A Fine, Fine School

A Fine, Fine School


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A Fine, Fine School is a delight for kids, with its colorful illustrations and gentle comeuppance for a well-meaning principal who learns that learning outside of school can be just as important as being in school.

Tillie goes to a fine, fine school where kids learn about dinosaurs, build pyramids, and paint portraits. When her principal decides to call all the students and teachers together for an announcement, no one could have predicted he would say that there will be school on Saturdays! Soon everyone goes to school on Sundays, holidays, and even the summer. He loves school so much that he forgets to give anyone time off!

This funny picture book from Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech, author of Walk Two Moons, and New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss is perfect for classroom sharing and for kids who enjoy school but want everyone to remember that time off is important too!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060007287
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/23/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 107,743
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Sharon Creech has written twenty-one books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler.

Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says.


New York Times bestselling artist Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. He is the author and illustrator of Bailey and Luke on the Loose and the illustrator of A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech, Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, and Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo. His self-titled single panel gag cartoon Bliss appears in newspapers internationally. He lives in New Hampshire. You can visit him online at www.harrybliss.com.


Pennington, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

July 29, 1945

Place of Birth:

Cleveland, Ohio


B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

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A Fine, Fine School 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is sort of a mix between realistic fiction and fantasy. It mixes the two in that it is very believable. There is a girl with a younger brother and a dog with very believable actions and interactions and a principal that is very proud of his school. But it sort of gets in to fantasy when it talks about having school on weekends and holidays, just because that would never really happen. But I would classify this as realistic fiction because of how real the characters seem. Age Appropriateness: Primary, IntermediateMedia: Charcoal, crayon
scadd07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
stars for themeThis book is a good example of realistic fiction, because all the characters are believable and human, but they try unrealistic goals, and in the end realize that their goals were unrealistic. The author uses many run-on sentences, which made the book frustrating for me to read out loud. The moral of the story was great though, that learning happens outside of school too! Its a good thing to discuss with students. This book would be great for primary readers.
Arianna21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PrimaryGenre: Realistic Fiction- This story was realistic in that all the children were going to a great school with great teachers and a great principal. It was fiction because principals alone don't have the authority to make students go to school all year round and on holidays.Plot: The plot was that they kept having more and more and more school. It was really hard for them to keep having school and finally the principal gave them back their weekends and holidays.
ktextor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a principal who realizes that his school is a fine, fine school and that his teachers are great teachers and also has great students too. The principal is so happy about this school that he decides to have school on the weekends, which no one is really happy about. After a while he has the students come to school on holidays and even over the summer! Students and teachers are always in school all day every day. Finally a little girl named Tillie goes to the principal and tells him that she hasn't really been learning. Her dog hasn't learned to sit, her brother hasn't learned to skip and she hasn't learned to climb up a tree and sit. Finally the principal decides to have school go back to the normal routine. This is a great story and a funny story to read for students and also a nice book for teachers to enjoy too.
rwheeler08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Modern FantasyCritique of Genre: This is an excellent example of modern fantasy because things happen that could not really happen in real life. For example, a principal decides to have school all year long, even on the weekends, holidays, and in the summer! Age: Primary, IntermediateCritique of Setting: (See star rating above)
jmilton11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: FantasyAge: PrimaryMedia: acrylic paintReview: In reality, a principal of a school could not decide to have the school open all the days of the year. It would have to be run through the district and the school board before that was decided. The author makes this believable because principals do want their students to learn and grow more.Point of view: 3rd person omniscient because you know what the principal is thinking, and also Tillie and other students. The narrator is "overlooking" the story.
PatsyAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grade: K-5Genre: FictionThemes: Motivation, Learning all around usMr. Keene loves his school and teachers and students. He decides that school must happen move often and makes children go to school all year long (Sat., Sun., Holidays, & Summer). Tillie, a student tells Mr. Keene that they do have a fine, fine, school but she is not learning all that she needs to learn. She is not learning how to climb a tree or sit in it. Mr. Keene then really looks at the school and learns that not all learning takes place in a classroom and changes school hours back the way they were. The pictures are bright and colorful. Cute read aloud to the class.I enjoyed this book because I could use it at the beginning of the year for fun. It would be good to use as a teachable moment too, when kids aren't motivated and to let them know that they learn everywhere. It also shows how siblings need each other to learn.
Natalia824 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the drawings alot! I enjoyed the book v ery much
hockey101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is good I think it could be formed into a chapter book but its about a principal who thinks that his school is so fine that he decides to go a little over board ( or a lot ) and have school everyday of the week and have school on breaks but until he finds out that the kids are not liking to go to school there he decides to put it back to regular days. ( This principal thought that there school would learn so much more but he gave in.)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book with my grandma whos a pricipal and we both loved it!!!!! we are now reading all of her other books. my favorite is WALK 2 MOONS!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was really cute and I liked it a lot. It has got a really good plot and younger kids would love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at the Illinois Reading Conference in Springfield, Illinois for my son who is 8 years old. It has quickly become a family favorite! A great lesson is taught in being careful with what you wish for because you never know how it might affect others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a 'fine,fine' book. The illutrations are fantastic. The story really touches upon an issue that is seriously affecting our schools and students today. Sometimes we ask and expect so much from them academically that we forget they have other types of learning they need to do. Tillie is a very personable and mature young lady. I highly recommend this book. It evokes alot of thought about the simple things...what are you forgetting to learn?
Guest More than 1 year ago
A terrific book if you love to see kids respond to text. School 365 days a year! My kids were in an uproar over this one. The pictures are nothing short of brilliant too -- many sight gags for all. One of the best of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story with hilarious pictures for kids and adults (I found myself laughing out loud). Harry Bliss and Sharon Creech have made a fabulous, fabulous book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book for adults, children and especially educators. Too much school like too many standardized tests translate to real life learning lost. This book states the truth about how good and wrong schools can be and it is done in a simple way. Easy to read and wonderful to look at. A must for concerned parents and teachers!