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|Art of Miss Chew|
Author: Polacco, Patricia
A teacher encourages individuality, accepts learning differences, & helps a young student with academic difficulties get extra time for tests & permission to be in advanced art classes.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 150083
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 57067
Common Core Standards
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/12)
School Library Journal (03/01/12)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2012 Gr 2–4—Readers familiar with Polacco's often-autobiographical work will recognize this picture book as another heartwarming tribute to an adult who interceded when young Trisha was most vulnerable. This time, the author looks back with gratitude to an art teacher. Drawing was the only positive aspect of Trisha's school day, but she was almost robbed of that pleasure by a substitute teacher who tried to remove her from Miss Chew's class. Fortunately Mrs. Spaulding did not prevail, and Miss Chew not only inspired the child's artistic talents but also played a key role in unraveling the mystery of her reading disability and getting her the proper support. Polacco's recall of events in her past is remarkable, and the detailed representational paintings bring to life scenes that evoke both true sorrow and absolute joy. Libraries will definitely want to add this gem to their collections.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/15/2012 As a student, Patricia is often knowledgeable on academic subjects but fails tests. Fortunately, her teacher Mr. Donovan realizes that she simply needs more time for taking them. He also spots her art ability and refers her to Miss Chew, head of the high-school art department, who speaks with a heavy accent, calls her “Teresa,” and nurtures her talent. When a substitute teacher fails to understand Patricia’s disability and threatens to remove her from art classes, Miss Chew comes to the rescue. All ends triumphantly with an art show. Like the author’s previous Thank You, Mr. Falker (2001), this autobiographical story captures the frustrations of a student with an undiagnosed disability and stands as a tribute to two inspiring teachers. Illustrated with Polacco’s characteristic pencil-and-marker art, the moving memoir will resonate with any student who has struggled with reading and should also spark empathy among their classmates. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.