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Title:
This is the teacher
Author:
Greene, Rhonda Gowler.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
A cumulative rhyme about a teacher's day, from the time the students rush in and drop their lunches, spill the ant farm, and let loose a snake until they file out and head for home.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 80222.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780525471257
Format :
Book

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Summary

This hilarious cumulative tale in the tradition of "The House That Jack Built" depicts a typical day at school. This is the teacher all ready for school. These are the students who rush through the door and topple the teacher all ready for school. The chaos continues&150and accumulates&150on each spread.An ant farm is tipped over, the birthday boy slips and spills his cupcakes, and then the class hamster escapes. . . . Through it all, the stalwart teacher manages to keep her cool. But, boy, is she ready for bed at the end of the day!


Author Notes

Rhonda Greene is a children's author and former learning disabilities teacher. Greene who has won the School Library Journal Best Book, American Booksellers "Pick of the List," Children's Book Council Showcase Book awards, among others. She is known for When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins, Push! Dig! Scoop!: A Construction Counting Rhyme, Santa's Stuck, and many other beloved children's titles.

Mike Lester is an illustrator and political cartoonist who often has cartoons in publications like Time magazine. The books he has illustrated for Random House include A Is for Salad, Cool Daddy Rat, and The Night Before the Night Before Christmas . He lives in Rome, Georgia.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. A progressively chaotic day in school and a cumulative text provide mayhem and humor here. This is the teacher all ready for school begins the narrative, which shows a smiling teacher totally unprepared for what comes next: she's toppled when students rush through the door, then ants escape, birthday cupcakes fly, books tumble, baseballs go off course, and--eek!--a hamster escapes. By day's end, it's the children who are smiling; the teacher is at home, sprawled in bed. Lengthy and text-dense, the story will be a challenge for the younger set, but descriptive text blocks, each beginning with a rhyming couplet and incorporating sound effects, capture the chaos set around Lester's page-filling caricatures. The pictures are a riot of color and burst with motion and exaggerated details; there's also a seek-and-find hamster. Kids will enjoy the wackiness of familiar school objects and activities gone wild. --Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Even teacher's pets can appreciate a good tweaking of classroom authority. In a This-Is-the-House-that-Jack-Built-style cumulative rhyme and a sense of comic chaos reminiscent of a vintage Mad magazine parody, Greene (The Very First Thanksgiving Day) and Lester (A Is for Salad) deliver a tale about a school day gone bad. They let the hounds loose on the well-meaning, bright-eyed teacher who's "all ready for school"-but totally unprepared for "the students who rush through the door,/ who drop sacks of lunches that smash! on the floor/ and topple the teacher all ready for school." Several pages later, a loose show-and-tell snake, flying birthday cupcakes, a water fountain flood and a mural-painting exercise that degenerates into a colorful free-for-all have joined the fray. Not surprisingly, the teacher collapses at day's end, "all ready for bed"-at 3:30 p.m. (according to the clock at her bedside). Lester's cartoons capture the manic milieu with a wonderful repertoire of exaggerated expressions and visual slapstick-almost everything and everyone in the story is airborne at some point. Ages 5-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This cumulative tale ? la "The House That Jack Built" details the escapades of a lively group of students. The show-and-tell snake escapes, birthday cupcakes topple, the ant farm breaks, a kamikaze bee attacks, a clogged water fountain floods the hall-and that's not all. Watercolor washes over thick black lines depict the chaos of this classroom gone amok. Splotches and spills abound, enhanced by the sketchy quality of the art; the energetic lines of Lester's cartoons capture the vibrant action. A rhyming couplet introduces each new incident and is followed by rhythmic phrases that emphasize onomatopoeia. With "splats," "eeks," "whacks," and "plops," disasters mount until lunchtime. Then the catastrophes begin anew. On the last page, the poor teacher, harried and exhausted, flops into bed at the end of the day. The story is sure to elicit giggles from the early elementary set and perhaps a bit of sympathy for their teachers as well.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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