‘If you could swap places with your teacher for a day, what would you teach your teacher to do?’
Teaching the Teacher, written by Joan van Loon and illustrated by Chantal Stewart (published by UQP 2008), humorously turns the tables on the teacher and child relationship.
The teacher, Ms Cherry, demonstrates whilst doing a sum, that even she can make mistakes. ‘But, it’s all right if you make a mistake because everybody comes to school to learn.’
A young boy and his class mates decide to teach Ms Cherry what it’s like to be a child again at school. To hurry up and line up, sit cross-legged on the floor, climb a tree, and eat an apple with no front teeth.
Learning is tough and Ms Cherry is finding out the hard way!
But the class isn’t finished yet. Ms Cherry still has to learn how to climb the monkey bars, play dress ups, and dive-bomb in the swimming pool.
The children lend a helping hand to their poor exhausted teacher who has fallen in a heap in the cushions. ‘Open your eyes. Wake up, please, Ms Cherry.’ The young boy is woken from his daydream by Ms Cherry and the class.
Children and teachers will enjoy the lively water colour illustrations that depict the amusing events of school life. There are many opportunities for discussion, and this clever story reinforces the message that we never stop learning, whatever our age.
Reviewed by Renee Taprell (Books for Little Hands)
Renee Taprell is an Early Childhood Teacher and aspiring children's author. Her blog, Books for Little Hands, focuses on picture books and writing for young children.
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