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A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

A Fine, Fine School

by Sharon Creech

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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 |
I really like this book, the story is funny, and the pictures are hilarious. High interest for younger students, but possibly could be used for a discussion prompt for older students. Could be used for first week of school story to help students appreciate ONLY going to school 5 days a week. Could prompt a discussion of what kinds of things students learn at home vs. at school, why both are important, and how much school is necessary. ( )
  MaestraDixon | Jul 21, 2012 |
This story belongs to the fantasy genre because, in the story, the principal of Fine Elementary School thinks it will be beneficial for the students if they have school 365 days a year.
The plot of the story keeps readers interested because, in the beginning, the principal announces they are going to have school on Saturdays, and, in the end, in turns out that they will have school on every single day. The illustrations show how unmotivated the students and the faculty members are.
Media: acrylic paint
Age: Primary ( )
  hwang11 | Mar 12, 2012 |
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Primary
Media: acrylic paint
Review: In reality, a principal of a school could not decide to have the school open all the days of the year. It would have to be run through the district and the school board before that was decided. The author makes this believable because principals do want their students to learn and grow more.
Point of view: 3rd person omniscient because you know what the principal is thinking, and also Tillie and other students. The narrator is "overlooking" the story. ( )
  jmilton11 | Mar 2, 2012 |
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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 . . .


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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