Tuesday, July 14, 2009

even though i'm 23, i can appreciate a good children's book!

I absolutely LOVED "The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School" by Laurie Halse Anderson and Ard Hoyt. It was the cutest book ever!

In this story Zoe’s wild red hair, with its many tendrils that brush her teeth, grab her clothes, and pack her lunch. Then Anderson takes a step back for a history lesson: Zoe’s hair learned to open the cookie jar at age two and could fly by age four. Her kindergarten class loved it for furry snuggling at nap time, but when first grade came around, and her teacher Ms. Trisk had the tendency to bitch about EVERYTHING, her hair was no longer considered a prize. “School has rules,”  Ms. Trisk snaps as she disciplines Zoe, who frowns in despair as her hair continues to misbehave, even transforming into a hair-dragon to chase the teacher away. 

It is a lesson for every teacher to EMBRACE what your students have a tough time controlling, AND BE PATIENT! They will prove to you that they are worthy, just like Zoe's hair did!

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