A Book of Coupons

A Book of Coupons It is the first day of school and the kids of Marie Curie School are getting a new teacher Everyone arrives hoping for an athletic and handsome specimen but instead they find a fat wrinkly and inc

  • Title: A Book of Coupons
  • Author: Susie Morgenstern Serge Bloch Gill Rosner
  • ISBN: 9780142501153
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is the first day of school and the kids of Marie Curie School are getting a new teacher Everyone arrives hoping for an athletic and handsome specimen, but instead, they find a fat, wrinkly, and incredibly old one At first, the class is very disappointed But then each student receives a strange gift a book of very special coupons and it becomes obvious that Monsieur NIt is the first day of school and the kids of Marie Curie School are getting a new teacher Everyone arrives hoping for an athletic and handsome specimen, but instead, they find a fat, wrinkly, and incredibly old one At first, the class is very disappointed But then each student receives a strange gift a book of very special coupons and it becomes obvious that Monsieur No l is not the kind of teacher you meet everyday The school year is bound to be anything but ordinary Illustrated by Serge Bloch Translated by Gill Rosner

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    1. What a weird little book. I loved it though, mostly for its humor, and also for its refusal to follow a formula and its unconventional ending, not the ending I’d guessed was coming.The illustrations are charming and quirky; I loved them. This isn’t really a picture book though; it’s a very short novel.What’s strange about it was that is was published in French in 1999 and then translated to English in 2001. Computers are talked about, which makes sense. But green stamps (from my childhoo [...]

    2. 4.5 stars? 20 minutes for me to read, so I guess I should again before I take it back to the library.Were you ever lucky enough to have an eccentric teacher who inspired you to look forward to going to school? One who treasured every student, and brought the whole classroom together as a team? Or have you wanted to be that kind of teacher? This French 5th-grade teacher, this Santa look-alike, is even more fantastic than that. And yet, the story and characters feel real, the drama plausible. Funn [...]

    3. One of the delights of an elementary school library is when a book literally fall off the shelves into my path. Most often it is one of many Wimpy Kid or Goosebumps volumes we house, but occasionally it's something I don't recognize that piques my interest. This is one such book. I initially thought it might be a good (short) read aloud for September in 4th or 5th grade, but upon reading it, I'm not so sure. There is the part when Monsieur Noel (the teacher) goes home and downs the whole bottle [...]

    4. I liked the concept better than the execution. I suspect it is plus charmante in the original French? Though I'm reluctant to fault the translator, since she nicely managed to convey the very French flavor of the whole story. Maybe I just wanted more depth to the vindictive, miserable headmistress Perez.

    5. Quick, quirky and utterly charming! Just as good as I remembered. My daughter, however, was dissatisfied that there was no comeuppance at the end. ( Think: Its A Wonderful Life, where greedy Potter gets away with it all!!). Such is life, I suppose!

    6. This is not a chapter book, although many other reviewers have indicated that to be the case. Despite its brevity (a mere 62 pgs), this is a middle grade novel. If for no other reason, the mentions of "making love" on pgs 53 and 60 ensure this is a book for older children. This concept is further elaborated on pg 54: "None of you would be here if your parents hadn't made love!" The American publisher (Penguin) would have made a better choice to leave those references out of this version when tra [...]

    7. 1. Book Summary in your own wordsMonsieur Noel is the new fifth grade teacher. The students complain about him being too old, too fat, too. They are surprised when he gives them each a present, a book of coupons. As the school year goes by, the students use up their coupons but learn life lessons with each use.2. Grade level, interest level, lexileGrades 3-5, lexile 790L3. Appropriate classroom use (subject area)Character and values. 4. Individual students who might benefit from readingStudents [...]

    8. First published in France this book is a little gem. A 5th grade class gets a new teacher who looks like he will be a dud. But before he even introduces himself, he gives them each a book of coupons - coupons for things like one free day off school, one homework pass, etc. By the time the children leave school at the end of the year they have received much more from their wise teacher and their books of coupons than anyone might have guessed.I wish I had read this in high school/college though I [...]

    9. I loved this whimsical book. It is a French book for children about an inspiring teacher. I am not sure how much children will love it, but I know I sure did. The next time I feel in need of some teaching motivation, I will reread this book.

    10. Funny and very sweet. This book certainly deserved it's honor as a 2001 ALA Notable Children's book. The author packed a lot of humor and character-building in a short, small package. A sort of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" for young readers.

    11. Chapter book for 1st-4th grades. Really cool concept, but I thought the author could have taken it a lot farther. I was disappointed by the ending. Ben loved it, though.

    12. This book is about the students in Monsieur Noel's class. In Marie curie school in France there is a new teacher named Monsieur Noel. At first his class was a little disappointed that they dint have a new attractive teacher. This disappointment soon changed to happiness when they received a book of coupons. I would teach this in a 3rd-4th grade class. It could be used to help teach students to do nice deeds. They could make their own coupon book of nice gestures of deeds that they and redeem fro [...]

    13. This book was originally written in French and then translated to English. Interestingly enough the author is actually an American, who has spent her life in France. This book tells a story of a new teacher, who has some untraditional teaching methods. Students will appreciate the odd behavior of the teacher and the prinicipal, all while imagining their own reactions if they were in the same situation. Appropriate for 2nd & 3rd grade students.

    14. 80 pages of an eccentric and loving teacher, bullying principal and awesome elementary kids. Totally worth blowing of my other plans!

    15. I thought this book was pretty good I like how it opened up with the kids wanting the young teacher. I thought it was funny because that is really so true anytime I got the new teacher I always wanted the one ones. Summary:At the beginning of the book all the kids in Monsieur Noel’s class are expecting the new teacher to be young and athletic, but they end up with the complete opposite. Monsieur Noel is an old, fat and wrinkly man. Everyone in the class was disappointed, until Monsieur Noel ha [...]

    16. A Book of Coupons was listed in our course textbook under the recommended books (International) in Chapter 4. The book was originally written in French and translated into several languages. It is a story about a fifth grade class who’s teacher, Monsieur Noel, practices highly unusual teaching methods that get him into trouble. On the first day of school, students are handed a special coupon book as a gift from their teacher. But this is no ordinary coupon book. Students look inside and find c [...]

    17. Translated by Gill Rosner. Booktalk with gift prop: It's the first day of school after a long summer. You're all looking forward to starting school with a hip, young teacher who's athletic and good-looking. Instead, who you see at the teacher's desk is a fat, old, wrinkly man with messy hair. And instead of saying "good morning," or "Hello, my name is" this old man says "I have a present for you." And he goes around giving all of you a gift-wrapped package. (Unwrap prop) And in your package is a [...]

    18. Very charming book. My mother, who just started her new job as an elementary school librarian about a month ago, brought this home the other day, and when I saw the cover, I was immediately intrigued.The "message" that the teacher had to give at the end brought the score up from 3 stars to 4 stars. I was wondering the whole time if he would reward the students who kept their coupons or those who spent theirs, and the way it was done was quite inspiring.However, I HATED the way the principle was [...]

    19. Teton County Call #: J SH CH MORGENSTERNNo ratingAt the start of every new year of school, students come to class with wonder and hope for a "cool," or at least an interesting teacher. But too often our judgements are based on visual appearance. Students of the Marie Curie School in France found their new teacher Monsiur Noel somewhat of a disappointment. Their new teacher was wrinkly, overweight, and he was old. But the students will find out that Monsieur Noel is full of surprises. On the firs [...]

    20. At the beginning of the book all the kids in Monsieur Noel’s class are expecting the new teacher to be young and athletic, but they end up with the complete opposite. Monsieur Noel is an old, fat and wrinkly man. Everyone in the class was disappointed, until Monsieur Noel hands out a coupon book to everyone in the class. In the coupon book are coupons to: sleep in late, skip a day of school, not listen in class, make a lot of noise clown around, and eat in class. Soon Madame Incarnation Perez, [...]

    21. I had never heard of this 'old' book until reading a recent recommendation, but now I've read the library copy, I want to add it to my bookshelf. Although I've seen reviews that pan some of the adultish sections, I was charmed by the story of a balding, aging teacher who takes a wonderfully unorthodox approach to his class. Instead of rules, he gives the students coupons coupon to sleep late and another to stand up and shout, a coupon to skip homework and a coupon for courage. There are moments [...]

    22. this book is good. its about a teacher who loves to give presents out. So he gave out a book of coupons saying-one coupon for sleeing late-skip a day os school-be late to school-loosing your homework-forgetting your books-not listen in class-sleep in class-copy from your neighbor-not getting called to the blackboard-get out of trouble-eat in class-making a lot of noise-sing at the top of your lungs whenever-dance in class-take a break from class-clown around-tell a lie-give teacher a kiss on the [...]

    23. Joker est le troisième ouvrage de Susie Morgenstern que je lis et que je viens d'offrir à ma fille de 7 ans. J'ai apprécié l'idée des jokers et l'histoire en général. Ce que j'aime tout particulièrement cependant dans l'écriture de Morgenstern est son vocabulaire riche alors même qu'elle s'adresse à des enfants et dans ce livre tout particulièrement la description des différents personnages : Monsieur Noël bien sûr, la directrice, mais aussi et surtout les enfants, Charles, Béran [...]

    24. At first I thought it was going to be awkward but then it turned out to be really cool and interesting. It has a great teacher named Monsieur Noel and he gives his students a book of coupons. The coupons say things like "Miss a day of school", " turn in late homework", "sing loudly in class", at first the students didn't know what to do with the coupons and at first the principal, Incarnation Perez, wanted the teacher to retire and the students liked the teacher-he had an odd style of teaching. [...]

    25. Grades: 3 to 5 Genre: Realistic FictionA new year has started at Marie Curie School and one 5th grade classroom has a new teacher. Expecting the new teacher to be young, the students are amazed to see an older gentleman. Most unexpected is the book of coupons that he gives his students, with the most unusual coupons which allow the students to skip class, forget homework, and sing in class. The pace of this book is a bit slower than some and the focus is more on the teacher, Monsieur Noel and hi [...]

    26. This book is really cute, because it shows a new approach to teaching that the kids will get a kick out of. The teacher issues each student a set of coupons to use throughout the course. Each coupon is good for something different, such as "miss one day of class", "get out of one homework assignment", "be able to eat in class". The teacher is pass the age of retirement, so the kids do not take him seriously at first, but in the end they love him, and the principal unfortunately does not agree wi [...]

    27. i thought that this was such a cute book. I think that students would really enjoy its story and I think that a teacher could create a lot of activities to go alond with the book. I thought it was a really cute story and simple enough for younger children to understand. i think that it would be enjoyabled for many age ranges.

    28. Another "teacher-does-well" story about an unconventional educator. The coupons (and freedoms) the teacher gives to his students offer ideas for interested educators. My favorite part was the lack of redemptive/revengeful actions at the climax. I'm used to the antagonists getting what's coming to them, but that's not the real world. Thanks to Morgenstern for her finishing touch.

    29. Was a great book. It's about a new teacher. He gives all his students coupons to use anytime they want to. One day He gets an very bad trouble. The kids start to like him and tries to help him. Read the book to find out what happens to the teacher.

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