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A Fine, Fine School (edition 2003)

by Sharon Creech, Harry Bliss (Illustrator)

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Title:A Fine, Fine School
Authors:Sharon Creech
Other authors:Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2003), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:illustrations, reluctant readers, children, learning, hilarious, contemporary realistic fiction

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Sharon Creech writes this children’s book about a girl named Tilly. Tilly goes to a school where the principal is super proud of his school and always wants to be in school! First he extends schools to Saturdays too, and then Sundays, holidays and eventually summer too! Sharon Creech using great examples of run-on sentences to emphasize how often they are in school and the long lists of everything they are learning throughout the book. Eventually Tilly talks to the principal about how important it is to learn other things too outside of school, like how to climb trees, teach younger brothers how to skip, and teach dogs to skip. This book is a cute message that reinforces the importance of school, but also family and fun. Creech does a great job relating to students who would dread having school every single day of the year. Harry Bliss illustrates this book with unique characteristics. Bliss does a terrific job at emphasizing the emotions of characters on each page and helping the words come to life through illustrations.
  kamann1 | Mar 30, 2016 |
A Fine, Fine School is about a girl who goes to school every day . The principal of the school thinks the school is such a fine, fine place. It's the best school with the best teachers and the best students. The principal thinks that the students should be learning more and more so he decides to have school on saturdays. Then he thinks that there needs to be more school so he decides to have school on sundays. He thinks that it's so great that the students are learning, so he decides to have school on holidays. He then decides to have school during the summer too so that everyone can learn even more. The students and teachers are really frustrated but no one has the heart to be able to tell the principal that they don't want to do as much school as they're doing. Finally, Tillie got so frustrated that she decided to go talk to the principal. She told him that she wasn't able to teach her brother how to swing and skip and she couldn't teach her dog how to do things. He decided to let everyone have breaks in the school year so that there are times for other things.
  chloethom1818 | Mar 28, 2016 |
This story is about a principal who loved learning so much he decided to have school everyday. The students did not know how to tell the principal they did not like this idea, because he was so proud and excited finally. Finally Tillie informs the principal that not everyone is learning, because learning also takes place outside of school. GENRE: contemporary realistic fiction. USES: teach learning happens everywhere, illustrations. MEDIA: ink and watercolor.
  Adrinnon | Feb 28, 2016 |
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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 |
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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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