On the first day of school Miss Daisy caught a mouse and squashed it in front of her speechless class - there was never a discipline problem after that. Similarly, when Miss Daisy revealed that in the original Olympics they ran without clothing, the classroom was as quiet as when the mouse died. North Carolina storyteller Davis's pacing and tone are perfect as he delivers these gems. Later, when Davis's mother needed a babysitter, she found a woman "who was old, she could have been 50, she was up there." Davis's emphasis on the words "old" and "up there" perfectly captures a kid's view of age. Most beautiful is his recitation of Kipling's poetry as the babysitter entertains the children.
In "Miss Annie", when two boys need watching until their school teaching mom gets home after work, they find themselves entrusted to a widow who is so much fun the whole town is sure she's C-R-A-Z-Y.
For Adults and Young Adults
©1990 Donald Davis; (P)1993 August House Publishers, Inc.
"Davis weaves his stories as a craftsman weaves fin fabric. There are no holes." (Lexington Herald-Leader)
This is a story about teaching with a passion for learning not pouring facts into kids head. This was before the day of standardized test, when thinking was an important ingredient to learning. This is creative!! and exciting about what school could be like. Do you think that we are instilling these kinds of fond memories of school today. I hope so or I hope we will be inspired to do things differently.
The story is rated adult/teen - but it makes great family listening.
Who wasn't in the 4th grade. What class didn't think they could break that teacher in just so -- . Miss Daisy has a unique method of teaching and Davis has a wonderful way of telling a story. Look for others by Davis. He can be amusing and heartwarming.
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