Academic journal article Language Arts

An A from Miss Keller

Academic journal article Language Arts

An A from Miss Keller

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An A from Miss Keller Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-399-16691-4

Polacco's picturebook recounts the formative influence of yet another teacher from her childhood. Young Trisha is both thrilled and intimidated to be among the select students invited to take Miss Keller's writing course. Soon enough, the rumors about "Killer Keller" prove true. No matter what Trisha writes and how much effort she exerts, nothing pleases Miss Keller, who insists students "[d]azzle me. Impress me. Send me into ecstasy with your brilliance." She even informs students, "You are going to work harder than you have ever worked in your entire miserable little lives." An elderly neighbor, Pop, offers Trisha some solace and encouragement with tales of his own encounters with Miss Keller. …

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