When You Just have To Roar!

Written by Rachel Roberston ♦ Illustrated by Priscilla Prentice ♦ Art Direction Jim Handrigan ♦ Published by Redleaf Press

In every classroom, there is a person who cares about the way children learn, grow, and feel—you, the teacher! The affirming verses and fanciful illustrations in A Teacher’s Promise express what all teachers wish for the children they teach—that they develop self-confidence, perseverance, curiosity, and an enjoyment of learning. A Teacher’s Promise can help ease fears children might have about joining a new classroom or child care setting. The book can help reassure children about the ways adults will guide and teach them, help them when they make mistakes, lead them to discover and imagine, and help them make friends.

Age focus: 3-6. Hardcover, 32 pgs.

little boy roaring

KIRKUS REVIEW

Not the exploration of emotions the title might indicate but instead a look at classroom expectations for those just starting school.

“It was just one of those days in Ms. Mya’s classroom.” Those who work with young children may smile at the mischief these kids get up to—from jumping on a chair and playing catch with a stuffie to running and drumming, these kids are loud and boisterous. But luckily, Ms. Mya has her “I need your attention right now” and her “I’m making an important announcement” voices to help her get the students’ attention and explain what her expectations are. Together, the class makes a list of positively stated expectations that they will all follow, and at the end of the day, Ms. Mya, in her “I have something special to tell you” voice, presents a list of expectations for herself. A note to adult readers in the backmatter explains that children cannot know they are misbehaving if they do not know what is expected of them. Prentice’s brightly colored illustrations capture the exuberance and innocence of these ethnically diverse children wonderfully—they are not being naughty; they are just exploring and being kids, and once the expectations are explained, they abide by them.

A reassuring explanation of both expectations in general and the behaviors expected of students in school. (Picture book. 3-6)

character sketches of boys
sketches of girls
two page spread illustration of kids eating and teacher smiling
illustration of children with family
Teacher holding up clasrrom rooms, kids screaming with fun
little girl gleefully throwing papers

Teacher’s Promise

Written by Rachel Roberston ♦ Illustrated by Priscilla Prentice ♦ Art Direction Jim Handrigan ♦ Published by Redleaf Press

In every classroom, there is a person who cares about the way children learn, grow, and feel—you, the teacher! The affirming verses and fanciful illustrations in A Teacher’s Promise express what all teachers wish for the children they teach—that they develop self-confidence, perseverance, curiosity, and an enjoyment of learning. A Teacher’s Promise can help ease fears children might have about joining a new classroom or child care setting. The book can help reassure children about the ways adults will guide and teach them, help them when they make mistakes, lead them to discover and imagine, and help them make friends.

Age focus: 3-6. Hardcover, 32 pgs.

illustration of kids floating in air holding balloons for Teacher's Promise book
illustration of kids floating in air holding balloons for Teacher's Promise book
illustration of kids zooming in space for Teacher's Promise book
illustration of kids zooming in space for Teacher's Promise book
Character sketches for Teacher's Promise children's book
Sketch of preschool age girls drawing and playing with blocks
drawing of children climbing a tree
Sketch of girl picking carrots from a dramatic perspective

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