Join the children of Room 3 and Mrs. McBee as they find their own ways of helping each other get ready to leave and say good-bye.
It’s not just the end of the school year at Mayflower Elementary. It’s time to say goodbye to Mrs. McBee, who is leaving the school. Jamaika, William, and the other kids in Room 3 have to figure out a special way to celebrate their beloved teacher. But everyone has a different idea. How can they arrive at an agreement?
Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan brings readers an amusing and touching story about transitions and the importance of observing them. With Grace Zong’s charming illustrations, the distinct cast of lively characters comes to life on the page.
“A thoroughly satisfying solution to the issue of saying goodbye.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An earnest, unflashy story that has all the earmarks of becoming a staple for schools and students facing similar transitions.”—Publishers Weekly
“A great read-aloud any day but certainly on Teacher Appreciation Day or the last day of school.” —School Library Journal
“Colorful, cartoonish illustrations depict the diverse kids in a familiar classroom setting with expressive and lighthearted touches…. This positive portrayal of a common experience offers a rosy picture of teachers and students, including Mrs. McBee’s gentle reassurances and inclusive approach of appreciating each student and his or her strengths.” —Booklist
Magnolia Book Award (Short List, Grades Pre-K – 2) ―Mississippi Children’s Museum / MDE / MLA / MLC / USM, 2019
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Honor Book) ―The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, 2018
Alabama Camellia Award (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2018-2019
AR Level: 2.8
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Acceptance, Cooperation, Endings, Friendship, School, Transitions
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship