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What do you think of this book as a gift for a preschool teacher?

Asked by Supacase (14533points) May 2nd, 2010

My daughter is 4 and in pre-pre-K (she misses the birth date cutoff, so she has an extra 11 months before she starts Kindergarten). Her teacher is wonderful and I say this because she a little different than most. She might tell a child to get off the table and is satisfied if they do it even after a few seconds and moving very slowly. She says it is because they need to keep their dignity in tact. Whatever it is, they love her. I love the things my daughter comes home talking about – she is learning common things in unique ways.

Anyway, I bought this book Hooray for Diffendoofer Days! by Dr. Seuss with help from a couple of other people. It’s a great book about how we can learn to think in different ways, but the best part is the back section showing Seuss’s drawings and notes. He passed away before it was completed.

The illustrations are not exactly Seussian and my daughter thinks they are scary, so I thought it was just a wasted purchase. Then I had the idea of giving it to her teacher as an end-of-year gift. I don’t know, though. I know they are tired of knick-knacks and all that. Would this fall under the just more junk category or something cool that she might love? She is a kind of a funky, free-spirit, but not in that ditzy stereotypical way.

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jazmina88's avatar

I think it’s a great idea. Teachers are happy with any recognition. and it’s way thoughtful!!

Jeruba's avatar

I think it is an excellent choice, based on your description. I wouldn’t hesitate.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I think it’s a great gift. Lane Smith also illustrated The True Story of the Three Little Pigs As Told to A. Wolf, so the illustration style is similar.

I remember that when we first read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs to my oldest daughter, it blew her away. We had to read it over and over, and had a discussion about there are two sides to every story. For months afterwards, she would retell stories from the perspective of a different character in the book.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

You made a good choice. Teachers appreciate gifts they can use to continue to do their jobs in their own special way.

Seek's avatar

I think that’s an excellent gift.

If the teacher is anything like me, she probably still cries every time she reads “The Lorax”, and remembers being sad the day she heard Dr. Seuss had died. (I was in first grade…).

Likeradar's avatar

I think it’s an excellent gift, and would be beautifully accompanied by a hand written, heart felt note of how much you appreciate her, and why.

zephyr826's avatar

This looks like a wonderful book. I may have to pick up a copy for myself. I think it’s the perfect gift.

I clicked on the “surprise me” link for the amazon site and it took me to the page about standardized testing. NCLB strikes again!

Zen_Again's avatar

I’m with @jazmina88 and @Jeruba – or J ‘n’ J as I like to call them (in this thread).

By the way, Dr. Seuss didn’t need any “friends” to help him write his 30 plus books – it’s just he’s been dead for a while and they’re still writing stuff using his name.


janbb's avatar

Sounds great to me!

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