275. “Late for School” by Stephanie Calmenson


Don’t you love those days when your alarm clock just forgets to ring? I know, those days should belong mostly to the past, considering all the cell phones and other smart devices we own. One can set an army of alarm clocks if need be.  Yet, regardless of the technology, we do happen to oversleep, don’t we? And then, to make the matters even more frustrating, everything else starts to go wrong. As a result we are late for work.  It is not a big deal if you are on a flexi-time, but what if you are a teacher?

Even worse, what if you are the teacher who has always preached and practiced a simple come-on-time-rule?  “Never, Ever, Ever be late for school!” , the teacher told his students. Until the day when he woke up late. Then his car wouldn’t starts, He missed a bus and a train. He tried to get to school in a hot air balloon but birds started to peck on it… Finally he reached the school on foot, five minutes late. The teacher broke his own rule. It was time for a new one: “Please try your best to be on time for school!”

A superbly entertaining rhyme, with a new surprise on every page. Bright and humorous pictures by Sachiko Yoshikawa.

This story makes me think about  one quote I once read. It is valid for parents, teachers and anyone who works with children. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” (Robert Fulghum)
Children are our Big Brothers indeed. They make us better people.

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