September 9, 2009

Blog Tour: Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach children for a living? I'm sure we've all taught at least one child one thing or another in our lifetime. Witnessing my nephew learning to do new things makes me so happy. He gets a big ole grin on his face and you can just see how proud he is of himself. He also whispers, "I did it!" and you can hear the pride in his voice. It is a wonderful thing, teaching a child. I couldn't imagine teaching a class of twenty kids and feeling a surge of emotion every time a child learned something new. At the same time, it would be extremely difficult to try to teach a child who doesn't understand what you say.

When I first received an email about EDUCATING ESME, I knew that I had to read it. I've always been fascinated with education and still to this day, one of my goals is to learn at least one new thing a day. Even if it is something as simple as a new world. Knowledge truly is power and I actually have a craving for learning. Anyway, enough about me.

Esme catalogs her experiences as a teacher in a diary her first year. She's the kind of teacher kids need growing up. She is an independent, no-nonsense, straight to the point, understanding person who truly wants to guide her students through the school year. She isn't your average teacher, she doesn't just want to teach these kids, she wants them to really learn. She's not satisfied with her students knowing 2+2=4. She wants them to understand why it equals 4 and how they can apply their knowledge in everyday life.

Esme quickly learns that she has her work cut out for her. The good thing is, she knows just how to handle the situations placed in front of her. She's has a wild spirit and enjoys shocking the students as well as fellow teachers. Esme is known to roller-skate in the school hallways and dance during a math session. Not only do Esme have what it takes to reach these children, they also have what it takes to teach her a few lessons as well.

A wonderful, uplifting read that will keep you doubled over with laughter.

Visit Esme's website here.

Check out the author's blog here.

Book Information
Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell
Algonquin Books (divisions of Workman Publishing)
Sept. 1, 2009 (Paperback - Expanded) $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-56512-935-1
256 pages

Other books by Esme:
Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell
How To Get Your Child To Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell
Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esme Raji Codell
Sing a Song of Tuna Fish by Esme Raji Codell
Vive la Paris by Esme Raji Codell

I would like to thank the author and Julie Bonn Heath for sending me this book to review.

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