It's the principal Mr. Slipper's birthday, and while the rest of the class gets busy writing cards for the occasion, Stan becomes frustrated when his letters come out all in a muddle. Stan is afraid to ask for help, until a friend assures him that nobody's good at everything. And after lots and lots of practice, Stan's letters come out the right way round and the right way up.
This delightful book deals with a common childhood frustration and will remind readers that practice pays off and that everyone has to ask for help sometimes.
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About the Author
Claire Alexander has written and illustrated Lucy and theBully, Small Florence, and Lost in theSnow (all Gullane). She lives in England. Visit Claire'swebsite at www.clairealexan,der.com.
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Back to Front and Upside Down based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Stan wants to do a great birthday card for Mr. Slippers, the principal. But when he tries to write, his words come out back to front and upside down! Stan is afraid to ask for help because he thinks everyone will laugh at him. What will Stan do? Why I liked this book – First off, the illustrations are CUTE! I love that the kids are animals too, meaning it can be any kid. That is a great message. I like how Stan handles his problem. Jack was a great friend to Stan and I would love it if he was a real person in my grade. I like that this book is a book about a kid that has problems writing. It could be that he has dyslexia or that he is just not as experienced with writing as the other kids. I like that a boy and a girl are having trouble. I like that it shows that girls have trouble too with writing, not just boys. The book also teaches kids to ask for help when they need it and usually there is another person having the same trouble. **NOTE I reviewed a library copy of this book
This is a great book for young children who are afraid to ask for help in /any/ subject, though it is especially good for children getting ready to go off to a new class or a new school, where they aren't certain of what the expectations will be. As a pre-school teacher, I loved this book. The colors and illustrations are eye catching and the emotions of the characters come through easily in a visual way for younger readers. The story of making mistakes, feeling the anxiety of being unable to do what everyone else is doing (in this case writing) and not wanting to be laughed at when asking for help is something every young child can relate to. A great book to read before starting a writing exercise, especially for the kids who say "I can't do it, it's too hard."
Another beautifully illustrated story by Claire. Her writing is touching and inspirational. There's plenty of action at the beginning because it's Mr. Slippers birthday (the principal) and the class busily writes cards for him. I adore Stan, the main character, who feels so insecure about his handwriting, especially when he compares his back to front and upside down letters to his classmates, Lucy and Tommy. Within his personal struggles of feeling like he's the only one who cannot write, he confesses his fears to a friend who encourages Stan to ask the teacher for help. Along the way, he discovers he's not alone. With courage and lots of practice, Stan accomplishes his goal and feels such personal joy, in writing a card 'all by himself.'I love this story and believe it would be a great addition to your library for your children and grandchildren. If we are truly honest with ourselves, at one time in our youth, we have felt like Stan and in the present... well, we must all learn to ask for help sometime. A great lesson for everyone. ***** stars!