The Teeny Tiny Teacher

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Adapted from a classic ghost story, this charming picture book is sure to delight readers of ALL sizes with its bright, bold illustrations and humorous storyline.

In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, an imaginative teacher-- who, like her students, happens to be "teeny tiny"-- takes her class on a teeny tiny walk one day and discovers a teeny tiny bone in the park. Later, back in their teeny tiny classroom, teacher and students are all surprised when they hear a ghostly ...

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Overview

Adapted from a classic ghost story, this charming picture book is sure to delight readers of ALL sizes with its bright, bold illustrations and humorous storyline.

In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, an imaginative teacher-- who, like her students, happens to be "teeny tiny"-- takes her class on a teeny tiny walk one day and discovers a teeny tiny bone in the park. Later, back in their teeny tiny classroom, teacher and students are all surprised when they hear a ghostly voice asking for its bone back! Fears subside when the teeny-tiny classroom realizes they've only upset a teeny-tiny dog.
The clever repetition and energetic, easy-to-follow text makes this a perfect book for read-aloud time, both at home..and in a classroom of any size!

In this variation on the old English folktale, a teeny tiny teacher takes a teeny tiny bone back to her classroom and has it subsequently disrupted by a teeny tiny voice asking for the bone.

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Publishers Weekly
In this knock-off of the classic folktale, a diminutive teacher and her even smaller students find a bone and are subsequently haunted by a mysterious voice. "The real triumph is Roche's rendering of the teeny tiny world inside and outside of the classroom," wrote PW. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Calmenson (The Principal's New Clothes) combines school and ghost story in this knock-off of the classic folktale. A diminutive teacher and her even more diminutive students find a mysterious bone and are subsequently haunted by a mysterious voice. Calmenson engages readers' attention through her use of repetition and the familiar setting ("She handed out the teeny tiny cups of juice and passed around teeny tiny cookies"). The pace builds to a climax when a "teeny tiny voice" from the closet grows increasingly louder ("Give me my bone!") and the teacher puts a stop to it ("Take it!"). Unfortunately, the juxtaposition of school setting and scary theme seems jarring; the classroom is too cheery to be frightening. The real triumph is Roche's (Loo Loo, Boo and Art You Can Do) rendering of the teeny tiny world inside and outside of the classroom. His uncomplicated style and crayon-bright palette exude sunshine from the double-page spreads. Each gouache illustration brims with charming Lilliputian details: flowers loom above the minute schoolhouse, children play jump rope with a spool of thread, and Scrabble pieces form stepping stones, while inside children sit on dice and at desks made of dominoes. Though the themes may work at cross purposes, readers will likely take pleasure in the teeny tiny visual details. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Mary Hamilton
Stephanie Calmenson has adapted an old English folktale into a delightful, frightful ghost story for young children. A teeny tiny teacher and her teeny tiny class discover a teeny tiny bone on a teeny tiny walk. The teacher puts the teeny tiny bone into her pocket to save for a teeny tiny science lesson. But when someone calls out in a not so tiny voice demanding their teeny tiny bone back, the teeny tiny students become frightened and hide under their teeny tiny desks until the teacher shouts in her loudest teeny tiny voice, "TAKE IT!" The illustrations capture the classroom setting in a way that readers will surely recognize. Children and adults will enjoy reading this teeny tiny ghost story more than a teeny tiny bit!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-While taking a walk in the woods with her students, a teacher finds a bone and sticks it in her coat pocket before returning to her classroom. Like its precursor, "The Teeny Tiny Woman," the story will capture the attention of children who will be wondering just who is demanding "Give me back my bone," in ever-increasing volume. As the teacher brushes off the requests, her retorts to her students, whom she assumes are making the pleas, are hilarious-exactly the type of statements made by a teacher to a class that is just a little too disruptive. Alternately she scolds, "Someone is being a teeny tiny bit silly," and "Teeny tiny students who have something to say must raise their teeny tiny hands." Up until the very end, when the closet's occupant and its motive are revealed, readers are onlookers into a classroom that has, at first glance, gotten out of hand. The full-color illustrations are bold, bright, and primitive. A fine example of what an imaginative author and illustrator can bring to an old favorite.-Elisabeth H. Hall, Arden Elementary School, Columbia, SC
Joanna Long
Only the CIP identifies this picture book as a "variation on the old English folktale," i.e., an adaptation of Joseph Jacobs's "Teeny Tiny," which appeared in his classic English Folk and Fairy Tales though the source isn't identified here. But Calmenson and Roche have bravely taken the old folktale and transformed it into a true picture book as opposed to a folktale squeezed uncomfortably into picture-book format. The setting is now a contemporary school, which Roche playfully equips for characters sized like Borrowers, or the Playskool people they more closely resemble. Pencils support a spiral notebook roof; cards, chess figures, and other game pieces are cleverly deployed-the six pupils, for example, sit on dice. When they walk out to a park, flowers tower like trees and the stepping stones to the fountain are Scrabble tiles H2 and O; while the teeny tiny children gather rocks and feathers, their teacher puts a teeny tiny bone in her coat pocket "for our teeny tiny science lesson." Back at school, a teeny tiny voice in the coat closet whispers, "Give me my bone!" The voice crescendos, and the children grow more and more alarmed, until the teacher's brave "TAKE IT!" lays the ghost. Calmenson spins out Jacobs's one-minute story with familiar classroom rituals-the uneasy children spill their juice; after they clean up, there's a calming group activity: writing a story about their trip to the park. Embroidering and lengthening Jacobs's traditional ghost story has necessarily dissipated some of the drama; but drama is not what this picture book, with its reassuring, playful ending, is aiming at "after that, the teeny tiny teacher and her teeny tiny students never heard the teeny tiny voice again. And that is the teeny tiny end"; the illustration shows the ghost using the bone to play fetch with a ghost dog. And setting the story in a modern classroom, draws young readers immediately into the story and introduces some delicious incongruities. Roche's illustrations are childlike in their simplicity yet artfully drawn, the tiny, lively figures dwarfed by broad expanses of poster-bright colors that flood areas defined by broad, self-assured lines. Try telling Jacobs's story along with this one, and let children make their own comparisons.
-- Horn Book
Kirkus Reviews
The scary story of the teeny tiny woman has been expanded into an explanatory tale that works well on its own but without the original story's pounce of surprise. Here a teeny tiny teacher is the heroine, and the setting is her tiny classroom. On a walk in the park with her students, the teacher finds a bone, which she pockets and then forgets. She doesn't remember it until a spooky voice from the closet startles her students by demanding the bone back in louder and louder tones. As in the original story, the teeny woman finally replies loudly, "TAKE IT!" Unlike the original, that's not the end of the story. The closet door pops open, and a ghost nabs the bone for his ghost puppy, outside the school. Although this version of the tale has lost some of the delicious fright of its parent tale, known for making listeners jump, it could easily become a story-hour favorite. Roche's friendly drawings ingeniously indicate the diminutive size of the teeny tiny teacher and her teeny tiny students by showing domino-topped tables, and stools made of diceĆ¾it's as if the Borrowers have landed in school. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439400695
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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