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The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died, But Teacher You Went Right on

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  13 reviews
a nice paperback with illustrators from ages 8 to 63 book having 64 pages
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Harlin Quist Books (first published 1971)
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Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

"DEDICATED TO ALL OF THOSE GROWNUPS WHO, AS CHILDREN, DIED IN THE ARMS OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION."

Books like this are the reason I call my Little Free Library the Little Freaky Library. It just brims with weirdness.
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Kim
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book every teacher of children and youth should be gifted. Everything is from the student's point of view and shows how much power teachers have over their students. ...more
Claudia
This is NOT the book I remember...the copyright date says 1971, but I absolutely remember getting this the first or second year I taught, which would have been 68 or 69. I remember getting a copy for my dad..

This is a new, revised edition. I'll have to find the original, because this one is not the same. The title poem isn't even there.

This book takes a look at a typical school year through the eyes of the students who are trapped in our classrooms. We can be the agent for good or for evil in t
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Mikejencostanzo
Oct 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
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This isn't a story -- not exactly. It's more of an extended poem. It starts with how a student feels on the first day of school and the describes different feelings of inferiority, desire, aloneness, guilt, identity crisis, confusion, disgust, rejection, shame, bitterness, and sarcasm experienced by students & directed toward their teachers. The book ends with an invitation from student to teacher to learn how to be a child again.

This book is also a compilation of pictures by no less that 29 ill
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Jackie
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life long learners can learn even more from kids!
Leothefox
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's strange, it's random (as is the 70s), and I found it at Goodwill. Buried treasure if there ever was. ...more
Emery
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a delightful collection of poems with accompanying art. These poems highlight how children sometimes feel in school, especially if the teachers and staff don't strive to connect to them. I read this book as a hand-me-down during my first years teaching and it brought me to tears to think that children, my students, might feel so marginalized and unimportant. I keep it on my desk every year to remind myself of what unimaginable power I have in the lives of kids. I recommend every adu ...more
Marshal
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the scariest book I've ever read. I read it when I was very young and it disturbed me for a long time. Probably still does. I remember asking my mom why anyone would make such a strange, nightmarish book and she explained that it's about the fear and even terror some kids feel regarding school and teachers and learning hard lessons. It's great. It's well done. But it's unsettling. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK ON LSD. ...more
Kimberley
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Cynthia found this odd little book while we shopped at Bookends in Kailua. She's excellent at finding rare things that intrigue me. This one is definitely a keeper for every teacher. Actually, it should be a must-read for every adult who needs to be reminded of the harsh realities of childhood. ...more
Henna
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Seems like students might feel the same in every age. Interesting book from a seminar.
Susan
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How hard it is for little children to go to school!
Fiona
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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School is hell for many students. We need to change it.
Siskiyou-Suzy
I’ve been pining over their book since I first heard of it and finally, finally, I found a copy in a thrift store.

I love this book because of how quirky and over-the-top it is. Teachers on the 70s were certainly much meaner. But I remember thinking things like this. I remember realizing that the kid world and adult world were very different and adults acted with confidence about my world even though they drastically misunderstood something. I try to remember this in my classroom — I may be missi
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