Hand: Heading back to school is fun in these stories
By Lucy Hand Reasons to Read August 23, 2013 1:28PM
Updated: September 26, 2013 6:35AM
School is starting. Where did the summer go? Summer gets shorter every year.
Kay Winters wants to tell us that “This School Year Will Be the Best.” We begin on the first day with the kids in a circle and teacher asking what they hope will happen in the coming year.
We watch as different kids tell what they want with comic results.
Our first girl wants the best seat on the bus and we see her in a throne. A boy wants to remember his homework as he fights his dog for it.
Another girl wants a great school picture and she is “glamoured” up for it, with fancy jewelry and make up.
I love the field trip into space and really understand the messy-Bessie who doesn’t want to lose things in her desk. I do wonder what they have in mind when they want the principal to do something crazy.
Each activity is pictured with the expected result. Skateboard day was scary for this old principal.
We end with the teacher’s goal. She wants to get to know each student.
We leave the class showing their drawings of their wishes. Hope they all come true.
“Miss Mingo and the First Day of School” brings other problems to the teacher. Jamie Harper tells us all about Miss Mingo, the flamingo, and her rather different class.
It is full of all kinds of animals, and when Miss Mingo asks each student to tell the rest of the class something special about themselves, she has no idea the chaos that will result.
She starts off by telling them that is the food she eats that keeps her pink. Alligator adds that she is constantly growing new teeth. Narwhal adds that he has only two teeth and one is a sword.
Centipede shows off her shoe collection. Spider builds a web.
We go on to see the talents and skills of each of the other classmates, ending with a minor flood when Pelican’s pouch overflows.
Miss Mingo cleans up, declaring what a wonderful class she has this year.
One year, I had boys ask why they had to wear shirts in hot weather and I told them the law says shirts and shoes. I did not think I could make them wear anything else.
After some thought, they decided to keep their shorts as well as their shirts and shoes. “You Can’t Go To School Naked!” either, according to Dianne Billstrom.
We join our boy determined to go without clothes the next day. His parents protest.
What will he do without pockets? Teacher will think he is a little pig, all pink and round.
Sunburn will be a problem and he could look like a tomato. Winter? Turning blue? Art? Paint all over? Sliding into first base in baseball? Sliding down the slide?
He goes to bed thinking about all of this and the next morning, has a solution. He wears clothes, but he wears his super hero costume.