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Remembering Mrs. Rossi by Amy Hest
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Aug 08, 2012

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bookshelves: multi-genre-or-format, realistic-fiction, death-or-dying, juvenile-and-kid-lit, illustrated-novel, teach-mentor-texts
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After Annie's mother, Mrs. Rossi a 5/6 grade teacher, dies suddenly, she finds herself and her father struggling to survive without her. On evening they are invited to a concert and assembly at her mother's school where her school presents a book to them dedicated to Mrs. Rossi and written by the students. Annie immediately finds refuge within the pages of the book. We then follow Annie's first year without her mother and how she struggles with the changes her life's changes and learning how to grow up without her mother.

I liked this book for a couple of different of reasons. First, I felt that the characters were quite real. My favorite was Annie's father- I really liked him. He is a funny, sweet character and is a great father. Most of the adults, including Annie's teacher and their friendly neighbor, in the book were really realistic and well done. Second, this book celebrates being education and reading. Both of Annie's parents are teachers and they often read. Many scenes within the book take place during school or in Annie's father's classroom. Annie also finds solace in a book throughout the novel, specifically the book that Mrs. Rossi's students wrote about her. Third, I really loved that the at the end of the book, the actual Remembering Mrs. Rossi book from her students is shared and Amy Hest did such a great job at creating a book filled with poetry and essays written as if students in 5/6 grade did so. Lastly, one of the most important things a book can do is make a child feel not alone and the death of a parent is one of the hardest things that a child will have happen to them- Remembering Mrs. Rossi combines these two things and would definitely help a child work through a loss in their life.

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