Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

A Fine, Fine School

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

A Fine, Fine School

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CREECH, SHARON (2001). A Fine, Fine School. Illustrated by Harry Bliss. United States: Joanna Cotler books, HarperCollins imprint. ISBN 0-06-027736-X

As a teacher it may be challenging to take the perspective of a young reader reading about a teacher, because we are always optimistic about a teacher's motives. Only occasionally do we find a fictional teacher or principal who doesn't have the students' best interest at heart. Still, those good motives can go awry, as they do in Sharon Creech's (2001) A Fine, Fine School. Here, Principal Mr. Keene takes such pride in his school and the learning he sees taking place that he believes more can only be better. In predictable cadence he convenes school on Saturdays, then Sundays, holidays, and even all summer. Mr. Keene, whom the students and staff like too much to voice objections, sees the light when Tillie helps him understand that students need their Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and summers to teach their dogs tricks, to teach little brothers the fine points of skipping, and to learn how to "climb a tree and sit in it for an hour. …

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