Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mrs. Rice and the Brats of NIHM


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.


Anonymous 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.