SYNOPSIS: Young readers will recognize themselves in this compassionate portrayal of school life. Few authors move as easily between the different worlds children inhabit as Britta Teckentrup. Whether she’s leading the littlest readers through the seasons, or exploring the science of bird feathers, Teckentrup’s warm and wonderfully detailed illustrations are a marvelous portal to feelings, facts, and fun. In her newest book, Teckentrup takes readers inside a busy school to follow different students through their day–in class, during free time, at lunch, and through swimming lessons. We come across a variety of faces and expressions that reflect the enormous range of emotions and experiences that each school day brings. There are arguments and hurt feelings, encouraging hugs and deeply felt smiles. The gentle text explores issues that we’ve all encountered–bullying and loneliness as well as friendship and achievement. While the school in this book could exist anywhere, every reader will find a piece of her or himself in its beautifully and sensitively wrought story.
BOOK BIRTHDAY: 9-15-2020 PAGE COUNT: 128
MY THOUGHTS: Life in the sixth grade will look familiar. Diversity along with themes of friendship, family problems, and teachers who engage students in learning are in the forefront. The mostly full-page illustrations in this new hardcover tell the story as much as the accompanying text. They would look fantastic decorating the walls of any middle school.
Perfect as a read-aloud and discussion starter, SCHOOL would be a special gift to the important teacher in your life.
OPENING LINE: I’m in sixth grade. I’ll bet my school is like most others. Not good, not bad…just somewhere in between.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRITTA TECKENTRUP is the author and illustrator of dozens of well-loved books for children, including My Little Book of Big Questions, The Egg, and Birds and Their Feathers (all by Prestel). She lives in Berlin, Germany.
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Sixth grade! How did any of us survive it? This sounds like something that would be great in the classroom. Thanks for your review.
What an interesting novel. Sixth grade is so very different today. So much more pressure.
I loved sixth grade because we were still in elementary school (not middle school) and the kids looked up to us. It was that in between time when I felt powerful before I started junior high school. .
Hmm, sounds rather lessony. Did you feel that way?
Not really. The book shows a lot of different personalities that readers will find familiar.