I'm happy to announce the teacher winner of February's Save the Sweetness! (and the Sweet Picture Books.)It's Jennifer Fontaine, who teaches at Holy Spirit School in Overland Park, Kansas. She read A Balloon for Isabel, by Deborah Underwood, ill. by Laura Rankin, to students ranging in age from about 7 to 9.
Here are some of their sweet illustrated reviews:
And, from the older kids, some insightful written reviews:
One of my favorite things about reviews written by children is their answer to the question, What, if anything, would you change about the book? Grownup reviewers point out technical problems or unfortunate artistic choices (by the author or illustrator.) Kids aren't worried about that. For them, the answer is totally based on personal preferences:
The last one says, "That they named the porcupine Jessica instead of Isabel." The reviewer's name is not Jessica. I presume she simply likes the name Jessica better name than Isabel.
I'd like to thank Mrs. Fontaine and the students of Holy Spirit for their hard work. Mrs. Fontaine has won a basket of four picture books and stickers for her classroom + something sweet for her!