Review of Miss Centipede: A Bug’s Tale of Tolerance
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Written by C.P. Wilson
Illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan
Ages 5-9 | 32 pages
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co. | ISBN-13: 978-1646108374
What to expect: Counting, Humor, and Metamorphosis
A teacher’s supernatural level of patience in a classroom overflowing with students is the topic of this entertaining picture book, Miss Centipede: A Bug’s Tale of Tolerance.
Spiderville is a small town of 800 somewhere near the southwest border of the US, but that changes dramatically when the town is labeled as a Sanctuary City and featured in a national newspaper. The beloved local school, Insect Elementary, suddenly becomes very popular as new students clamor to enroll. In fact, the student numbers double in only three weeks and overcrowding becomes a serious concern. Principal Grasshopper needs to hire some new teachers and he employs Miss Centipede to be the new fourth-grade teacher. Her experience working in a city school means she is used to large-sized classes, but nobody guessed just how good she would be. When her class size grows to 30, 40, 50, 60, and higher, she excels. What is her secret? The adults cannot figure it out, but the students know. Kids with a fascination for garden bugs and insects will particularly enjoy the plot twist ending.
Miss Centipede’s capacity to adapt and persevere despite the overcrowded classroom conditions is an exemplary lesson of tolerance, but even Miss Centipede has her limits. Drawing on her background as a teacher, author CP Wilson has written an enjoyable yarn that both kids and adults will find equally amusing. Kids will be drawn in by the magic of Miss Centipede’s supernatural secret. At the same time, adults will find the humor in this take on overcrowded classrooms. They will also be happy about the mathematical element of counting by tens interwoven throughout the story.
Miss Centipede: A Bug’s Tale of Tolerance is a fun choice for parents and teachers looking for an easy and imaginative book to share with readers ages five through eight.
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About the Author
C.P. Wilson has lived in many states within the continental U.S. She’s lived in urban and suburban areas and knows the feeling of being the new kid in town and school. Fro many years Wilson was a N.Y.C. and a N.Y.S. teacher and enjoyed instructing and working with children. CP is now a writer and also a realtor. She volunteered at many local organizations in her community, and has helped many people. CP lives with her family, doggies, and kitties on Long Island.
For more information, visit https://misscentipede.com/.
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