Illustrations © Thor Wickstrom

Teacher Appreciation Day

by Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Thor Wickstrom Dutton Children’s Books, 2003

Teacher Appreciation Day was tomorrow.
And everyone in Mrs. Shepherd’s class knew exactly
how they would show their appreciation to Mrs. Shepherd.
Everyone, that is, except . . .

Maybella Jean Wishywashy.
Maybella couldn’t seem to make up her mind,
no matter how hard she tried.

“Eeny meeny miney mo.
So many choices,
I just don’t know.”

Maybella Jean Wishywashy, the queen of indecision, can’t decide how to show her appreciation to Mrs. Shepherd on Teacher Appreciation Day. While the other students bring Mrs. Shepherd apples to say “thanks,” Maybella brings Mrs. Shepherd some of EVERYTHING from the grocery store—including pineapples, artichokes, and lobster! When the other students pick dandelions for Mrs. Shepherd at recess time, Maybella gathers some of EVERYTHING for a nature surprise for Mrs. Shepherd—including bugs, frogs, and snakes! Amidst all the chaos Maybella creates in the classroom, she still manages to save the day at the end of the story when “EVERYTHING” is the perfect answer.

Reviews

A rhyming, read-aloud refrain and zany artwork showing Maybella’s antics pack the punch in this tale of the eventual victory of the nonconformist.
Publisher’s Weekly

The cartoon-like illustrations match Maybella’s liveliness and reinforce the dual messages: appreciate those teachers and be independent.
Booklist

Maybella’s solutions to her inability to make decisions are silly and far-fetched, which just adds to the humor. Plourde and Wickstrom teamed up for School Picture Day (Dutton, 2002) . . . and this tale should be just as popular.
School Library Journal

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