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A Fine, Fine School

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One day, Mr. Keene called all the students and teachers together and said, "This is a fine, fine school! From now on, let's have school on Saturdays too."And then there was more.

School all weekend.School on the holidays.

School in the SUMMER!

What was next . . .


So it's up to Tillie to show her well-intentioned principal, Mr. Keene, that even though his fine,
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 23rd 2003 by HarperCollins (first published 2001)
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For my first literacy lesson plan of the semester, I chose A Fine, Fine School and the focus skill of making and confirming predictions.

This is a story about Tillie and her school’s principal, Mr. Keene, who increases school days for his “fine, fine” school to include Saturdays, and then Sundays, and then holidays, and then summer, much to the chagrin of the teachers and students. It provides a lesson on the theme of "too much of a good thing can make it unpleasant."

I love Sharon Creech's poet
For some reason my kids loved this book. Part of it was that we only read half of it before we had to rush off one day, so they begged me to finish it later that night. I actually had stopped at that point for a reason, because this book makes a great point. What is learning? What does it look like? Book learning is great, but that's not all there is to it. This book offers a really interesting way to have that discussion with kids. The pictures are funny and we liked looking at them a lot.
My niece loves this book and has read it several times, but this was the first time my nephew and I have read this story. All three of us had a great time with it! It's pretty fun to read out loud; it might seem kind of annoyingly repetitive at first, but the principal is just so giddy about his school and about learning, he just can't overcome his enthusiastic (if repetitive) gushing.

My nephew was very emotionally engaged with the story, groaning with misery and frustration in all the intended
Lori Spadea
This is a great book for all ages. The story was about a girl who lived with her family, her brother, and her dog Beans and went to school. The school principal was very proud of everyone at the school so he decided to have school on Saturday so they could learn more. No one told him that they didn’t want to. Then he decided that was going so well that he would have school on Sunday, then Holidays, then summer, but no one told him they didn’t want to. Finally Tillie went to the principal and tol ...more
One day, Mr. Keene called all the students and teachers together and said, "This is a fine, fine school! From now on, let's have school on Saturdays too." And then there was more. ..weekends, holidays, SUMMER!

So it's up to Tillie to show her well-intentioned principal, Mr. Keene, that even though his fine, fine school is a wonderful place, it's not fine, fine to be there all the time.

I enjoy Sharon Creech and wanted to read her picture book. My kids get worried or hysterical when I read the part
As always, Sharon Creech tells this amusing and very fun story with a touch of mirthful class and a smooth undercurrent of understanding of the thoughts of young students.
I particularly enjoyed the little comic asides in the pictures, which are filled with subtle jokes and lots of funny moments. My favorite one of these was right near the beginning of the book, when Tillie is on the bus reading "Pleasing the Ghost", written by you-know-who. :-)
In all, this was a good book that lived up to its
This book is good to read to make children think about what would happen if schools were opened 365 days. This book is something that the students could relate to themselves. the illustrations on this book is amazing. As the students starts going to school on the holidays and even on the weekend, the illustrator does an amazing job adding the small details on the book. For example, the reader can notice that there is a toothpaste and toothbrush in one of the student's locker. Most importantly, t ...more
Sandra Ayala
A Fine, Fine School is a children’s picture book about a school run by a principal who believes all the students are perfect. Indeed the school is pretty perfect; the kids are always on time, they are eager to learn. The kids are happy to be at the school as well as the teachers. Everyone gets along at the school and there are never any problems. This leads the principal to think that he should run school longer. He first decides to cut recess so that the kids would be in the classroom more. The ...more
The Book "A Fine Fine School"By Sharon Creech"
This book is about a girl name Tillie that went to a fine school where everybody was learning. There principal Mr. Keene was proud of every student. Tille went to school Monday though Friday so Saturday and Sunday she'll play with her little brother and teach him things like to swing and to skip. She would also have her own time like climbing trees.However, Mr. Keene thinks that they should learn more. He Starting saying Saturday school and Sunday s
Ana Loza
I read about a girl named Tillie who would go to a good school and her principal would like the school soo much nand would like how the kids learned that he made them come to school on saterdays , then on sundays too . but the kids didnt know how to tell the principle thats they didnt want to have school all week . but then he made them have school on the holidays and the whole summmer too , so tillie went to the principle and told him thats she needed to teach her little brother and her dog . s ...more
Loved the message, loved the illustrations. Makes a very definite point, but with "aww - how cute" humor.
Michele and her First Graders
this book elicited many moans and groans and (finally!) cheers at the end from sympathetic students.
Colby Sharp
I must read this book aloud to my fourth graders.
Titis Wardhana
what, no holidays!!!

Gimana klo tiba2 kepsek km abis sidak keliling ke kelas2 trus bangga banget sama siswa en skulnya, tiba2 bikin pengumuman kalo hari minggu masuk, trus lama2 tgl merah masuk, trus masuk terus gada libur? bete buangettt kan. begitulah yang dialami Tillie. Kepseknya tiba2 memutuskan kalau setiap hari masuk terussss. Teman2 Tillie sampai guru2 pada kesel pastinya. Jadi Tillie pun mengambil tindakan...

gambarnya bagussss en so colorful, argumen yang Tillie ke kepseknya juga masuk a
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Mr. Keene is an excellent principle and loves seeing all of the students learning every day. One day he calls the school together for an assembly and announces a big decision: that school is going to be held on Saturdays, too! Pretty soon, Mr. Keene has the students coming to school every day of the year! The students and teachers begrudgingly show up each day, but it's not until Tillie shows Mr. Keene all of the learning that she's missing outside o
Emily Levings
Creech, S. & Bliss, H. (2001). A Fine, Fine School. New York, NY.: Scholastic, Inc.

This is a very repetitive book, but it really helps get children to understand certain words, and it has a good vocabulary for children. I think this book is for children from ages 8-10 because of how many words are in it and the wide range in vocabulary. I loved reading this book and looking at the pictures, because when you stop and read the pictures the books the students are learning from are quite funny.
Tillie goes to Mr. Keene’s school – he’s the Principal – Monday through Friday. On the weekends she spends time with her little brother and her dog, Beans. But all of that changes when Mr. Keene decides to make school year-round. He’s so impressed with his students and how much they’re learning (and how fine the school is) that he schedules school on Saturdays, then Sundays, then holidays, then summer vacation… Until Tillie decides to have a word with him. She explains, very carefully (so as not ...more
A Fine, Fine School is about a principal and his school undergoing changes to their school calendar! The children love their school, but the principal wants to make the school finer than it already is by adding more learning time on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and even in the summer! The story then unfolds as the students work with their principal to compromise with having their fine, fine school, but also having some time off from learning for fun with their friends and families. The illustra ...more
Kimberly Gill
Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors. She uses repetition, humor, and captivating illustrations (by Harry Bliss) in this picture book. Principal Mr. Keene wants to have school all the time, on weekends, holidays, and even the summer. The main character, Tillie shows Mr. Keene that even though his fine, fine school is a wonderful place, it's not fine, fine to be there all the time. This book is an excellent English tie-in to making predictions.
Tommy Morales
This book was terrifying. the principal wanted school everyday like who does that. was he trying to kill the kids if I would've went to that school I would've been dropped out. what I look like wanting to go to school and learn about shapes like he was just torturing them. those kids must of been buff they lifted the principal and walked around like that.
The students in our third grade classroom seemed to get a kick out of this book. They loved the repetition and made tons of predictions on what they thought would happen next. They also loved discussing how horrible it would be to have school on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Great interaction with the text.
Mr. Keene is the principal who thinks that his school is a fine,fine school,his teachers are fine, fine and the students are fine, fine. Mr. Keene thinks we need more school so, he decides they need to go on the weekends. A little girl named Tillie lived next to the school with her brother and her dog. Her brother and her dog watched her go to school. Mr. Keene decided they needed more school so, they went on holidays. The brother and dog watched Tillie go to school. Mr. Keene decided they neede ...more
The Styling Librarian
A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech, pictures by Harry Bliss – Fabulous book, love Sharon Creech, wonderful school, hilarious storyline, should be shared every year- to lead discussions on balance between school and time at home, learning, need for independence, and more…
Brandon Menjivar
I think this book is well done as in it has really good words for someone to find them or I don't know its about some kids that go to school, and well the school is called this is a fine, fine school. They study all kind of stuff like dragons and stuff like that.
This book is so cute. The principal loves his school and everyone in it he decides to have school 365 days a year with no breaks. Tillie as little girl is the only one brave enough to talk to him. I love the way she explains how wrong his decisions were. I also liked the pictures. They complemented the text wonderfully. I also agree with Tillie that too much school is a bad thing, a very bad thing. She explains to him that learning also happens outside of school and if they are in school how is ...more
Amber the Human
A book that makes a lot of good points. I hope I never have to read it to my kid to help them understand why they have so much school. But it does seem like this is the way society is going - all work and no play.
Nikki Smith
The book A Fine, Fine, School written by Sharon Creech is a story about a young girl whose school principal is obsessed with school. The further into this story I got, I realized that I had it read to as a child in elementary school. I can remember reading along with the pictures and the funny captions to all of the photos. The story talks about all types of learning, not only in a classroom and teaches kids that school can be fun but you learn something new each day. It shows respect for the te ...more
Mr. Keene is a principal who loves his students, teachers and school. In order to do better for his school Mr. Keene decides that more school sounds like a great idea so that more learning can occur! The students and teachers do not like Mr. Keene's idea but don't want to hurt his feelings so they don't say anything about it and just go along. After awhile Tillie, a student at the school, decides that she must explain to Mr. Keene that while they are learning a lot at school, they are not able t ...more
Nancy Jo Lambert
In this book, Tillie lives with her parents, her little brother, and her dog. She also goes to Mr. Keene's School. Mr. Keene is so proud of his school, his teachers, and his students.

He is so proud in fact that he decides that the kids should be at school learning on the weekends, on Holidays, and over the summer.

Tilie loves to learn and no one at the school wants to tell Mr. Keene that his ideas are not bloved. However, when the opportunity arises, Tillie shares with Mr. Keene that not all the
Zilha B.
This book is about a fine, fine school. Because it is such a fine, fine school, the principal decides they should have school on Saturdays too. Then, they began school on weekends, holidays, and summer. It was up to Tillie though to convince or persuade the principal that although they had a fine, fine school and it is a wonderful place, it is not fine, fine to be there all the time. This book would be great to use in a classroom to talk about persuasion. Students could discuss what they would d ...more
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I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only full of
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