Monday, April 02, 2007
Teachers According to Clementine
I just finished THE TALENTED CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker. I must say, I just can't get enough of Clementine. What a great character! As expected I totally love this second Clementine book. I was so excited when I saw it at the bookstore yesterday. The bad news is, I now have to wait for the next Clementine book. Really, this character is, for sure, one of my favorites of all time. She is full of life and the writing continues to be brilliant.
And, I think we need to add Clementine's teacher to our list of Cool Teachers in Children's Literature. What a great teacher! I can't seem to find a name but he definitely belongs on our list.
Now, Clementine seems to have teachers all figured out. Here are some things she says about us in this latest book. It is a little frightening, but she is usually pretty accurate. See what you think.
"I have noticed that teacher get exciting confused with boring a lot."
"But he ignored me, which is called Getting on with the Day when a teacher does it, and Being Inconsiderate when a kid does it."
"My teacher looked at me as if he suddenly had no idea how I'd gotten into his classroom."
"In school, my teacher started in with the 'Talent-Palooza' business so fast I thought it was the last part of the Pledge of Allegiance."
"...so I went up to his desk. I made quick secret-eyes all around behind there to look for the pizza and doughnuts everyone knows teachers eat when kids aren't looking..."
"There should be a rule about that. No laughing for teachers."
"My teacher made a face at Margaret's teacher. It meant they didn't believe that for a minute, but they had to say it anyway."
"If a teacher can have a substitute teacher, how come a kid can't have a substitute kid?"
"When I got back, Margaret's teacher gave me a look that said she was going to remember all this nonsense when I got into her grade."