Clarice Bean's story is a great example for kids and teachers. Clarice sees a need and jumps in to do what she can to help. Her teacher, who is a grumpy woman, reveals to teachers how sometimes we stunt our students from doing what they are passionate about because we give such strict parameters for assignments. Clarice, without knowing it, was going far beyond the assignment and Mrs. Wilberton had trouble seeing it.
This book also has many entertaining side-notes for kids and is engaging. This book could be shared with students and environmental concerns, being creative, and not being afraid to break out of the mold are all topics that could be discussed with depth and personal connections.