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Miss Nelson Has a Field Day (Miss Nelson #3)

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The notorious Miss Swamp reappears at the Horace B. Smedley School, this time to shape up the football team and help them to win at least one game.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 24th 1988 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1985)
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After the horrendous making of Miss Nelson Is Back I was apprehensive about whether I would love and enjoy this book. This book was written years after the first book was published and I believe because Miss Nelson is Missing! is iconic now that the pressure to write this book was less intense compare to the sequel. I believe the author went back to his roots and played a beautiful tribute to this children series. I absolutely love
Kelly Timian
Mar 28, 2014 Kelly Timian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
• This book is from a series about one special teacher named Miss Nelson. In this story, the whole school is down in the dumps including the "Smedley Tornadoes" football team. Everyone is worried about losing the big Thanksgiving game against their rivals the Central Werewolves. Coach Armstrong goes home sick with the measles and a new teacher Viola Swamp steps in as temporary coach of the football team. Miss Swamp was an expert in football and whips the team into shape. When Coach Armstrong ret ...more
Haley Dowty
Oct 02, 2014 Haley Dowty rated it really liked it
Miss Nelson Has a Field Day by Harry Allard is a fun book in the Miss Nelson series. The story takes place in Horace B. Smedley School where everyone is depressed because the football team has not won a game, or even scored a single point, all year. Everyone in the school tries to figure out a way to improve the football team and then in comes Miss Viola Sawmp, the meanest substitute in the whole world. She saves the day by whipping the team into shape and they win the big Thanksgiving Day game. ...more
Erika Bowden
Dec 09, 2015 Erika Bowden rated it really liked it
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The Horace B Smedley School football team hadn't won a game all year. The team even had really bad attitudes as they always were goofing off during practice because they always thought they were going to lose. This causes their coach to become mad and Miss Nelson sends him on vacation. Miss Nelson and Mr. Blandsworth overhear some of the students complain about the team and the problem that Miss Viola Swamp isn't around. The team ends up trying harder, and When Coach Armstrong returns, the team ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Selwa rated it really liked it
Last in the Miss Nelson trilogy ... I liked the twist at the end! :)
“Miss Nelson has a Field Day” is the third book in James Marshall and Harry Allard’s popular “Miss Nelson” series and this time, the Smedley Tornadoes football team gets some unexpected help for their big Thanksgiving game. “Miss Nelson has a Field Day” is a hilarious book that children will read over and over again for many years.

James Marshall and Harry Allard makes a great team (literally) in this third installment of the “Miss Nelson” series. Harry Allard and James Marshall make this story e
Laken Doom
Sep 17, 2012 Laken Doom rated it liked it
This picture story book is one of several in a series written by Harry Allard and James Marshall. It is a book I wouldn't really consider a "good" book for kids. It doesn't challenge the students to read and the plot doesn't force them to think very much either. I think the images are very basic and bland, they are bright to catch the attention but other than that I think they are relatively easy to overlook. The story line was students at Horace B. Smedley School were upset because the football ...more
Jenna Sommerkamp
Feb 04, 2013 Jenna Sommerkamp rated it really liked it
The Miss Nelson book series are fabulous books to read to Elementary aged children. This particular book, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, is one that children can learn many lessons from. The book is about the dreariness around school as a result of the football team who is not very good. Thanks to Miss Nelson and her plan to change the attitude and style of the football team; she is able to bring life back into the school. With the anticipation and curiosity of who the football coach really is, th ...more
Timothy Luken
Sep 24, 2013 Timothy Luken rated it it was ok
She is at it again! In this Miss Nelson book, the school's football team is having a tough time, not caring about getting better, and it is affecting the entire school. Miss Nelson sets out to fix this. She poses as the meanest substitute teacher the school has ever seen and whips the boys back into shape in enough time for the Thanksgiving game. With her sister posing as Miss Nelson, no one knows that the real Miss Nelson is the mean substitute in disguise. I didn't care too much for this book, ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I actually i didnt read the book yet i would LOVE to read it if there was a website or a site that i go on to read all the miss nelson books i'm 11 but i read them to my 6 year old sister ella so if you can make a website or there is ALREADY one please contact me or write back or something i have hotmail okay or you can inbox me on facebook just write in nancy uleiwi then if you see a picture of a girl wearing those dudes hat the hat is blue and she is holding a black phone ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Lydia rated it liked it
Miss Nelson, and more importantly Viola Swamp, are back! But this time they need to whip the school football team into shape before the all important Thanksgiving Game!

For fans of the series, this one does not disappoint and adds a clever twist as Ms. Nelson and Ms. Swap are seen at the same time!!!! (The plot thickens!)

No language, violence or sensual issues.

Elines Flores
Feb 07, 2015 Elines Flores rated it really liked it
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This book is the third in the Miss Nelson series. I know all about how Miss Nelson is the nasty Viola Swamp from reading the first book in the series, which is why I was attracted to read the book in the first place. I asked myself, "what will Miss Nelson be up to now?" I was completely surprised by the twist at the end, adding to the enjoyment of the read.
Dec 12, 2011 Colby rated it really liked it
Miss Nelson has a Field Day by Harry Allard is a classic children's book. It is a book that young children will enjoy reading and having read to them. I would use this book as read aloud in my classroom. I would use it as a "Think-Pair-Share" lesson. A think-pair-share lesson is when you read the story aloud to the students, as you are reading you stop at certain spots and ask the children to "think-pair-share" with a partner about what they think is going to happen next, or what they think abou ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Milo rated it it was amazing
"I love it. I want to give it five stars."

Mama change some of the words, she doesn't like the focus on every being sad because they are not part of a winning team. Although, she does like the idea that sometimes we have to focus if we want to accomplish a goal. She just thinks winning a football game is not as important as working as a team.
Apr 26, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Miss Nelson Has a Field Day (Miss Nelson #3) by Harry G. Allard, illustrated by James Marshall is the third in the Miss Nelson seris. This time Miss Viola Swamp reappears at the Horace B. Smedley School in time to whip the winless football team into shape and help them win the big game. The obvious need for Miss Swamp occurs to the principal as well as Miss Nelson, so we have a fake Viola Swamp appear before the real deal shows up as Coach Swamp.

The text is funny as usual. The hilarious illustr
Kayla Jensen
Sep 27, 2015 Kayla Jensen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I read this at work to my whole class of preschoolers because the topic of the week was on sports. It tied into my weeks lessons perfectly and I read it to them on the first day and used it as my introduction. It was a fun and interesting book to them so they stayed quiet which was exciting!
Dec 03, 2013 Cecilia rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe this story it is just too precious. I wondered the whole time what this book was about and I was very confused by what it meant. The pictures are well done and the message is clear. Without the help of their tough teacher the school seems to fail. It is not till their teacher takes off a day of work that we really see what is happening. The whole entire time I kept wondering what type of person it would take to help this school. The end of the book will leave you laughing like no ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, a-own
Cute, I always enjoy the Miss Nelson books. Great twist in this one, it actually gave me a chuckle at the end. Interesting how vocabulary has changed since it was published… I haven't heard "give someone the business" in a very long time!
Dec 09, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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Miss Swamp is back. Coach Swamp whips the football team back into shape. Marshall's illustrations are perfect for the story. Humorous and also a lesson folded in, great read for preschool kids.
Jun 05, 2016 kristina rated it liked it
Picture Book, Schools, Teachers, Football Stories

The notorious Miss Swamp reappears at the Horace B. Smedley School, this time to shape up the football team and make them win at least one game.
I got this one at a school book fair. Gave it to Joseph when he was a year or two. Couldn't help but laugh every time we would read it to him and he would giggle and repeat to us about the Linebacker trying to pussyfoot away.

8/12/10 I thought this length would be too long for a preschool group, even though I'm sure they would love the storytelling of it. So I tried it out in the fun storytelling "theme" of school-age and brought out all my family habits of reading it. A hit. The (small) group lo
Muttix Onlymuttix
My 11 year old gives it '4-ish' stars (from when he 'read it before'). 8 year old says 4.
Melissa Coyle
Could Miss Nelson have take lessons from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Hmmm.....
Katie Casey
Aug 08, 2015 Katie Casey rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-kids
A favorite classic from my childhood now read to our kids! Fun!
Oct 04, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
I picked this book as my read aloud. This was because I felt as if it had good pictures, and great oppurtunities to use many voices. I also like how it is also football season, and the school's football team is not very good, and so is ours. This book is about the school's football team, which isn't very good, and Miss Viola Swamp makes an appearance as the new coach, and whips that team into shape for the upcoming rivalry game. Maybe Viola Swamp needs to come coach UK's football team. This is g ...more
Monique Welch
May 18, 2014 Monique Welch rated it it was amazing
So cool. I love Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Viola Swamp!
Ethan Clarke
Jan 29, 2016 Ethan Clarke rated it liked it
Shelves: football, humor, school
the book is okay not the best
Elicia Royal
Nov 23, 2014 Elicia Royal marked it as to-read
I think it was very nice
Beyond the Pages
Apr 09, 2015 Beyond the Pages rated it really liked it
Too cute.
Apr 03, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
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