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MISS SMITH’S INCREDIBLE STORYBOOK by Michael Garland

MISS SMITH’S INCREDIBLE STORYBOOK

By Michael Garland (Author) , Michael Garland (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: July 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-525-47133-2
Publisher: Dutton

Zack’s new second-grade teacher confounds his expectations, not so much with her black leather jacket and flaming red brush-cut, as with the big, ornately tooled book she carries—which, when opened, disgorges real pirates, pigs, knights, dragons, and the like as she reads. When Miss Smith is late one day, the Principal, and then the children, get hold of her book, and because they can’t manage to finish the stories they start, utter chaos ensues until she sweeps in to restore order. Using saturated hues and crisply drawn figures, Garland crowds the classroom with lively characters, many of them recognizable from classic stories and folktales. A brief but animated invitation to the pleasures of reading, as well as a tribute to unconventional teachers everywhere. (Picture book. 6-9)