Picture Book Review: A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson

Looking for your next read? Check out A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Kate L.

This a picture book we can all relate to if we were lucky enough to have a favorite teacher growing up.

The story is a letter, from the point of a view of a 2nd grader, who walks into school with a bright yellow raincoat and a dark and stormy frown on her face on the first day of classes. School isn’t her favorite thing with all the sitting and listening to be done; she’d rather be jumping in puddles. Her teacher greets her with a warm smile and compares her to Mary Kingsley, the explorer. From then on, the little girl does get into some mischief, but her teacher patiently guides her along the way, encouraging her reading and her curious nature with the planting of a garden. Once though, the teacher calls her “exasperating” during a field trip. It’s a big word for a little girl, who has to look it up in a dictionary. It’s a familiar word to every teacher, I’m sure.

The letter ends on a sweet note as we find out that the little girl is all grown up now and is about to start her new job tomorrow as a ... you guessed it, teacher!

This picture book is a love letter to teachers, for all their kindness, hard work and patience. If you know a good teacher, say thank you to them! It will mean the world to them.

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A Letter to My Teacher

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