My Great-Aunt Arizona

My Great Aunt Arizona Reminiscent of the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder My Great Aunt Arizona is an inspiring tale rich with history family and artistry Based on a true story author Gloria Houston s joyous recounting of

  • Title: My Great-Aunt Arizona
  • Author: Gloria Houston Susan Condie Lamb
  • ISBN: 9780064433747
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reminiscent of the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, My Great Aunt Arizona is an inspiring tale rich with history, family, and artistry Based on a true story, author Gloria Houston s joyous recounting of her great aunt Arizona s quiet yet meaningful life reminds us of the special place a great teacher can hold in our hearts even after we ve grown up.Arizona was born in a logReminiscent of the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, My Great Aunt Arizona is an inspiring tale rich with history, family, and artistry Based on a true story, author Gloria Houston s joyous recounting of her great aunt Arizona s quiet yet meaningful life reminds us of the special place a great teacher can hold in our hearts even after we ve grown up.Arizona was born in a log cabin her papa built in the Blue Ridge Mountains She grew into a tall girl who liked to sing, square dance, and most of all read and dream of the faraway places she would visit one day Arizona never did make it to those places Instead she became a teacher, helping generations of children in the one room schoolhouse which she herself had attended.Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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    1. "My Great-Aunt Arizona" is a biography about the inspirational life of Arizona which is written by Gloria Houston along with illustrations by Susan Condie Lamb and it is about the inspirational life of Gloria Houston's great aunt Arizona's career as a teacher. "My Great-Aunt Arizona" is truly one of the most inspirational books about teaching that both children and adults will for many years!Basically, this is about the life of Arizona and about how she was interested in learning new things as a [...]

    2. Loved it! I was thinking four stars, right up until the end when I had to bump it to five stars. It really "got" me ;-) I thought it was just a lovely, lovely book. I really enjoyed word choice and illustrations, both created such a sense of atmosphere and warmth. And Arizona seemed like an amazing teacher! I read this for the Back-to-School Theme over in Children's Books and, like other members, I was very impressed that Arizona was able/allowed to keep teaching after she married and I love tha [...]

    3. A biographical sketch of the author's great aunt, this is an inspiring and simply gorgeous gem of a story. Gloria Houston narrative has a wonderful rhythm and cadence to it, a rhythm much removed from the stressful and at times frenetic pace of the modern world. My Great Aunt Arizona is sweet, caressing, even calming, and nevertheless manages to easily communicate much information and important messages (combined with Susan Condie Lamb's bright and descriptive illustrations, My Great Aunt Arizon [...]

    4. This theme for the month of September for the Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group is “Back-to-School” and this is one of the books selected. It’s one of only two I hadn’t read before its selection. I’m still waiting for Nareen’s Secret School. (The book for this month are The Junkyard Wonders, My Great-Aunt Arizona, Chrysanthemum, My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World, Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, and, as an [...]

    5. This book is an absolutely beautiful tribute to a kind and loving woman who surely must have been an outstanding teacher. What an amazing accomplishment to have taught for 57 years and touched so many lives. How interesting that she dreamed of seeing many faraway places, but in the end came back to her home to encourage her students to go.The illustrations were beautifully done, and gave a good feel for the country village that Arizona grew up in, the one-room school house, and the lovely plants [...]

    6. My great-aunt Arizonawas born in a log cabinher papa builtin the meadowon Henson Creekin the Blue Ridge Mountains.What follows is a brief but meaningful description of life in the late 1800s, which made me wish that kids could still have those hands-on experiences. But surely life wasn't all play! I wish that Houston had acknowledged some of her aunt's childhood chores.At recess they played games liketag and William Matrimmatoe.William Matrimmatoe? I turned to the internet. Apparently, it a "cho [...]

    7. My Great Aunt Arizona was a wonderful book to read. The author’s story is about her great aunt Arizona, a teacher from the Applachian Mountains of North Carolina. It really took me back to watching episodes of Little House on the Prairie as a child. The petticoats, straw hats, bonnets, pigtails and overalls how adorable. I guess you could say I got caught up in the illustrations. It certainly portrayed the time period very well. I think this story may pique childrens interest if it was coupled [...]

    8. One of my favorites - I love the part about "Miz Shoes" because I have been "Miz Shoes", too! Reminds me so much of Christy by Catherine Marshall - could be paired together.

    9. "My Great Aunt Arizona" is a really good historical fiction book that can be used to a teach lesson on not letting dreams deter you from a goal but rather using those dreams to push you to do something greater. Although this may seem a little awkward to understand at first, I'll be happy to elaborate more on this idea. Arizona spent her life learning, going to school, and dreaming of the far away places that she would be able to visit one day. She worked hard to read books and even ride a mule t [...]

    10. This is a wonderful book. The illustrations were lovely I had images of “Little House on the Prairie” pop into my mind. My 15 month old liked looking at this book too. I especially loved the dedication to “the most influential profession in the world”. Teachers certainly are influential. I enjoyed reading the details about Arizona’s life. Imagining making snow cream and maple-sugar candy was fun. I found it interesting to read that she and fellow students carried their lunches in lard [...]

    11. This is a wonderful book, telling a bit of history by describing one woman's life story. It seems more like a true biography than a bit of fiction. And the illustrations are colorful and help tell the story. We really enjoyed reading this story together.This book was featured as one of the selections for the September 2010: Back-to-School reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books group here at .

    12. Charming story for elementary school students about Arizona Hughes, an amazing educator who, I felt, prepared her students, from a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, to travel the world. "She taught students about words and numbers and the faraway places they would visit someday." I found this book to be quite touching and think that it could be used with students to give them a brief look into life in the past. This story could be tied in with a social studies unit and before a class might [...]

    13. I'd read this book to many classes of students. The heartwarming story of a lifelong teacher has always been a pleasure to read. Today I reread it several times as I was writing a series of lessons based upon the close reading of this text. I was reminded of a conversation I had with the author during my doctoral studies. I asked Dr. Houston what she would most like classroom teachers and students to do with her books. Her answer was simple and profound. "Just read the books and enjoy them!"

    14. This is the story of the author’s great-aunt, who taught the author and the author’s dad in 4th grade, as she did numerous generations. It’s a beautiful story from Appalachia, about one-room schoolhouses and one teacher who went to school in one, and returned to teach there also. The author showed just enough details of this wonderful aunt’s life to bring many ideas of discussion out for young students. Nice book to have for primary classrooms.

    15. I tear up every time I read this book aloud to my class. It is a touching story about teaching and dreams. It is a great book to compare with Miss Rumphius.

    16. My Great-Aunt Arizona is a wonderful biography about the author's great aunt growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Like another review I read it takes me back to when I would read books about Laura Ingalls Wilder or watch Little House on the Prairie. The writing and the illustrations made me want to be in that school-room with the teacher who "wore long full dresses and a pretty white apron. She wore high-button shoes and may petticoats too.". I would recommend this book to K [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this book. Arizona is a teacher and it’s really relatable to me. I hope to become a teacher like Arizona some day. She affected so many students just because she was a caring teacher. The illustrations in the story are gentle. Light colors are used. I give this story 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone.

    18. I was given this book in 1996 when I was student teaching. I was fortunate to work with a team who loved reading and made stories come alive for their students. This book remains a favorite. Like Arizona’s, my life as an educator took a different path than I expected, but I am thankful for the unexpected bends in the road.

    19. I loved the illustrations in this book. I could use themto show a class the lifestyle in that day of age. I also liked the plot, however, at the end if talks of Arizona passing away and I'm not sure of that's a topic I should be bringing up in class.

    20. It was very inspiring!-Carter I liked Arizona because she was a nice teacher.-Brooklyn The story tells how Arizona never stopped dreaming. -Olivia

    21. A wonderful book about the author's great-aunt Arizona. The love she feels for her comes through clearly and you glimpse what an amazing woman she was.

    22. My Great-Aunt Arizona is a touching story of Arizona’s life in the early 1900s. Arizona loved reading as a child, and after caring for her papa and brother when her mother passed away when she was young, she decided to become a teacher in her small hometown of Henson Creek. She taught for 57 years and loved her school children as if they were her own. She enjoyed teaching her students of the places they may one day travel to, and although Arizona Hughes never traveled to these places, she stay [...]

    23. Book Title:My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria HoustonStory Description: In this story, Gloria Houston describes her great aunt Arizona's life and her commitment to teaching. Focus: Narrative Features I would use in a mini-lesson: 1.Narrative structure: Houston uses a traditional beginning, middle, and end to tell her story. However, she sequences her story by using big sweeps of time. She uses phrases like, "In the winter," " When Arizona's mother died" to show that time has past. This story is abo [...]

    24. Book Level: 4.0Summary - Arizona lived many years ago when time was very different. Places were much further away then they are now, entertainment was much different, and school was much different. Arizona dreamed of being a school teacher, she went to school in a one room school house with her little brother, it was very loud and there was a lot of activity in there, Arizona even read every book in the school house. When Arizona became a teacher she taught in the school house where she had gone [...]

    25. Personal Reaction:I loved this biography. It made me think back to my favorite elementary school teacher and her passion for being an educator. I feel like I can really relate to Arizona because I love travel and I love teaching. This is a wonderful read.Purpose:Read Aloud:In fifth grade I went on a field trip to a one room school house where we pretended we went to school for the day. If this were a field trip that my kids would go on, I would absolutely introduce the topic by reading this book [...]

    26. Personal Reaction - i love this book because it shows me what's the impact of teachers on students. Her aunt, Arizona, tried to make her students dream going to big outer worlds. She makes the classroom cozy and beautiful by putting flowers near all windows. It helps students feel comfortable and involved in the classroom. Purposes-Read aloud to fourth graders of elementary school for several potential purposes:- This book would help children who want to be teachers learn the important meaning o [...]

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