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Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher

Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher

1999 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Juanita Havill
Illustrator: Anne Sibley
ISBN: 0-395-90503-6
Hardcover Price: $15.00
The appealing young heroine of four previous picture books, Jamaica here thoroughly enjoys a busy day with an imaginative substitute teacher who appreciates her quick intelligence and enthusiasm. All is well until spelling-test time, when Jamaica can't spell a word and, seeing her friend Briana's paper, copies it. Conscience wins out and Jamaica confesses. The teacher's response is a sotto voce lesson to all. "You know, Jamaica, you don't have to be perfect to be special in my class. All my students are special. I'm glad you're one of them." A good and special book.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1999 Parents' Choice

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