Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mrs. Rice and the Brats of NIHM

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This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week.

This always makes me think of the teachers who made a difference in my life.

One teacher came to mind this week when I was showing my daughter, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.H.M." at the library

My daughter asked if I had read it. I had not.

My fifth grade language arts teacher, Mrs. Rice read it to me and our class.

I wasn't that big a fan of the fifth grade. 

Art class with the beautiful Ms. Fisher and Mrs. Rice reading aloud made it bearable.

I had a second thought about Mrs. Rice this week when I was thinking about "kernels" in the woods.
I remember pig nuts (hickory nuts) were fun to open when the outer husk got dry enough. 

I also remember going out and collecting about a hundred acorns an crushing them on a rock in an attempt to make acorn pancakes just like the boy in, "My Side of the Mountain", which Mrs. Rice also read to us.

I barely got a tablespoon's worth of acorn flour, so I never made the pancakes.

I did get a love of books and an appreciation of teachers.

To all my teacher friends,

Remember that you are making a difference, if fact the little things you do could make all the difference in the world.

4 comments:

nancydrewit said...

Nice, strong image and great colors. Lovely.

Cindy D. said...

Mrs. Frisby, oh my goodness! And that is a hilarious story about trying to make acorn flower. I wonder if this girl is sitting in one of her trees. That's where I expect to find her!

atlanticmo said...

Thank you!

elizabeth said...

Wonderful story, awesome book (Mrs. Frisby!), and a lovely illustration to boot.