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Have you ever had a school teacher who really touched you and reached out to you and made your school days quite a bit better than than could have been?
Well, that's exactly what happens to Molly when they have show and tell at school one day. Molly decided to bring in her special crystal, the one that, "comes from the rocks at the back of Grandma's house. Grandma over the water and far away gave it specially to Molly, and only Molly." I think its really sweet as you can tell its really special to her and for me it brings up a number of emotions. Growing up, I had a Grandma who lived in California so she was my, "Grandma over the water and far away," and this book always reminds me of her and I know that if she had given me something special like this it would have been very precious to me to.
So, I can feel her pain when the kids at school are at first interested to see it but then don't really show much enthusiasm for the crystal when Russell comes running past with a huge pink and green dinosaur. There's such a sad line when it says, "Molly's eyes went hot and wet and she felt her heart go thumpity-thumpity." It's so sad and I really want to reach out and give her a cuddle. However, then, her very lovely teacher Miss Plumberry sees her looking sad and goes over to her and asks her all about her crystal and shows a lot of interest in it and gets the rest of the class interested. Just someone showing a bit of interest in a little person shows that it can really change their mood and their day.
My little girl just finds the name of this teacher really quite funny and always laughs when I saw her name, not sure why but if it amuses her I think its nice and will always read it to her just to make her laugh.
I think its good for my little girl to read this book to see that not everything that happens at school is going to be great and you will have to deal with some bad days but if you confide in teachers and find a friend who will help you out then things will turn out ok.
We have the paperback version of this book from Walker Books, ISBN 978-1-4063-0550-0 and it costs £6.99.