To the head of the class, Book Buzzers. This month Newsbee received lots of “Grade A Reviews” on his September picks, which were all about instructors and their influence on our lives. Our teachers give their time and talent and make lasting impressions on us. Until next month, keep buzzing on about books — they’re the honey on the pumpkin.

“Rocket Writes a Story,”

by Tad Hills.

Reviewed by Alyssa Prewitt, third grade, Central Elementary School.

“I loved ‘Rocket Writes a Story,’ because Rocket had a bird as a teacher. I thought it was funny because I thought Rocket would chase the bird.

“My favorite part was when the owl kept coming farther down the tree because the bird and owl made friends.

“Someone else should read this book because it will give them an idea if they wanted to write their own story.”

Reviewed by Olivia Espowe, Second Grade, Immaculate Conception School.

Rocket is happy. He is happy because he is writing a story. He wants to find more words. He wants to learn more about owls. He visits the nest every day. The owl gets down every time to listen to the story.”

Reviewed by Natalie Voss, Second Grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“The story was about a dog learning to read. Then he wanted to write a story about an owl.”

“I liked it when the owl came down branch by branch by branch. It was a neat book. I would recommend it to a friend.” 

 “Annie and Helen,”

by Deborah Hopkinson.

Reviewed by Morgan Hammer, fourth grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“I like this book a lot because Annie kept on trying and didn’t give up. Many people would give up. But Annie stuck with it.

“This book relates to my life because I’ve had many good teachers in my life. And when I got frustrated I tried my best. Helen had a big challenge, but she stuck with it. Having any type of disease is a challenge, but Helen had a big challenge.

“Everyone has a challenge in life, but you have to try and stick with it. And if you don’t get it the first time then you should try again.”

Reviewed by Evan Hall, Fourth Grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School. 

“This book is about a girl named Helen Keller who is deaf and blind, and Annie Sullivan was her teacher. Annie started teaching Helen table manners because Helen would grab everybody’s food and shove it in her face. Then she started teaching Helen hand signs and Braille.”

“My favorite part was when Helen said funny stuff about herself because she says, “Legs very tired. Legs cry much,” or “My eyes are bad. My eyes are sick.”

“I recommend this book because it talks about Helen Keller.”

Reviewed by Alyssa Helms, Grade Four, Immaculate Conception School.

“I liked this story because it’s a true story. It happened before. I disliked this story because it makes me sad that Helen can’t see and can’t hear. It would be so hard to do anything like that. I don’t know how she could do that without crying every single time you mess anything up.”

“I know how hard it is for Annie to go through that every day because my little brother is deaf. He is not blind but he is deaf. And I am sure that it is hard for him…”

Reviewed by Annie Arand, Third Grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“When my teacher read this book I thought of my best friend Lauren. Her uncle is deaf so she has to do sign language to him.”

“I would recommend this to Lauren because she could read it and she can give it to her aunt and she can show him that somehow.”

“I still can’t get over that she was ill at 19 months. I thought it was interesting that Annie spelled words into her hands.”

Reviewed by David Braun, Fourth Grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.

“This book is about Annie Sullivan trying to teach Helen Keller sign language and other things. My favorite part was when she learned about puppies because she enjoyed it. I recommend this book because it helps you understand what it’s like to be blind and deaf. It also teaches you about Helen Keller’s life.”

Reviewed by Carlee Weber, Third Grade, Central Elementary School.

“In this book, Helen got a disease. She was left blind and deaf. One day her parents called a teacher, Annie Sullivan. Annie helped Helen learn the finger alphabet, and with a lot of work Annie taught Helen how to speak.

My favorite part of the book was when Annie took Helen to a water pump. Helen felt the water. Annie spelled the word ‘water’ out in Helen’s hand, and Helen soon noticed what Annie was trying to spell.”

“Someone else should read this book because it is never too late to learn something new, and when Mrs. Dubuque read this book to me I found out some new, interesting things.”

 “Kizzy Ann Stamps,”

by Jeri Watts.

Reviewed by Ethan Soete, fifth grade, Campbellton Elementary School.

“I really enjoyed this book — it is a really great book for a reader who would like to know more of what it was like to be segregated. The book is a bunch of letters, which may sound boring, but is quite the opposite.

“You should read this book because it is sure to please, by making you captivated. I think children should read this book because all the letters were written by a child.

“You will fall in love with Kizzy as she struggles to understand why she is different from everyone else. She doesn’t think it’s fair that she has to be different. When she moves to a white school she thinks it will be bad, but she finds friendship with the teacher and someone else.”

Reviewed by Ethan Beers, 

“I think Kizzie Ann Stamps was the best book. I thought that because it was emotional, funny, and you could barely put the book down. It talks about standing up to your rights and being thankful.”

“It kept me on my toes. I think other people should read it because it is good, and it takes your feelings away.”

Reviewed by Nate Busch, Fifth Grade, Cambellton Elementary School.

“This is a fabulous book because it tells you about the history when the blacks and whites didn’t get along. Kizzy Ann is a black little girl who has many circumstances in her life but never gives up. She has a fantastic dog, Shag, that is always by her side.”

“Kizzy Ann is going to a white school that she has never been to. Her teacher, Miss Anderson, gives her a journal to write in a school year long.”

“Kizzy Ann got a scar on her face by getting pushed into a sheath. Now her mother calls her ‘moonchild.’ Kizzy didn’t get along with Frank Charles until he started to take the blame for the bad things that she did.”

“Want to find out the end? Then read ‘Kizzy Ann Stamps.’”

Reviewed by Isabel Beumer and Kennedy Lange, ages ten and 11, St. Francis Borgia Grade School.

“We thought that this book was going to be about a girl named Kizzy Ann Stamps and a dog. Our prediction was correct because it was about a girl named Kizzy Ann Stamps and her dog Shag. We thought that the title for the book was perfect because it is about Kizzy writing to the teacher at the white school as her pen pal.”

“This book is about a girl, Kizzy Ann Stamps, who is writing to the teacher at the white school before she begins school there. The town’s people are very sad after the president dies. The setting of the story is a small town, but with lots of people in it.”

“We would not like to visit there because white and black people did not agree at the time. We both liked the book because it kept us wondering what was going to happen next. We would recommend this book to whomever likes the ‘Dear America’ books because this book is set up the same way.”