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A Fine, Fine School

by Sharon Creech

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This book is about a principal named Mr. Keene, he loves school so much that he wants there to be more school. He wants there to be school on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and even in the summer. Tillie is a young girl who attends this fine, fine school, and it is up to her to show Mr. Keene that school is a wonderful place but it is not okay to be there all the time.

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I loved going to school when I was in elementary and middle school, but there is no way I would have wanted to go year round! I do think admire Mr. Keene for loving his school and all the people in it so much.

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I could have each student write a letter to our principal and tell him/her how much they appreciate all that they do for our school.

I could have the kids write about how they would feel if they had to come to school year round.
  A_Kolinski | Jul 22, 2015 |
Loved the message, loved the illustrations. Makes a very definite point, but with "aww - how cute" humor. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This is a realistic fiction book for elementary students. The book starts out with normal school days. The principal wants the school to be the best one and accomplish the most earning so he starts assigning school on Saturday, then Sundays, and holidays. He thinks the children are learning so much that he even wants them to come during summer. School everyday of every year so the students can learn as much as possible. The principal thinks this is the greatest thing he has ever done for his fine school. One day Tille went to tell him some kids weren't learning.The kids were not learning how to climb tree and the dogs were not learning new tricks. They needed time away from the classroom and so the principal granted that time for other types of learning.
  dluby17 | Mar 20, 2015 |
School-age children will enjoy hearing the story of Mr. Keene, the principal who is so proud of his fine, fine students and fine, fine teachers and all the wonderful learning that goes on at his school that he decides that more must be better. As he decides to have school open on Saturdays, then on Sundays, then on holidays, then over summer vacation, it takes one brave little girl to help him realize that learning doesn't just take place in school. Bright, expressive illustrations by Harry Bliss add much to this story's humorous charm. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
In this story the principal of an elementary school thinks that his school and teachers are so fine that just going to school during a normal school week and normal hours is just not enough. The students not wanting to hurt their principals feelings do not disagree with him and find themselves going to school at all hours, but not for long..
Source: Lisa Wight
Ages: 4-6
  lwight | Mar 10, 2013 |
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K-Gr 2: One day, Mr. Keene called all the students and teachers together and said, "This is a fine, fine school! From now on, let's have school on Saturdays too." And then there was more.

School all weekend.

School on the holidays.

School in the SUMMER!

What was next . . .

SCHOOL AT NIGHT?

So it's up to Tillie to show her well-intentioned principal, Mr. Keene, that even though his fine, fine school is a wonderful place, it's not fine, fine to be there all the time.
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On weekends, redheaded Tillie climbs trees and teaches her little brother how to skip. During the week, of course, she goes to school. Her principal, Mr. Keene, is the kind of gung ho leader any school would be lucky to have. That is, until he goes a little over the top. "Oh!" he says. "Aren't these fine children? Aren't these fine teachers? Isn't this a fine, fine school?" And then this exuberant administrator decides five days isn't nearly enough for such a fine school. "From now on, let's have school on Saturdays, too!" The teachers and students are not thrilled, but no one is willing to burst Mr. Keene's bubble. Soon their well-meaning principal has done away with weekends, holidays, and summer vacation. It's time for someone to take action... gently, though. Young Tillie has just the right amount of subtlety and tact--and motivation--for the job.

Sharon Creech is the bestselling author of many fine, fine books for kids and teens, including the Newbery Medal-winning Walk Two Moons, and a Newbery Honor Book, The Wanderer. Wonderfully clever touches by the illustrator, award-winning New Yorker cartoonist and cover artist Harry Bliss, include signs in the cafeteria ("Why not study while you chew?") and the priceless expressions on students' and teachers' faces as Principal Keene announces yet another plan to increase school daze. Wonderful! (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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When a principal loves his school so much that he wants the children to attend classes every day of the year, it's up to his students to show him free time is a good thing, too.

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