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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763622524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763622527
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,951,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 When Winston takes his pet rooster to school for sharing day, he neglects to bring it home that afternoon. This begins a curious pattern in his classroom. Each Monday a different child arrives with a pet, leaves it behind at the end of the day, and comes in on Tuesday with an explanation of why it is better off at school than at home. Miss Fry, who lives alone in her quiet little house, says yes to each newcomer, until her classroom is bursting with the happy noises of all the children's pets. When summer vacation rolls around, the youngsters retrieve their animals. However, one student bequeaths his cricket to Miss Fry's care. This gentle and humorous story has charming watercolor illustrations that reinforce the emotions of the children, the animals, and, of course, the warmhearted teacher. Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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K-Gr. 2. From the first day of school to the last, students and their animal friends feel welcome in Miss Fry's classroom. Each child brings a pet from home--from Winston's rooster to Jerry's boa constrictor to Avery's choice, which looks suspiciously like a "really old kitchen sponge." The unflappable Miss Fry responds to each newcomer with her signature phrase, "How lucky for us." The children go home each afternoon and Miss Fry retires to "her quiet little house," but one by one, the pets take up residence in Miss Fry's increasingly noisy, happy classroom. Fresh and engaging, this picture book offers a gracefully written, gently amusing story with a pleasing conclusion. Hafner's distinctive ink drawings, brightened with watercolors and colored pencils, create a series of varied, inviting scenes that capture the story's buoyancy. Adults looking for a good read-aloud will echo Miss Fry's sentiment when they find this: "How lucky for us." Carolyn Phelan
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Oh, to have a teacher like Miss Fry! She's warm and friendly, and really likes her students. She announces that there every Monday, a student can bring a pet from home-- but only for one day. Interestingly, and perhaps accidentally, two things happen:

1. Each kid forgets to bring his or her pet home, and
2. The pets tend to have some annoying habit (e.g., Winston's chicken wakes the neighbors, Patrick's tarantula hide's inside his mother's slippers, Roger's mom complains that his cricket, Moe, makes too much noise, and Alia has a homework-eating goat, and Amanda a destructive dachshund.)
3. On Tuesday, the kids' parents invariably call to ask Miss Fry if she wouldn't mind keeping the pets a little longer!

Miss Fry, for her part, is invariably welcoming: He's welcome to stay as long as he likes," she says to Roger's mom about the "chirruping" cricket. Soon, there's a whole pet store of animals in Miss Fry's room, and as they're added Noah-like, one by one, she feeds and looks after them. There are some nice little twists: The cricket does an amazing somersault; for example, and one girl's pet resembles an old, dirty sponge (probably because that's what it is!). Although Miss Fry is generous to a fault, author Dodds shows that she also has her limits. When summer finally comes and the kids take home their pets, Miss Fry looks appropriately weary, observing "no more pets." However, one is left behind. Roger has left Moe, and with him, a note:

"Dear Miss Fry,

Please take care of Moe.

He likes you best.


With her trademark "How lucky for me," (which manages not to sound facetious), Miss Fry takes Moe to her home, where he serenades her with chirrups from her garden. How lucky for Moe!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Future Teacher on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is an exciting tale of Miss Fry's classroom. Every Monday Miss Fry lets one student bring in something special. Each student in her class decides to bring in a pet from home, but these pets all have an annoying habit. The good natured Miss Fry lets each student leave their pets in the classroom with the stipulation that they take them home at the end of the day, but each student forgets their pet. Finally, at the end of the school year Miss Fry manages to get each student to take their pet home. One pet remained in the classroom at the end of the year, Moe the cricket. Miss Fry took Moe home to live in her garden.
This book is perfect for a teacher who wants to introduce the idea of show-in-tell in the classroom. Teacher's Pet's is a cute story for early elementary students up to third grade. This book does a great job of depicting a kind and gentle teacher that all students like. The illustrations in the book do a great job bringing the book to life.
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By natural journey on September 15, 2014
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Easy read, fun story
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