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Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Jamaica likes the substitute teacher, Mrs. Duval, right away. So when there’s a spelling test, of course Jamaica wants to please her by spelling all the words right. But this time something goes wrong and Jamaica has to make an important decision. . . . What will Mrs. Duval think of her now?
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 24th 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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Abigail Gibb
Feb 02, 2011 Abigail Gibb rated it liked it
This book was decent, but it wasn't the greatest piece of children's literature I've ever read. It had a good theme, but it wasn't very exciting. I did, however, really like the illustrations. They were vibrant and beautiful. But overall, I wouldn't recommend reading it.
Feb 23, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it
I have read most of the Jamaica series by Juanita Havill and illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien. Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher presents a learning situation with a moral dilemma that Jamaica has to work through, reflect on, and then internalize. In each book of the series Jamaica struggles with concepts of right and wrong and Jamaica's moral compass grows via her interaction with others. Like in Jamaica's Find the book captures moments of growth in children's lives that all children can ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 24th, 2014

Author: Juanita Havill; Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Title: Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher

Plot: Jamaica wants to be the perfect student for her substitute teacher Mrs. Duval all week long. Will Jamaica succeed in doing that or will one mistake ruin her chance to be the perfect student?

Setting: Jamaica's classroom

Characters: Jamaica; Brianna; Mrs. Duval; Cynthia; Thomas;

Point-of-View: Third-Person

Theme: Honesty; Perfection; Truth

Style: Narrative Picture-Book
Aug 25, 2010 Mekia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: right-wrong
This is a great book that can help students learn that they can be wrong sometimes. They don't have to be right all the time. This book is about a little girl who loves her substitute teacher instantly. She tries to impress the teacher by cheating on a Spelling test to make sure that she gets every word right.
Feb 20, 2015 Haley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this story a young girl, Jamaica, ends up cheating on her vocabulary test because she feels like she needs to be perfect. She ends up feeling like she was still not perfect even though she received 100% on her paper. This is a great lesson for students and teaches them that we don't need to be perfect in every single thing we do.
Sabrina Robinson
May 05, 2009 Sabrina Robinson rated it liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
Deals with morality in the classroom. A diverse picture book.

Jamaica reminds me of my littlest sister-in-law, a bright young overachiever. Great to see a good, nice substitute teacher - not an evil one! ([title: Sideways Stories from Wayside School])
Oct 07, 2011 Efundunke rated it really liked it
Great read for honesty/justice. Students are reminded that they are not expected to be perfect, and that it is okay to make mistakes. Perfect scores on assignments and/or the right answers do not equate to being more special than anyone else.
Aug 11, 2011 Gretchen rated it really liked it
Good story about being honest when cheating. If only all teachers were as nice as Jamaica's substitute teacher!
Kindergarten-Grade 2 SLJ
multicultural school experiences, African-American, cheating on a spelling test, honesty, admitting to cheating, being special, nice substitute teachers
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This one was didactic AND boring. Imagine. And the pictures were hideous.
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Robin Rousu
Not the best of the Jamaica books, but still a solid school story. Ages 5-7.
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Juanita Havill is the author of more than thirty books for children, including I HEARD IT FROM ALICE ZUCCHINI, a collection of poems about the garden; JAMAICA'S FIND, Reading Rainbow Review Book, IRA-CBC Children's Choice and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award); JAMAICA TAG-ALONG American Bookseller Pick of the Lists); and EYES LIKE WILLY'S (Crown-Lamplighter honor book). She lives and gardens ...more
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