Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I WILL NEVER GET A STAR ON MRS. BENSON'S BLACKBOARD by Jennifer K. Mann

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     40          Ages     5 - 8
AR Quiz No. 175565 EN Fiction
 IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Rose is different. Rose is messy. Rose isn't good at the things Mrs. Benson gives stars for on the blackboard. She isn't very good at math, and when she reads out loud, it isn't loud enough. Her desk is a mess. Rose wants a star on the blackboard but she just knows it will never happen, and that makes her sad.

One day an artist comes to Mrs. Benson's class to talk about his art. Rose is so excited! She LOVES to draw and paint! Daydreaming about Mr. Sullivan's visit, Rose trips while carrying the class snack and makes a big mess. Sigh . . . . . "I won't be getting that star anytime soon," she thinks.

At the end of the day, Mrs. Benson is checking desks for neatness. Rose knows her desk is a mess. She has butterflies in her stomach and as the teacher gets closer to her last desk in the last row, it turns into a full-fledged tummy ache. (I feel sorry for Rose. I was not the neatest child and I don't think ANY child should have to experience a tummy ache just for a messy desk.) Luckily for Rose, the bell rings before Mrs. Benson gets to her desk. (At this point, I'm REALLY disliking Mrs. Benson as she says, "Close call, huh, Rosey? I'll look at yours tomorrow." I mean, let's let Rose stress out all night!)

Rose gets to school early the next morning so she can clean her desk. In the afternoon, the children make thank-you cards for Mr. Sullivan. Rose gets out all of her art supplies and makes a great big card with paintings on both sides. She also makes a big mess. But to her surprise, Mrs. Benson just laughs. And then the other kids laugh, and so does Rose. And Mrs. Benson tells her she is a true artist, just like Mr. Sullivan! Rose is so proud!

At the end of the day, Mrs. Benson puts Rose's name on the blackboard and calls her up to put a star by her name. Rose FINALLY got her star!

I guess the best lesson kids can take away from this book is to not be too serious about some things, and to be able to laugh at yourself. Toward the end when the teacher and the class are laughing at the mess Rose made while creating her masterpiece, she could very well have taken it personally and felt even worse about herself but she didn't. I think I would make sure to discuss this with your child.  I guess the best way to put it is that it teaches children perspective - how serious something is in relation to the whole.

Used right, I Will Never Get a Star... can be a valuable addition to your reading list.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie


I Will Never Get a Star... can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.















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