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My Teacher Can Teach...Anyone! Hardcover – August 1, 2004
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–An enthusiastic boy explains that his teacher "…is so good,/she can teach…anyone!" He proceeds to make his way through a rhyming, alphabetical list of occupations, beginning with "She could teach an Astronaut/how to float in space./She could teach a Ballet dancer/how to land with grace." Each page is devoted to a letter and illustrated with a bright, cheerful picture of the youngster and his classmates acting out the designated job. The boy imagines her instructing an assortment of potential students including a dentist, a governor, a janitor, an opera singer, and even a zillionaire. The story ends on a heartwarming note, when he states that he is happy "…because this year…she is teaching ME!" Although the message is sure to be appreciated by educators, and the illustrations charmingly portray the special relationship between the teacher and her students, the text is sometimes awkward and a few of the rhymes seem a bit forced. Kay Winters's My Teacher for President (Dutton, 2004) is a more engaging tale about a child's admiration for his mentor.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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PreS-Gr 2. A boy's loving boast about his teacher ("My teacher is so good, she can teach . . . anyone!") carries little listeners through the alphabet from astronaut to zillionaire as he describes how his teacher could, for example, "teach the Governor how to host a lunch," or "teach a Heavyweight how to throw a punch." The classroom where kids role-play the jobs is a model of inclusiveness, and both specialized (astronaut, ballet dancer), and everyday (janitor, mechanic) occupations are highlighted. The illustrations, almost startling in their brightness, fit the happy boastfulness of the book. The rhyming text is occasionally forced and grows a bit tedious, but this is still a fun peek at careers that's just right for young children. Connie Fletcher
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"A little boy pays homage to his remarkably talented and creative teacher who confidently and competently teaches skills, concepts, ideas, behavior and more. In an alphabetical list of accomplishments told in rhyming text, readers see how anyone from an astronaut learning to float in space to a kayaker pulling a stroke, to a zillionaire living in style can learn from this wonderful woman. But most important is the children, and in particular, the little boy who's fortunate to be in her class this year, learning about a world beyond the three Rs. Galindo's simple, flat illustrations in lively colors outlined in black highlight each lesson's scenario with a multicultural group of young students An inspiring introduction to the new school year."
Review by Booklist
"A boy's loving boast about his teacher ('My teacher is so good, she can teach... anyone!') carries little listeners through the alphabet from astronaut to zillionaire as he describes how his teacher could, for example, 'teach the Governor how to host a lunch,' or 'teach a Heavyweight how to throw a punch.' The classroom where kids role-play the jobs is a model of inclusiveness, and both specialized (astronaut, ballet dancer), and everyday (janitor, mechanic) occupations are highlighted. The illustrations, almost startling in their brightness, fit the happy boastfulness of the book... this is... a fun peek at careers that are just right for young children."
This was a simple picture book that can teach young children lots of things. They will see that teachers are important people.
This book is recommend for a story time read aloud. There are lots of fun things to look at on each page. Young children will learn the basic concepts of the alphabet and be introduced to lots of occupations through this simple picture book.
After all, all teachers aren't women! :)