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The Magical Ms. Plum

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  298 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Ms. Plum is the magical teacher every schoolkid wishes for!

Everybody wants to be in Ms. Plum’s class. It’s not just that she teaches the usual things in unusual ways. There’s something more, something about Ms. Plum herself—and her mysterious supply closet. Whenever she asks her students to get her an eraser or a pencil or some paper clips, they come back with something .
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nov 06, 2009 Kirby rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I read this book in manuscript form and fell in love with it immediately, sensing I was reading a contemporary Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. What kid isn't going to love a book about a magical closet that you enter looking for markers or art supplies and come out with a miniature animal. There's a catch, however: that mini animal ends up causing each kid to change in some way. Perfect for confident readers who are ready for a more sophisticated text but not the often age-inappropriate content ...more
Dec 28, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
Oh, magical grown-ups. You never get old. There is a long and strong tradition of grown-ups with extraordinary powers helping (or hindering) their young charges in the annals of children's literature. Your Mrs. Piggle-Wiggles. Your Mary Poppins. Your Ms. Frizzles. Your Younguncles, even. They're usually nannies or caretakers, but once in a while you get a teacher thrown into the mix. When someone described the plot of the early chapter book Magical Ms. Plum to me, though, I raised a skeptical ey ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Diana rated it it was amazing
If Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle had a sister who taught 3rd grade, she would be the delightful magical Ms. Plum. Bonny Becker has created that perfect teacher who is able to understand each student's quirks and needs. Every time Ms. Plum sends a student into her supply closet, they come out with a magical little animal friend or two. Tashala, the horse lover, comes out with a tiny horse, and she soon realizes that horses outside of her dreams have clean up issues. Eric, the class clown, gets a talking par ...more
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Oct 08, 2013 538 PM Jeremy Kossak rated it really liked it
Ms. Plum is a teacher at Springtime Elementary. The supply closet in her classroom holds many useful things, but it also holds something else...something mysterious. Join Ms. Plum's best class ever through a year of friendship, discoveries, and transformations! The students in Ms. Plum's third grade class learn a lot about each other and themselves in this allegory of growing up.

The prologue of the book is a great way to entice third graders to continue reading. The Magical Ms. Plum is an outsta
Dean Deters

Summary-The story is about a magical cabnet in a class .The teaacher picks on a kid to get something from the cabnet and they come out with a pet but it gose back at the end of the day .

Setting-The story takes place in a classroom .It is important to the story because in the classroom there is a magic cadnet .

Character Trait-Ms.Plum is the main character because she is a teacher .She is nice and kind .Because she says nice things like "it will be the best class ever"!

Most Important Event-One
Feb 05, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Mrs Piggle Wiggle as a teacher finding the perfect solution for each of her students' problems. Shades of the fabled 4th graders. Fun story to read aloud.
Ms. Plum reminded me of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, except that, unlike Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Ms. Plum is a third grade teacher. In her classroom is a magical supply closet. Whenever a child is sent to the supply closet to get something mundane (paperclips or tape, for example), that child always comes back with some sort of animal. And this animal always teaches the child a lesson. Eric talks too much and is constantly interrupting others. His animal is a parrot that can read his mind and says out loud w ...more
After reading the first chapter of The Magical Ms. Plum, I felt like it was going to be a real drag of amateur writing from start to finish. While the writing did improve a bit, what really turned this tale of third grade around is the creative premise that kept my wife, daughter, and I coming back for more after each chapter.

The story follows a Ms. Plum's third grade class for a year, and what is unique about Ms. Plum is that she has a supply closet imbued with magic. Whenever a kid goes to th
Nov 06, 2009 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Indeed…it’s true that everyone wants to be in Ms. Plum’s class. I especially would have loved to have been in such a magical classroom as a child. This is most certainly a children’s book, which is not usually a book that I review and recommend, but upon seeing the title, I knew it would be the kind of book that a lot of people would enjoy. I feel like it should be added to the list of great children’s books that become classic over time, like Where the Wild Things Are and Alexander and the Terr ...more
Lisa Ard
May 13, 2012 Lisa Ard rated it it was amazing
What a delightful read! Wouldn't it be nice if we could walk into a magical closet and find just what we need? That's the premise behind 'The Magical Ms. Plum'. Ms. Plum teaches third grade and every one of her students recognize that she's a little different. But they can't communicate how she's different. What happens in Ms. Plum's class stays in Ms. Plum's class. And what happens is this...each child will be sent to the supply closet when they need to go. Perhaps they are overly pessimistic, ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Cute story to be read with the niece. This story had some good lessons that were taught in some very fun ways. The niece giggled and really seemed to enjoy the story along with the things that were taught. We discussed some of the items that were learning experiences from the book.

Well written and highly enjoyed by my tween.
Aug 12, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
Working in a school, I have a chance to see the power of a good teacher to make a difference in the lives of his/her students. While I too try to make a difference, I only see each class once a week, so except for the avid readers who I see almost every day, I often don't know all the challenges that students struggle with, both personal and familial.

This light read involves students facing up to and learning from their weaknesses through the use of a magical closet and its magical inhabitants.
Mar 07, 2016 Carterkempgmail.Com rated it really liked it
Magical things pop out of Ms. Plum's supply closet, but only for the kids that need them. I liked this pretty well. Like nearly all beginning chapter books it's hard to imagine kids past 2nd grade reading this, but it has some spark that others lack.
Feb 23, 2015 Roslyn rated it liked it
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Interesting concept. The students in Ms. Plum's classroom are introduced to her supply closet where they encounter magical and mysterious creatures and situations that help the students become the best students she's ever had.
Sweet book! Great for kids newly confident in their reading skills.
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Tj Shay
Apr 19, 2014 Tj Shay rated it it was amazing
You just have to love a book about a teacher who helps kids find what they really need and who thinks they have the best class ever!! Love this book from Bonny Becker!!
Feb 09, 2014 Kym rated it liked it
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A fun book, reminiscent of Mrs. Pigglewiggle. Kids start thinking about some of their more annoying traits after a visit to the supply closet.
Apr 14, 2016 Becca rated it really liked it
Along the same lines as Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, which I still prefer. I felt it ended rather abruptly, but was still a good read that I think children would enjoy.
Danielle Mootz
Jan 28, 2016 Danielle Mootz rated it it was amazing
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My kindergartner and I loved reading this book. It was a lot more words to pictures then we are used to with our chapter books but left a lot to the imagination to create. Very cute with lots of magic and life lessons.
Danielle Fisher
May 11, 2014 Danielle Fisher rated it it was amazing
My 7 year old daughter devoured this book. Didn't want to sleep, wanted to read it first thing in the morning. She absolutely loved it!
Jul 08, 2016 Ms.Kim rated it liked it
A Mrs. Piggle Wiggle kind of vibe to this story of a teacher with a magical supply closet...
Mar 09, 2016 Dolores rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Cute little story about the teacher every kid wishes for. Lots of good messages here.
Sep 27, 2015 Lorelie rated it liked it
Got to love a good teacher! Fun story. I would even want to be in this classroom! :0)
Lisa Farley
Apr 19, 2016 Lisa Farley added it
Shelves: tween
Wonderful read for 1-3rd grade. Such a different book. Megan loved it.
Apr 12, 2015 Dan rated it it was ok
My daughter would probably give this a 4, but it was just okay. Still had a great time reading it to her though.
Jan 13, 2010 Paige rated it really liked it
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Easy chapter book (J fiction, could almost be J/E). Ms. Plum is a teacher with magical powers (or is it her supply closet that has the magical powers?) - each time she sends a 3rd grade student in to fetch supplies, the child comes out with an animal perfectly suited to help the child - whether they need help gaining confidence, humility, or something else. A pleasant, humorous read with gentle lessons about getting along. Ms. Plum is kind of like Ms. Frizzle, but with a more subdued demeanor, a ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Jennyb rated it liked it
A modern Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!
May 24, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Karen Arendt
Aug 10, 2010 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
I love Ms. Plum's supply closet. Each student who enters it to get supplies that the teacher has asked for comes out with an animal that fulfills some need in the student. When a student enters the supply closet without permission, an animal comes out that mirrors the student's personality. Full of character building with being didactic. Students will love finding what the next animal is that will come out. Perfect for 2nd an 3rd grade and as a read a loud.
Claudia  Fett
Nov 08, 2009 Claudia Fett rated it liked it
Good read-aloud for a third grade teacher. This special teacher has an interesting closet in her classroom. When Ms. Plum sends a child into the closet to retrieve something, an animal comes out with the child. Each animal is different and poses a unique situation involving the child who just came from the closet. The children in Ms. Plum's class change and grow during the time spent in the presence of Ms. Plum and her menagerie.
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Bonny Becker is the author of a number of award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels. She lives in Seattle.
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