1. I must admit that, as a Brit and teacher, I get a slight nationalistic thrill out of seeing a novel choose an Englishwoman to be an inspiring figure in the classroom! Makes up for all those Hollywood movies in which we are cast as the villains… 🙂

  2. Well, since I look to you and others for great inspiration, I don’t think I have any titles to offer. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this story and your daughter’s sensitivity. Though my daughter is almost 5, there is no way I intend to read Charlotte’s Web any time soon. She is also sensitive.

  3. Vanessa

    I also have a just barely 8 year old who I have no hope of keeping up with her reading pace. I rely onmemories of books I loved ad a kid. She has been reading the Mrs Piggle Wiggle series books I remember loving. I wanted to mention Annie Sullivan. I know she isn’t a fictional teacher but what an inspiration. Thank you for all your reviews. It helps to have more books to recommend to my daughter.

  4. Stephanie

    I’ll have to remember this for N1. She just finished reading All of a Kind Family and is listening to one of the sequels (All of A Kind Family Downtown) on CD. She is in the middle of Sarah Plain and Tall, too, but I don’t think she’s finished it yet. I’m always on the lookout for books for her, too.

  5. This sounds wonderful! Loved the reference to “Christy”–my own mom read that one to us during long car trips when I was a young teen-ager, and it ended up being one of my favorite books.

    I love how you guide and encourage your daughter’s reading. She will reap enormous benefits from it.

    Cindy @ Cindy’s Book Club

  6. Kari Lawson

    Having taught in modern 1 room schoolhouses in Alaska in the past 10 years, I really love this story. Although some things have changed, villages still deal with teachers that come and go from year to year and there can be mistrust when those changes occur. Recommended reading for all!

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