Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Douglas Wood
Illustrator: Jim Burke
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Douglas does not like staying after school to work on reading. He’d much rather be outside playing. But Miss Little, a patient and kind teacher, stays after school with Douglas for the year, helping him sound out words and improve his reading. She chooses books that will help him see how fun reading is. After all those hours and all those books, Douglas improves and goes on to be successful. Looking back, he recognizes the gift Miss Little gave to him, and is grateful for her time and ability to see his potential.
Teaching is a difficult job and it is easy for students to fall through the cracks, but not with Miss Little. Even though she teaches students of all ages and abilities, she takes extra time to work one on one with her student Douglas, a child later diagnosed with ADHD, and helps him be more successful in school. This story is a memoir; the child in the story grew up and became an author and wrote this book to thank his teacher. Her sacrifice of time and patience made a profound impact and helped him see his potential. A touching story that shows the influence of a good teacher.