Mabel Beecher: Future Teacher

Mabel Beecher: Future Teacher

By:  Best, Cari
Hunt, Lisa

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10.0 X 8.0 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
JUVENILE FICTION / Business, Careers, Occupations
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience
When Mrs. Ampersand announces that she'll be leaving for the rest of the year, and the substitute is just not as good, Mabel decides to take matters into her own hands.

When her beloved kindergarten teacher goes on maternity leave, Mabel gently guides the substitute to be a better teacher and finds a future career.

Her absent teacher’s influence is evident throughout, as Mabel continually uses the lessons Mrs. Ampersand has taught the class to cheer up her classmates, calm them down, give pointers to the new sub (Mrs. Windbag), and help shape behaviors. For example, when Albert starts making “mouth noises“ to mock the new teacher’s name, Mabel points out that he’s disappointing Mrs. Ampersand, who taught them “to be kind to every living thing.” And after patiently listening to Mrs. Windbag drone on about natural gas (!) for over an hour, Mabel asks to change the topic and teaches everyone about bats (spurring Albert to check all the bat books out of the library). Hunt’s brightly colored illustrations portray a diverse classroom of students and teachers (Mrs. Ampersand is black, while Mrs. Windbag is white, as Mabel appears to be as well). Though all the students exhibit great body language and expressive faces, Mabel is the only one with personality. The riffs on Mrs. Windbag’s name—and its insulting nature—may largely go over readers’ heads, but adults will chuckle when she pulls out her bagpipes and talks about a hot air balloon ride.

Amply demonstrates that kindergarten lays the foundation for life, both in the lessons learned and in the opportunities presented. (Picture book. 4-6)—Kirkus

Cari Best grew up in New York City, is a graduate of the City University of New York, and received a Master's Degree in Library Science from Drexel University, landing a job as the first librarian at the newly built headquarters of the International Reading Association in Newark, Delaware.

Her books have received many awards and accolades including a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, an Amelia Bloomer Book List selection, a Chalotte Zolotow Honor Book, and an ALA Notable, and she received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for her first book.

She lives in Connecticut where she walks, gardens, laughs and reads a lot. - Lisa Hunt would stay up late at night as a kid, scribbling in her sketchbooks. Fast forward to today, and she still stays up late at night scribbling in her sketchbooks. When not at her desk, she can be found in the local coffee shop or at home waggling a bit of string at an over-excited ginger cat.