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Mrs. Millie has lots of fun teasing her kindergartners. She tells them to hang up their goats, eat gorilla cheese sandwiches, and to remember to wear their bats and kittens when they go outside for recess. Coupled with hilarious artwork that literally interprets each of Mrs. Millie’s "mistakes," this lighthearted read-aloud sets a typical school day on its ear, even as it teaches a subtle lesson on wordplay.
Every morning at school, Mrs. Millie says, "Please hang up your book bugs."
The kindergarteners know she means book bags, and they laugh whenever their teacher talks silly. On Mrs Millie's birthday, the children decide to throw a surprise party. They decorate the classroom with baboons (balloons) and set out chocolate cubcakes (cupcakes) and apple moose (juice). Mrs. Millie has never enjoyed such a wonderful bird-day! The illustrations rendered in Prismacolor pencil, dyes, pen, and ink highlight the fun in this classroom romp.
Mrs. Millie is really silly. She loves to substitute animal words for other words when talking to her kindergarten class. On a class trip to Philadelphia, the kids board a "platypus" (school bus), "hold hens with their buddies" (hold hands with their buddies), and visit the "Liberty Bull" (Liberty Bell). The students love to laugh and correct their favorite teacher. What fun! Joe Mathieu's colored pencil, pen, and ink artwork literally interprets each of Mrs. Millie's "mistakes" and adds hilarity to this lighthearted read-aloud about the city of brotherly love.
Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
My hope is this story will facilitate many more conversations that bring about meaningful change.