Bibliographic Information: Creech, Sharon, and Harry Bliss. A Fine, Fine School. New York: Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins Pub, 2001.
Brief Annotation: Tillie’s principal, Mr. Keene, loves school and learning so much that he decides to hold school on Saturdays, then full weekends, and holidays and summer. In the end, Tillie convinces him that time away from school offers learning opportunitites as well.
Grade Level: K-2
Readers who will like this: I feel any student would enjoy and identify with this book. Children who like exaggerated situations and the humor that arises from them will especially like it.
Rating/Response: 4 This book is very funny and presents the opportunity to talk about school rules that are realistic and some that are not so helpful.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: How many of you love school so much you wish we had it every day? Why or why not?
Reading Strategy: Social Studies, First Days
Rationale for Strategy: This books introduces the civics concepts of rules, rights, and responsibilities, which are Social Studies standards.
Posted by: Caitlin Miller