I REMEMBER MISS PERRY by Pat Brisson

I REMEMBER MISS PERRY

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Young Stevie and his classmates experience human loss for the first time when a beloved teacher dies. Stevie’s very nervous on his first day at a new school; his teacher Miss Perry takes him under her wing, explaining that she understands because she’s a new teacher. Her sense of fun and adventure excites the entire class; they put on makeshift bee costumes to surprise the principal on her birthday (they’re a “swarm” of well-wishers). One day, Miss Perry doesn’t show up for school. In the afternoon, after calling all the parents to join their children in their classroom, the principal breaks the news of Miss Perry’s death in a car accident. The last half of the story charts the children’s journey to acceptance, through puzzlement and sorrow and an appreciation of the joy Miss Perry brought to their lives. Jorish’s subtle watercolors effectively evoke the emotions of the characters without overpowering the text. A tasteful and valuable contribution. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8037-2981-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006




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