Picture Book Review: Teaching Mrs. Muddle

Teaching Mrs. Muddle by Sheryl McFarlane

Teaching Mrs. Muddle
by Sheryl McFarlaneAlice Carter (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Kayla is anxious on her first day of kindergarten, but she quickly forgets her nerves when she has to help her teacher, Mrs. Muddle. The teacher gives everyone the wrong name tags, and the students have to figure out everyone’s names to give the right name tag to their classmates. Mrs. Muddle can’t find the gym, and takes the students to the library instead. Kayla was worried about getting lost, but discovers she can easily find her way around school when she has to step in to help Mrs. Muddle. At the end of the school day, the children have spent their whole class time teaching Mrs. Muddle, but they have learned more than they realize.

I love this story! What a smart teacher to have the students help and figure things out as a group! I should have done that when I was teaching kindergarten. Too late now. If only I could time-travel back about 15 years and be like Mrs. Muddle.

Kayla is such a resourceful and smart little girl! She quickly takes charge, jumping in to help solve problems. I love that she has an outgoing and helpful personality. I also appreciate that each of the children in the class are diverse and from varied ethnicities.

I love the cute illustrations in this book! Each page is colorful and fun with special details in the background that bring the story to life. The art work really adds to the comedy of the story, and I love the expressions on the characters’ faces. The art style looks like watercolor and crayon, which is just perfect for this type of story. Every scene in the story is a delight!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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