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The Day My Teacher Came to Tea

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Matty's teacher, Mrs Green, known by all as the 'meanest of the mean' gets much more than she bargains for when visiting Matty and his mum for tea and cake. Hoping to tell tales on Matty, Mrs Green is thwarted by one disaster after another and..... well, let's just say her visit does not go to plan! A laugh out loud farce for children; this story is written in fast-paced rhyming verse and accompanied by fun and colourful illustrations.

28 pages, Hardcover

First published February 22, 2013

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Ruth Whenham

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Ruth Whenham began her career as a freelance writer a short time before reaching her 40th birthday. To say it was something of a mid-life crisis would be absolutely true! A graduate of Human Psychology and a former employee of the National Health Service, Ruth now splits her time between writing, looking after her family (she has two children) and volunteering at her local Citizens' Advice Bureau.

Ruth combines jaunty rhyming verse, humour and great characters to create stories that are entertaining for young children and for their parents alike!

To date, Ruth has published six children's picture books; all of which have been illustrated by talented artist, Emma K.L. Hunt.

Here is a brief summary of Ruth's six books:

My Crazy Purple Pen - featuring a crazy purple pen (funnily enough!) and a whole host of other fun characters who get caught up in the magic pen's cheeky mischief.

The Day My Teacher Came to Tea - a story about a cheeky boy whose mean teacher comes to tea, and the farce that ensues.

Birthday Cake Disaster - a tale about a girl baking a cake with her dad, or at least trying to. It's okay, the ending is a happy one, despite the title!

Captain Sillyvoice and his Pirate Band - a swashbuckling adventure featuring the very amiable Captain Sillyvoice and his rather unusual crew. In this tale these awesome pirates find a way to have fun, be themselves and become a success on the high seas.

Captain Sillyvoice Takes to the Stage - the Captain and his crew return for another fun-filled adventure during which they find themselves up against the big and mean Captain Scaryscar in a singing competition. How will they and the other pirate stars of the show get on, and who will be crowned the Sea Shanty King?

Captain Sillyvoice and the Sea Monster - Captain Sillyvoice is in a spot of bother once again! A hungry sea monster is heading towards his ship and there seems to be no way past. Join in the fun as the ever-so-nice Captain and his awesome crew try to reach their fans over on Blue Banana Beach. They have a pirate poptastic show to perform after all.

To find out more about Ruth Whenham and her books, you can visit her website at wwww.whenham.com or her Facebook page www.facebook.com/RuthWhenhamBooks. She is always keen to hear from readers.

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September 12, 2014
The Day My Teacher Came to Tea
Citation: Whenham, R. (2013). The day my teacher came to tea. Interactive Touch Books. http://store.interactivetouchbooks.co... accessed 12/9/2014.
Age Group: 4-8
Format: app for iPad and iPhone
Genre: humour and verse
This is an example of an interactive creation. The book has been converted into an interactive story that a child can immerse themselves in by tapping on things they see on the screen.
The content quality is good, the story is amusing, the grammar and English are correct and the interactions help maintain the child’s interest in the story.
This resource would be best used with children who are beginning or struggling readers. As the story can be read to the child as they read along with it, like the old Disney tapes that came with picture books or the child could turn the volume off and read the text themselves and only using the read along when they struggle with a word as they become more competent readers. Some children really love being able to interact with the stories more than reading them, being able to click on the spider and making it dance or open its umbrella for example is more interesting than the story.
The digital additions to the story make it more accessible to younger or less advanced readers than would normally read this book. The additions also make it so that a child can be read to whilst their parents or teachers are busy with other children or tasks.
There does not seem to be any options for feedback or adaptations. The only avenue for feedback appears to be the review section of the site that the app is purchased from.
The interactive story provides a good introduction to touch technology as well as reading, which is also an important skill when technology changes so frequently. This resource is educational in a number of areas.
The presentation of the story is good, the art, whilst not masterpieces, are effective in helping to convey the story and the spider is especially cute.
It is very interactive and it works well. It appears to amuse children sufficiently enough to reread the story.
The accessibility is good, though some of the elements would be lost on some children with special needs, such as blind children, who could otherwise benefit from a story that is being read. Unfortunately, it is restricted to Apple devices and each book must be bought separately, however they are inexpensive. This could however restrict use in a classroom setting. The resource is reusable, to what extent would depend on the child reading it, some children may dislike the story and others may repeat it ad nauseum as young children often do.
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251 reviews23 followers
October 9, 2015
The Day My Teacher Came to Tea by Ruth Whenham was a funny and cute book. Matt’s has the meanest teacher in the whole school. Because he keeps playing pranks on her, she decides to go for tea at his house in order to talk to his parents. However things do not go according to her plan once she is at Matt’s house.

I chose to read The Day My Teacher Came to Tea with my 4 year-old because she has mixed feelings about her own teacher. Though I do think her teacher is much nicer than Matt’s teacher, Mrs. Green. Everything that happened to Mrs. Green in the story was hilarious. At first I felt bad that Matt was not respecting his teacher like he should, but after seeing Mrs. Green’s attitude, I think she kind of deserved what happened to her. Whenham’s rhyming verses made the story flow beautifully and helped add to the excitement of what would occur next. The ending of the book was a little bit of a surprise. I thought it would have ended differently and maybe a little friendlier. My daughter really liked the colorful illustrations. I liked that there was a little spider in each picture. When I pointed it out to my daughter she happily looked for it on each page.

I think if teachers were to have this book in their classrooms, then maybe students will see that their teacher is not so bad. This would be a good book for younger kids to read to show them that reading can be fun. Ruth Whenham has written five other children’s books and if they are as funny as The Day My Teacher Came to Tea is, then they are all must reads.
*I reviewed this book for Readers' Favorite
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Author 2 books11 followers
August 9, 2014
Very cute and light, not to be taken seriously. About an afternoon tea with a little boys teacher that went every which way but right. Rhyming a bit labored at times but plenty of action on every page. Imagination gets five stars.
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4 reviews8 followers
February 24, 2014
Really lovely book, great verse and an interesting book to follow. Love the style of this and other books by this author and great fun to read to the kids! Highly recommended!
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