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A Fine, Fine School

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Sharon Creech
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Date of Publication: 2001
ISBN: 006027736X
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2002

Synopsis: (from the publisher) 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." 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. Newbery Medal-winning author Sharon Creech and celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss team up in this charming and hilarious book about what happens when the love of learning goes a bit too far.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Design your own book bag like the ones in the book.
•  What do you "learn" to do on weekends, holidays, and summers? Draw!
•  Make a mini-book, like the ones in the book, of your favorite school things.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!