From School Library Journal
Pres-Grade 2–This gentle picture book captures the impact a sensitive teacher has on the lives of her students. Molly is having a totally wonderful day: the weather is wonderful, and she is bringing a special crystal from Grandmas house to school to share with her classmates. However, when the other children are distracted from admiring her prize by Russell and his water-squirting stegosaurus, Mollys eyes burned hot and wet….She felt her heart go thumpity-thumpity-thumpity
inside. Fortunately, Miss Plumberry redirects the classs interest back to Mollys crystal with thoughtful questions and observations. For the girl, it is a totally wonderful day again thanks to her teacher. Rosen deftly captures Mollys feelings: a great big lion was going to run in and gobble everyone up. Come on
. Come on
, thought Molly. The soft watercolor-and-pencil illustrations reveal her emotions and expose the fickle attention of children in engaging, somewhat idyllic, spreads. This title is a good choice to share when discussing feelings and consideration, and it makes an excellent selection for teacher-appreciation day.–Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA
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PreS-K. Many children will identify with Molly. She's excited about bringing something special to school--a crystal sent to her by her grandmother who lives over the water and far way. The kids in Miss Plumberry's class seem interested, until Russell runs through the room with a pink-and-green stegosaurus that spurts water. What's a crystal compared to that? Rosen's understanding of a child's emotional life is true and deep. Molly's disappointment also artistically rendered in a cast-down look and hunched shoulders, is no less effective because it is so simply portrayed. But then sunlight breaks through in the personage of Miss Plumberry, who examines and then proclaims to the class, "Molly your crystal is . . . one of the loveliest and most perfect things I've ever seen. When I look into it, it feels like I'm falling and falling and falling deep into a warm pool." That's all it takes for the kids to renew their interest in the crystal and for Molly's day to turn happy once more. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved