Dear Teacher, A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us
By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sweet message of thanks for the life lessons teachers share.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows how life lessons are an important part of education.
Be grateful for those who have help us learn perseverance, acceptance, kindness, and inclusion.
Positive Role Models
Teachers of all kinds help kids learn and grow. The cast of teachers and kids are racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse, including a boy wearing a patka (sikh turban), a girl in a head scarf, and a bearded teacher in a turban.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dear Teacher, A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us, is a picture book filled with gratitude for the life lessons that teachers provide their students. From feelings of support and acceptance to helping kids learn perseverance, patience, and sharing, author Paris Rosenthal has a message of thanks for teachers on every colorful page. The faces and curves of Holly Hatam's illustrations capture the diversity, warmth, and youthful energy of the kids at the park, on the court, in the classroom, and more. This is the fourth book in a series that includes Dear Girl, Dear Boy, and Dear Baby.
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What's the Story?
DEAR TEACHER is a celebration of all the ways teachers have an impact on children's lives, both in the immediate moment and through adulthood. The full-color pages give thanks for the ways teachers help children see their potential, take deep breaths to focus themselves, share, reach, choose their own paths, be compassionate, think outside the box, and more.
Is It Any Good?
This uplifting, brightly colored picture book puts into words the true appreciation kids and parents feel for the teachers in their lives. Dear Teacher captures the in-the-moment feelings of safety and support children feel from their teachers, and the fond memories adults have of the teachers who made an impact on their lives. The snapshots of thanks in the sweet, engaging pictures of the diverse kids are rooted in emotions, the feeling that their teachers are in their corner, inspiring kids to be great and good people.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about which of their own teachers come to mind when they read Dear Teacher: A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us. Who are you most grateful for?
What lessons would you like to pass on to others?
Which lessons were the hardest for you to learn and why?
- Author: Paris Rosenthal
- Illustrator: Holly Hatam
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: March 16, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Hardback, Kindle
- Last updated: March 16, 2021
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