpful activities include discussing the title of the program and eliciting guesses as to what the story is about before playing the video. After children have an opportunity to view the video, they may discuss why the boy had imagined his teacher might be such a monster and how his monster differed from the real teacher. Other activities suggested include putting on a class play, writing a text/video and using artwork to express feelings about the video. The running time of this production is 9 minutes. 2003 (orig.1989), Weston Woods Videos/Scholastic, Ages 5 to 8.
— Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-First-day-of-school fears are confronted in this story written by Mike Thaler and illustrated by Jared Lee (Scholastic, 1999). The animated video is narrated by Jonathan Lipnicki and Diana Canova and accompanied by suitably creepy music. A humorous introduction to a discussion about rumors and exaggeration. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545065221
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Black Lagoon Adventures Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
140,434
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Mike Thaler was born in Los Angeles in 1936. After moving to New York City, he started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults in 1960. A children's book editor saw one of these cartoons and encouraged Mike to write for children. Since then, Mike has written over 140 children’s books and has become known as America’s “Riddle King.” Mike says that writing and riddles are a powerful way to stimulate a child’s interest in learning and creating. He is an award-winning author and illustrator and has been called “one of the most creative people in children’s literature.” Mike currently lives in Canby, Oregon.

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