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The Day The Sub Came [Kindle Edition]

Carol Gilbert , Valerie Boris
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What happens when Mrs. Fritz's class gets a substitute teacher for the day? You just never know what to expect of a substitute teacher. Sometimes they're really strict and yell a lot and look really angry. Sometimes they don't know where anything is or how to say our names and we think they're stupid.

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About the Author

Carol Gilbert taught for seven years as a substitute teacher for the Cupertino, Saratoga, Moreland, and Campbell School Districts in California. Then she changed careers opting to go into technology and managed various engineering groups and did a lot of technical writing. Now she is grateful for the opportunity to write about some of her experiences and to volunteer working with children, once again, at the Palo Alto Art Center.

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  • File Size: 2309 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Porterlance Books (December 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L0XO38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"The Day the Sub Came" is a great empathy-building, problem-solving book experience for kids ages 8-11. Mrs. Gilbert is a substitute teacher for Mrs. Fritz who is suffering from the flu. Eva and her classmates are a challenging, tricky group of students for the sub to handle. They begin by nicknaming her "Mrs. Giblets," and when they learn that it is Mrs. Gilbert's birthday and they should be extra nice to her, guess what does not happen. Fortunately Mrs. Gilbert proves to be equal to a health emergency, a sitting on tacks trick, twins' duplicity, and the escape of Chipper the chipmunk from his cage. Just about the time the day is ready to end, Eva and fellow students are feeling a bit more respectful of Mrs. Gilbert, and a bit sorry that they had made her birthday of subbing such a difficult experience. A nice feature of "The Day the Sub Came" is the "reader aside" comments that invite the reader to participate in the problem situation, maybe suggest a solution, or identify with the feelings of the persons in the situation. The book ends with the questions, "Do you look forward to having a substitute once in a while? Why or why not?" and "Would you want to be a substitute teacher for your class?" "The Day the Sub Came" is a great exercise in role reversal for those tricky school age kids who have known the delights of tormenting and being outwitted by a competent sub!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The principal of Washington School had sent home a note informing the parents that there was a flu epidemic going around. Of course Eva was hoping that she'd come down with it so she could lounge in bed, watch television, and scoop up a bit of ice cream to cool her throat. Naturally she wouldn't mind getting sick and thought that "sometimes it's just really cool to have a day off and get spoiled a bit." Maybe spoiled a LOT would be her cup of tea, but there were other problems that came with a flu epidemic and one of them was that dreaded substitute teacher. Mrs. Fritz was sneezing up a storm and it sure looked like the class was in for it.

Subs were very difficult teachers to manage. Eva thought that most of the time "they don't know where anything is or how to say our names and we think they're stupid." And so they were stuck with Mrs. Gilbert, "Mrs. Giblets" according to Zoe. Eddie and Hui swapped places, everyone's books were dropped on the floor, and when recess came they all "ran out of the room like a herd of elephants. Mrs. Giblets, who claimed that day was her birthday, didn't have a chance against with that classroom, but did she? She "was getting harder and harder to fool," but then again, the class was actually starting to like her. Would Mrs. Gilbert really have a happy birthday or would Eva's classroom spoil her special day?

This charming book is one that every substitute teacher can learn from and relate to. Mrs. Gilbert, a.k.a. "Giblets," wasn't just one of those angry or stupid substitute teachers that most kids expect to come into the classroom, but rather a very experienced sub who was there to help them enjoy their day and actually learn.
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"The Day the Sub Came" is in the vein of the popular "Magic Schoolbus" series of children's books. It presents short adventures and inserts questions about the adventures which can be used as discussion points for the reader. It is a multi-adventure story of a substitute teacher's day told by a substitute teacher. The pictures by Valerie Boris are bright and colorful and complement the text. I knew Carol Gilbert, the author and substitute, when she was a substitute teacher and I felt she could write a book of her school adventures. Now she has done it, and I am glad.

As in "Magic Schoolbus" adventures, the book goes through silly things that students do to trick a sub, but also some things that might be scary. For example, everyone can chuckle that Mrs. Gilbert is called "Mrs. Giblets" and that students would set the clock ahead to get out for recess 5 minutes early; but the class chipmunk being lost and a girl with a bloody nose call for thought, caring, and action by the sub.

The book is a "let's find out by doing" approach, again as in the "Magic Schoolbus" adventures, and encourages discussion with "asides," comments away from the main storyline. One aside is "I hate being benched don't you?" and another asks, "Do you think that punishment sounds fair?"--questions students will surely have comments on. Kids get into trouble and out of trouble and learn things, and the teacher has a satisfying day too.

Some of the day's events include 2 boys switching seats, the class telling the sub they finished their book already, sending notes to each other, dropping a book to make noise, running out the door when the bell rings. You never know what will happen, and it is quite a day, but all gets back to normal at the end of the day, and the class sings Happy Birthday, Mrs. Gilbert (no more Giblets).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Kids love hearing about the funny pranks students try to pull on their savvy sub, "Miss Giblets." What a wonderful book for teachers and parents to read aloud!
Once children hear the story, they will want to reread it on their own! Non readers will want to "read the pictures" to experience the book again and again. The colorful artwork captures the classroom antics and students' expressions extremely well. Parents, grandparents and teachers who share this book with children will want to use the italicized let's-talk-about-it questions throughout the book. These discussion questions emgage children, draw them into the story and boost comprehension.

Teachers can use The Day The Sub Came as a jumping off point for a writing activity. Each child can write a few sentences about his/her favorite part of the book along with a colorful illustration. Then, the pages can be stapled together to make a "book about the book" for the classroom library. Have a student or pair of students design construction paper covers for the book! A fun project about a fun book!

Treat children you know to The Day The Sub Came.

Barbara Gruber, Teacher, Parent, Grandparent
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More About the Author

Carol taught as a "sub" primarily in San Francisco Peninsula school districts in California. During those years, she had many experiences that were filed away for future use. "The Day The Sub Came" brings many of those events together into one busy and funny day as a substitute teacher.

Writing and teaching have always been passions, so when she left teaching for high-tech work, she was responsible for software training and technical writing. Even in those technical pursuits she aimed to keep them lively and interesting while delivering the goods.

This first book "The Day The Sub Came", has messages for children 8-12 and all teachers (whether full-time or substitute) wrapped in an entertaining story. The book is noted at Elementary Teacher Resources, Oh My God I Love It, and Good Reads It is also available from iTunes as Porterlance Story Hour.

Her second book is a collection of poetry, "A Family Writes", primarily hers with contributions from her daughter and grandson. It is a tradition she hopes will keep going. The collection has some poetry that will resonate with adults and some that will delight children.

Carol lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband. Other published work has appeared in American Express' "Departures," AAA's "VIA," and "Bon Appetit."

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