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#3 of 13 Teachers Who Made Me Who I Am: 2nd Grade

Second grade: Miss Frutschy. She was strict and she was old school. And just plain old. My mom had her in 2nd grade.

But, she loved books and she had a bathtub in her classroom! Yep, a big claw-foot porcelain tub full of pillows! During free time, you could lay in that tub and read books!

She also spanked kids with books. (Old school indeed.) Seems kind of ironic she used books as a punishment, huh? For the record, I was never spanked with a book.

She introduced me to my favorite childhood author, Beverly Cleary. She read Henry and Ribsy and many other Beverly Cleary books to us that year.

We have probably half a dozen Beverly Cleary books at our house. I’ve read them all to Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Ian.

I think it was last summer we rented Ramona and Beezus with Selena Gomez. I loved seeing a favorite childhood book come to life. And I shamelessly cried when Picky Picky died.

On my big girl bookshelf today: My Own Two Feet – A Memoir by Beverly Cleary.

Lesson learned from a 2nd grade teacher: A love of reading is a life-long hobby.

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2 responses

  1. I am LOVING these posts about the teachers that inspired you! I am so very grateful for the many, many wonderful teachers who helped shape me into the person I am today, to show me the wonders of the world both inside and outside of the classroom and to really be not only a mentor, but a friend.
    P.S. My third grade teacher Ms. Zamzow introduced me to Beverly Cleary’s amazing written ways with Romona and Beezus and I fell in love at first read.
    P.P.S I also crided like a baby when Picky Picky died. SO SAD!
    P.P.P.S Teachers are amazing aren’t they?! and so are books!!

    1. Aw, thank you girl! I am glad you are enjoying this series of posts. It has been fun reminiscing and making the connections of their influence. I figured with your love of books and libraries and all things reading you would relate to Miss Frutschy’s post. 🙂

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