“Friends and Neighbors,” the very book I mentioned last week with the Zeke story, got me in big trouble in second grade. At the beginning of the year, the teacher passed out the books and told us to put them in our desks. Her plan was that slowly, ever so slowly, maybe two stories a week, with vocabulary development and comprehension questions, we would work our way through the book.
She didn’t share this plan with me, so being a competent and avid reader already, when my seatwork was done, I would read the book. It took me a week or two to finish, but I didn’t have the sense to keep this accomplishment to myself. When the teacher began to present one of the early stories to our reading group, I proudly announced, “I finished the book already.”
The teacher was a bit astonished and very disgruntled. I don’t recall any punishment other than her displeasure, and it , fortunately, did not dampen my enthusiasm for reading!
© Dorothy C. Judd
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