Wednesday, December 12, 2012
TINSEL TREES, DANCING DREIDELS AND SANTA ELVIS
A book review from Mr. B. at the Grandview Branch:
Once upon a time, teachers in children’s books were nearly perfect people. In The Last Holiday Concert, Andrew Clements portrays choir director Mr. Meinert as a troubled teacher facing a budget-induced layoff. So troubled is Mr. Meinert, he turns his last holiday concert over to his 6th graders; who elect most popular student (and no fan of Mr. Meinert) Hart Evans as their director. It’s far from smooth sailing for Hart as he loses favor for actually “directing” while his classmates vie for the spotlight and Mr. Meinert just watches from his desk. In a conclusion worthy of a 6th grade GLEE Christmas episode, it comes warts-and-all together at the “Winterhope” concert. This seasonal romp with a message of peace and hope makes good reading any time of the year.
RL: 5-6 ; age: 10-12