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Thank You, Miss Doover Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823420469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823420469
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 1-3–Miss Doover's class is learning about thank-you letters, so Jack writes to Great-Aunt Gertie, who has given him personalized stationery. Small panels opposite his second draft show uses for her gift and introduce his dog. Besides correcting his spelling, Jack's teacher shows him how to expand the letter and revise it to spare his relative's feelings (“It's not my favorite gift, but I have used it a lot”). Several carefully worded drafts conceal–as the clever pictures do not–Puddly's accident, soaked up by pages of Jack's writing paper. Pulver successfully gets into the minds of both Jack (“But Mom said she hopes Great-Aunt Gertie never finds out how I used it!”) and Miss Doover (“Aaaaaaaargh!”) through speech and thought bubbles. In a last thank-you letter–this one to his teacher–Jack realizes why her name is Miss Doover. Using colored pencils and acrylic paint, Sisson crafts a series of panels and spreads intermingled with multiple thank-you letters on notebook paper. With its succession of teachable moments, this is a fine, funny writing lesson.Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Write a thank-you letter? Piece of cake, right? Or so Jack thinks until his teacher, Miss Doover, introduces him to the dreaded word revise, not to mention other words, like implore, express, and accomplish. Implore as he might, poor Jack has to write draft after draft, trying to express his thanks to Great-Aunt Gertie for her gift of stationery (another word his classmates learn)—a gift that he and his new puppy, Puddly, find useful in unexpected ways. Will he ever accomplish his task? Cue the suspense! Pulver’s cheerful and often funny instructions on letter writing take the edge off learning, ably assisted by Sisson’s mixed-media, cartoonlike illustrations, which capture and expand the wit of the story. Pulver saves the funniest line for the last, which gets to the bottom of the teacher’s curious last name. Grades 1-3. --Michael Cart

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on August 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads Summary: Miss Doover is teaching Jack's class how to write thank-you notes. Jack knows the perfect recipient: Great-Aunt Gertie, who gave him boring stationery. But the stationery has other uses: it's come in very handy when housebreaking Puddly, Jack's new puppy! Miss Doover sure has a lot of rules for writing a letter. Jack revises over and over, adding details until Great-Aunt Gertie knows exactly how he's used her special gift. But for some reason his teacher doesn't look too happy. Will his do-over ever impress Miss Doover?

What I liked about the book: This is a good book to use for an elementary (or even middle school) lesson on the lost art of writing thank you letters. It also offers opportunities for expanding a student's vocabulary.

What I didn't like about the book: It's a tad bit repetitive and I wonder if students won't just eventually tune out the story. However, the illustrations and the reasons why Great Aunt Gertie's gift was so useful will bring a smile to young readers and just might help to hold their attention.

Recommended for 2nd Grade and up.

Mrs. Archer's rating: 3 of 5.
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Very cute and funny story! I think the simple Zen-like message of this book is: what you put out there is equal to what you get back. Robin Pulver is also the author of a series of hilarious books about a teacher named Mrs. Toggle. I highly recommend anything from this author! Mrs. Toggle's Beautiful Blue Shoe Mrs. Toggle & the Dinosaur
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This book is supposed to convey the values of revising and editing one's work. Miss Doover has assigned her classroom the task of mastering the art of the 'thank you' note. As Jack writes and re-writes a thank you card to his fussy great-aunt Gertie, slowly the true story emerges... his unwanted gift of stationary turned out to be very useful when it served to mop up a mess left by his not-yet-housetrained puppy. The story ends with a not-so-subtle nudge to the reader, pointing out "Miss Doover" is equivalent to "Miss Do Over." The book is appended with a humorous collection of 'correctly' worded, yet not polite, thank you notes the other children in class have written.

Discerning readers will doubtless be aware that the boy's original, simply worded note was actually far more effective than any of his later efforts - which I'm not entirely certain is the message that the author meant to convey. Attractive mixed media illustrations using colored pencils, acrylic paint and cardboard heighten the kid appeal of what is otherwise a somewhat didactic book.
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