The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco

91%

9 Critic Reviews

The joy of artistic creation and the value of teachers who are willing to look outside the box come through clearly in the first-person narrative and Polacco’s fluid illustrations.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

After spending the summer with her artist grandmother, Trisha knows she wants to be an artist, too. She's thrilled when her sketches get her into Miss Chew's special art class at the high school. A substitute teacher tells her she's wasting time on art when she should be studying - but fortunately, this is one battle that Miss Chew and Trisha are up for!

This true story shows just how important a teacher can be in a child's life - and celebrates the power of art itself.
 

About Patricia Polacco

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Patricia Polacco (www.patriciapolacco.com) is the prolific author and illustrator of over fifty picture books, including New York Times bestseller The Junkyard Wonders. An energetic and enthusiastic public speaker, she visits over 100 classrooms every year. She lives in Union City, Michigan.
 
Published April 12, 2012 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Art of Miss Chew
All: 9 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 15 2012

The paired lessons—of art as a crucial element in education and of the importance of recognizing different learning styles—come through clearly, leavened by Polacco's use of color and gesture.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 05 2012

The joy of artistic creation and the value of teachers who are willing to look outside the box come through clearly in the first-person narrative and Polacco’s fluid illustrations.

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Claire Martin on May 13 2012

Her story will give wings to other slow readers, and the subtext about how artists perceive negative space and perspective will give every reader, young and old, new insight into seeing the world.

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A Book and a Hug

Excellent
Reviewed by Barb

Lovers of Thank You, Mr. Falker and The Junkyard Wonders I bring tidings of joy. Patricia Polacco has written another one.

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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Excellent

The story and illustrations are both powerful and captivating; this book is a true delight.

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Kiss the Book

Good
Reviewed by Cindy Mitchell on May 03 2012

Unless you are a substitute teacher, you will absolutely love everything about this book – not only do you need it in your library, but you need to read it for faculty meeting! What a lovely piece of inspiration.

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ArcaMax

Good
Reviewed by Lee Littlewood on May 07 2012

Polacco's detailed paintings and precise recalling of a memorable time in her youth make "The Art of Miss Chew" a beautifully told story and an important ode to art teachers everywhere.

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Liz's Book Snuggery

Good
Reviewed by Liz on Mar 13 2012

I love this book because it is very inspiring, enlightening and affirming.

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Bookananda

Good
Reviewed by Deana on May 12 2012

I recommend the book to any parent whose child struggles in school or loves art.

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