Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Art of Miss Chew

Author & Illustrator:   Patricia Polacco
Publisher:  G. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Year:   2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards:   NYT Best, Granite Book Award

Summary:  The autobiographical account of Patricia's year in school with a teacher, Mr. Donovan, who understood her need for extra time on her tests and who got her into private art lessons with her tutor Miss Chew. The extravagant Miss Chew recognizes Patricia's use of negative space in art as applicable to her problems with reading and writing. When Mr. Donovan is called home to Ireland, and becomes a champion for her "Theresa" (her name for Tricia). She ends up supporting her in her IEP meeting and even getting one of Tricia's paintings in the art show. The story is told in the perfect voice of the 11 year old that Polacco was when it took place.

Classroom Ideas: The themes that everyone is different and needs some "accommodations" along with the power of art as its own language. The perfect book for any art teacher to cherish and share. 

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