Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Weekly Read Wednesday: "Jeremy Bean's St. Patrick's Day"
This week's read is appropriate for the day! I picked up Jeremy Bean's St. Patrick's Day by Alice Schertle at our local library last week.
Jeremy, the main character, is a little scared of Mr. Dudley, the elementary principal who tries to wish him a happy day-before-St.-Patrick's-Day. He doesn't quite know how to respond.
In his classroom, the students share what they'll bring for the St. Patrick's Day party the following day, and of course, what green items they'll be wearing.
Jeremy decides to wear his green sweater, and in anticipation of the exciting day, even wears it to bed. When he gets hot in the middle of the night, he sheds the sweater...
...and subsequently forgets it the following morning.
His classmates make fun of him for forgetting such a simple thing, despite his attempts to pass a green leaf off as part of his ensemble.
When he sees that even the principal is decked out in green for the day, he runs to hide.
Unfortunately, the only place available is the janitor's closet. When Mr. Dudley finds him and asks him to join him in his office, Jeremy is terrified! Could he really be in trouble for forgetting his green sweater?
Mr. Dudley turns out to be very kind to Jeremy, reassuring him that everyone makes mistakes sometimes and feels like hiding. He comes up with a solution to Jeremy's problem.
Since he has some green to spare, Mr. Dudley lets Jeremy borrow something for the party.
In return for his kindness, Jeremy invites the principal to the class party.
Jeremy Bean's St. Patrick's Day is a really sweet book that contains positive lessons about showing kindness to others... and that sometimes, people aren't what they seem. :)