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My Great-Aunt Arizona Paperback – March 14, 1997
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The author's Great Aunt, Arizona Houston Hughes was born on Henson Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She attended a one room school house and from the very start, dreamed of visiting far away places and seeing wonderful sights. The story follows the little girl, Arizona, as she grows from a young girl to a woman, a wife, mother and teacher. Yes there were hardships, obstacles placed in front of her, but her obvious determined spirit prevailed. Through sheer stubbornness and will, Arizona does indeed receive her teaching certificate and begins her life long teaching career teaching in the little one room schoolhouse where she herself attended.
The story follows the author's aunt through marriage, the birth of her child and her final retirement from a profession in which she excelled. Mrs. Arizona Houston Hughes ended teaching several generations of fourth grade students and having a great impact on their lives. She lived to the age of 93.
This is a well written work. The author's low keyed, yet precise and poetic prose is almost hypnotic at times. You feel and see what the young teachers feels and sees; through her eyes and the eyes of those around her and knew her. Her wish to see far away places was never actually fulfilled literally, but was fulfilled through the wonderful gift of knowledge, curiosity and wonder that she was able to passes on to her many students.
The illustrations in this small work are wonderful and perfectly executed.Read more ›
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I like it because I'm a retired teacher that did her best to make learning fun. My grandkids loved it too !Published 25 days ago by Sylvia A. Church
This is a great book for young children! It's based on a real person who makes the book more interesting for the reader/listener.Published 29 days ago by LR
I had this book when I taught. I just used it to read to another group of students. They loved it. After reading I asked if they were reminded of anyone. Several said grandmothers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Gloria Houston is a great writer for children (this book) and young adults other titles. Their historical backgrounds and strong lead characters make these books super, in my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gloria Houston show us life in a different time and a different place.Published 6 months ago by Sharon Henderson
Love it, though I'm a bit partial. Arizona in the book is my boyfriend's great grandmother. ;)Published 14 months ago by Bonnie