Lynn Plourde

kids book author ~ teaching author

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.

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