Hubbell and Speir's series, which has already taken a look at police officers and firefighters, now goes into the classroom. In rhyming couplets, an unnamed narrator praises his teacher and all that she does each day: "We practice how to read and spell. Teacher joins our show-and-tell." And, "Computer work is fun, fun, fun! Teacher shows us how it's done." The artwork fills the pages with familiar school sights: schoolwork, recess, and story time. The simplicity is appealing, except in one respect: there are only four kids in the classroom? Still, it's good to see a deserving community helper getting her due.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This is Hubbell's third offering in a series about community helpers/heroes. As was true of her celebration of firefighters and police, Hubbell uses a simple rhyming text to list the many roles a teacher plays during the week with her young class. Speirs' illustrations are sprightly, somewhat reminiscent of popular children's cartoons; in that spirit, she depicts the young woman teacher and the politically correct diverse class as relentlessly cheerful and well-behaved. The classroom calendar helps us keep track of the week's passing. One posted notice promises that a special visitor will be coming soon. Sure enough, on Friday Fireman Fred shows up and we learn "Today we have our special guest/a treat because we did our best." Young children who are curious or apprehensive about the transition to kindergarten or primary school may find it reassuring to look through this book. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This academic slice of life is a serviceable entry in Hubbell's community-helper series. An unidentified child describes a typical week in school: "We learn our numbers, one, two, three,/and our letters, A, B, C./We practice how to read and spell./Teacher joins our show-and-tell." Whether on the playground, engaging in community gardening, or working on computers, the kids seem to be having positive experiences. Clear and colorful cartoon illustrations show the peppy white teacher interacting with her diverse students in this oddly undersized class of four. Although the story lacks the spark of Joseph Slate's "Miss Bindergarten" books (Dutton), teachers will be pleased by this tribute, and youngsters starting school may find its sunny atmosphere comforting.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Having spotlighted law enforcement in Police! Hurrying! Helping! Saving! (2008) and firefighting in Firefighters! Speeding! Spraying! Saving! (2007), Hubbell moves on to another community helper. Rhyming couplets introduce a primary-grade teacher who teaches letters and numbers, keeps kids safe on the playground and shares songs and books. Speir's bright acrylics depict a multiethnic classroom full of all the right impedimenta (computer, chalkboard, reading corner) and presided over by a white, bespectacled, pixie-cut woman. All in all, it's a perfectly unexceptional and pretty curriculum-savvy introduction to the genre, and it will likely adapt well to use in preschools. It's too bad, though, that neither author nor illustrator chose to break the stereotype just a teensy bit. (Picture book. 3-5)