Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Year of Miss Agnes book review

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill

This was a great book. I read this to my 6 year old son aloud. Be prepared to look up the geography of Alaska as that is the setting of the book. The story is told from the eyes of a school girl who attends a small school where the students are of all ages. They are used to a high turn around of teachers due to their low and sporadic attendance caused by the way of life of the native people and the work they had to do, as well as the horrible fishy smell that permeates the children and their environment. Miss Agnes is an exceptional teacher who truly cares about the children and teaches them the value of an education and gives them hope for a future with many options. She even is able to convince the mother of a deaf girl to allow her to come to school and shows she is capable of learning by showing her sign language. The whole class learns some sign language along with the girl. It is a sweet book with a happy ending. I recomend this book for all ages.

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