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When their teacher Mrs. Giordano is sick and a new substitute teacher, Miss Pelly takes over, things are bound to go wrong. A student writes in an epistolary poems format, explaining why Miss Pelly is doing things wrong and how she misses her teacher.
I read this cute picture book to the tots I volunteered with. They thought the book was funny. However, I am not sure they grasped the entire message of the book until we discussed the book. The book had an interesting way to encourage children to try new experiences because they might enjoy it. A good book especially for children who are nervous in trying new things.
**Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion**
Dear Substitute gets to the heart of what children feel when a substitute teacher enters their class. The shock, the differences, the disappointments, the frustrations. The story is delivered through a series of letters, written by a child, about everything from the turtle tank (that didn't get cleaned, as it should) and line leader responsibilities (which don't function the same, in the absence of classroom teacher Mrs. Giordano). With a comedic touch throughout, and gorgeous artwork on every spread, Dear Substitute resolves sweetly with the realization that different can be OK. Great even.
This was a sweet and relatable book. The protagonists’ day is completely thrown off by this new substitute who’s shown up to take over the classroom for the day.
I loved the illustrations and the writing style reminded me of free verse which I really liked. I wasn’t sure of how the story would go from the middle on but the ending was really sweet and I loved it.
Rating: 4 Stars!
Recommendation: ages 0 & upup
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review