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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618152423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618152421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Jamaica and her classmates have a substitute teacher for the week. Mrs. Duval is warm, encouraging, and fun, and the children are eager to please her. When it's time for the spelling test, Jamaica realizes that she's forgotten to study and copies from a friend. Troubled, she confesses to Mrs. Duval, who reassures her that she doesn't have to be perfect to be special in her class. The full-color artwork depicts a modern classroom with a diverse student body. O'Brien focuses her attention and detail on the two main characters, bringing them visually to the front of the illustrations. A delightful story with a gentle message.
Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Jamaica (Jamaica and Brianna, 1993, etc.) is back in another a gentle story, and in for another moral dilemma. Her class has a calm, smiling substitute teacher, Mrs. Duval, who explains that while the regular teacher is absent, ``I plan for us to work hard, but we'll have fun, too.'' Jamaica earns high praise for her reading aloud, for finding the hidden penguin, and for answering math puzzles, but when she gets to the spelling test, she can't remember how to spell ``calf.'' Yielding to temptation, she looks at her friend's paper. The tests are corrected, and she gets 100%, but Jamaica knows she copied and doesn't turn the paper in, later confessing (unprompted) to her behavior. The teacher praises Jamaica's courage in admitting she cheated, and says, ``You don't have to be perfect to be special in my class. All my students are special. I'm glad you're one of them.'' The softly colored pastel drawings show Jamaica, her range of emotions, appealing classmates, and the teacher's kindly nature. This sensitive treatment of the topic makes the book ideal for group discussion. (Picture book. 6-9) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
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My seven year old and (especially) my five year old daughters love the books in this series. The stories are true to life and teach valuable lessons without being too preachy. The illustrations are beautiful and show the feelings of the characters through very realistic expressions and environmental details. In addition, I think it is beneficial for my daughters (who are not African American like Jamaica, the main character) to see that children who do not look exactly like them can have very similar experiences and feelings.
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As a school counselor, I am always looking for good stories, that have a strong moral meaning, but is something that my students more than likely have not read. This story meets all those needs. This story also helps bring in some multi-cultural themes into a classroom. Students are always trying to pull things over on a substitute and this story shows that you will always have a consequence for your actions.
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This book is about a little girl who learns a good lesson about honesty in the classroom. I am a substitute teacher so the kids are often tempted to "act up". I found it useful to set the stage for a good day.
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By Laura Perkins on June 21, 2013
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All the Jamaica books are great, very poignant. Generate a lot of good conversation in elementary school classroom discussions about social skills.
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By Tim Donnelly on April 5, 2015
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Good for teaching beginning, middle, and end
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