The Magical Ms. Plum

The Magical Ms. Plum

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by Bonny Becker, Amy Portnoy
     
 

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Ms. Plum is the magical teacher every schoolkid wishes for!


Everybody wants to be in Ms. Plum’s class. It’s not just that she teaches the usual things in unusual ways. There’s something more, something about Ms. Plum herself—and her mysterious supply closet. Whenever she asks her students to get her an eraser or a pencil or

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Ms. Plum is the magical teacher every schoolkid wishes for!


Everybody wants to be in Ms. Plum’s class. It’s not just that she teaches the usual things in unusual ways. There’s something more, something about Ms. Plum herself—and her mysterious supply closet. Whenever she asks her students to get her an eraser or a pencil or some paper clips, they come back with something . . . unusual. Who’d have thought a pinky-sized alligator, a big-mouth parrot, or a tiny wolf could teach kids a thing or two about life?

Each year, Ms. Plum is certain she’s had her best class ever. And it looks like this year . . . she’s right!

Relatable behavioral and personality issues are poked gently with empathy and humor in this fun, warmhearted chapter book.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jillian Hurst
Ms. Plum's third-grade class always has something…different about it. But no former students can ever seem to express what it is. This year's class comes into the year eager with anticipation to discover what kind of magic takes places behind the doors of this mysterious classroom. When Ms. Plum asks the first student to get a pencil from the supply closet, Tashala exits the closet followed by a live miniature horse. The next student to enter the closet returns with a talking parrot. The closet continues to deliver an animal to every student who enters, and Ms. Plum uses this to teach each child an individual lesson, one which that child specifically needed to learn. A book of magical intrigue, The Magical Ms. Plum will illuminate the imagination while teaching readers valuable, stimulating lessons. By using sometimes lovable, sometimes frightening animals, this book provides a creative avenue to learn how to speak up, how to speak less, how to turn a frown upside down, or how to not be scared of the world. This would be an excellent book to read with a class of beginning readers with enthusiastic minds. Reviewer: Jillian Hurst
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Nearly every child at Springtime Elementary knows there is something unusual about Ms. Plum's third-grade classroom although former students never say much about it. It seems that anytime they try to talk about it, something funny happens to their mouths. At the start of the school year, the class is curious and, maybe, a little scared to find out what's so special about Ms. Plum. They quickly learn that it's her supply closet. Whenever she asks students to get an eraser or pencil, they return with a mysterious animal—one with a cure to whatever ails them. Jeremy, the gloomiest kid in the room, returns from the supply closet with a glowering raven that repeats the phrase "pig snout" until Jeremy dissolves into a fit of giggles. Nadia, a worrier, returns with a kitten that drowns out a classmate's doom-and-gloom comments with its purring. The book is reminiscent of Candace Fleming's The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School (Random, 2007) in tone and telling. Readers will relate to the youngsters' problems and enjoy their magical resolutions. Illustrated with delightful black-and-white drawings and filled with clever and short vignettes, this fast-paced story is a good choice for struggling readers.—Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Magic and common sense mix to create a wonderful year for Ms Plum, who could be Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's granddaughter, and her third graders. Clever and understated Ms Plum sends one student per chapter into her magical supply closet, which smells of "chalk and chocolate and something lovely no one could ever quite name," and that student comes out with a miniature version of an animal that behaves in a way that adds to the students' understanding. For instance, Jovi, a refugee from an unnamed African country, retrieves a fierce falcon the children come to understand needs freedom. With lightness and humor, complemented by Portnoy's occasional black-and-white illustrations, Becker highlights the personalities of Everyclass: the whiner, the optimist, the showoff, the thief, the shy one. Readers will surely see themselves in the chapters and eagerly read on to see what will happen as the year unfolds. Ms Plum has some real teaching magic up her sleeve, and teachers who read aloud to their classes will want to begin or end their years with this one. (Fantasy. 7-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375894909
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
449,267
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Bonny Becker lives in Seattle, Washington.


From the Hardcover edition.

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The Magical Ms. Plum 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book woth my eight and ten year old boys. Lots of giggles. Fun story and worth the read, but does use some borderline language at time mainly variatons on "butt".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a heart warming story
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It was funny
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Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
Indeed.it's true that everyone wants to be in Ms. Plum's class. I especially would have loved to have been in such a magical classroom as a child. This is most certainly a children's book, which is not usually a book that I review and recommend, but upon seeing the title, I knew it would be the kind of book that a lot of people would enjoy. I feel like it should be added to the list of great children's books that become classic over time, like Where the Wild Things Are and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Even for adults, it's an interesting allegory that can give some insight into who you were as a child and who you've become as an adult. Honestly, I kind of wish that there was a magical Ms. Plum right now that would show me some of my personal character flaws in order to help me figure out how to right them. I recommend this book to children, parents and teachers. -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gas??????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.