Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Read Along Book)

by Harry Allard

Paperback, 1985



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HMH Books for Young Readers (1985), Edition: Reissue, 32 pages


The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

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LibraryThing member ht_storytime
Timeless - kids always love this story, no matter how many times they've heard it.
LibraryThing member D.Holliman
Again Allard does a great job capturing not only what it is like to be student, but also what it is like to be a teacher. I think that quite a few teachers would love to come to work as the Swamp to get their rowdy students back in line, especially with some of the tough students that our in
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today's classrooms. This book could be used to discuss with your students what are classroom rules and what are some consequences when we don't follow the rules. But over all it is just a fun and great read that students seem to love, they enjoy this series and really love the art work.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Miss Nelson has the worst class in school, but when she disappears, her substitute, Miss Viola Swamp, whips them into shape! The children are so relieved when Miss Nelson returns, that they are perfect. Perfect book to read while substituting or to have substitutes read to the class.

I should also
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note that I dressed up as Viola Swamp for Halloween, and it was a big hit.
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LibraryThing member kidlit9
"The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.
LibraryThing member mrsarey
As a teacher, I adore this book- it's funny and the kids love it too. Always a good read with classes.
LibraryThing member hartn
Very much a grade school text, though it can also be read independently, Miss Nelson is Missing is a great story with very complimentary illustrations. The allusions, imagery and phrasing in the story are not as compact as could be, but the story hour in the classroom helps propel the plot nicely,
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especially the change in the class's behaviour. A beginning: "They were even rude during story hour", a middle: "'We'll have no story hour today'", and an end: "Miss Nelson noticed that during story hour no one was rude or silly". The colourful action in the illustrations of James Marshall provide great matchings in the tone of the children's behaviour and especially in the contrast between the two teachers. Not the tightest text but a great story with lots of humour.
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LibraryThing member GWES.Second
Use any of the Miss Nelson books for similar tags.
LibraryThing member baachan
Having loved these Miss Nelson books as a kid, I decided to go back and re-read them with a critical eye. They held up! Allard and Marshall make a great author/illustrator team. Miss Nelson, the lovable, easy-going teacher of 207, decides something must be done to whip her rowdy class into shape.
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The next day, Miss Viola Swamp substitutes for Miss Nelson. She works the kids down, gives homework, bans talking. When Miss Nelson comes back to school, she notices the wonderful change! One thing that I noticed this reading was that the illustrations seem to be watercolor, with ink. Allard narrates the story with simple prose, but has enough dry humor in the mix to entertain both readers and readees. One special treat was reading the spines of the books that the students are loaded down with--hard math, big book of facts, etc. Great addition to any school media center or public library. Perhaps a good teaching tool for the classroom---1) behave or you may be sorry 2) appreciate your teachers--it could be a whole lot worse!
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LibraryThing member RamiroLongoria
This is a story about a teacher who is having problems getting her class to listen and pay attention. To solve the problem the teacher decides to dress up and come in disguise as a different woman with a very different attitude. The new woman or substitute teacher is strict and not very friendly
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causing the students to want their teacher back. When their teacher finally does come back, the students have a completely different attitude and listen to the teacher now. The funny part is that they never knew she was there all along.

I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the way that the author left the surprise to the very end of the book. The author does not come out and say right away that it was actually their teacher in disguise; the author discretely mentions that Mrs. Nelson did not come to school and that there was a new temporary teacher. The author does not disclose this information until the very end of the book creating a little more humor to the story.

I think I would open this book up to a classroom discussion about behavior. We all know that most of the time the students are tempted to misbehave when they have a substitute or new teacher. I think this book can help students to appreciate that it not nice to do that and that it is always a good idea to be on ones best behavior. Then might end the discussion with a joke about how one day I might come disguised to see how the students behave when I am not there.
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LibraryThing member mhackman
I read it as a kindergartener and it continues to delight me. How awful to imagine one terrific teacher disappearing and being replaced with a meanie. Kids will appreciate their own teacher more.
LibraryThing member kdemott
Classic. Great for an unruly class. Fun and humorous.
LibraryThing member darleneua
Elementary students would love this book. There are several Miss Nelson books, and I would love to have them in my classroom. There is a twist at the end of the book, and it would keep the childrens' attention.
LibraryThing member ktholt
Children should behave the same way they would with a substitute, as they would for their own teacher.
LibraryThing member DanielleSt
The kids in room 207 are becoming increasingly disruptive and their teacher, Miss Nelson, is fed up. When Miss Nelson suddenly disappears and a mean, scary substitute teacher comes in, the kids begin to miss and appreciate Miss Nelson. The substitute, Viola Swamp, drills the kids with classwork and
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homework. The kids search for Miss Nelson and propose what may have happened to her. When she finally returns, the kids have impeccable attitudes towards school, work, learning, and respecting Miss Nelson. They refuse to tell her why they've suddenly changed, but Miss Nelson may be closer to the truth than you think!
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LibraryThing member cegordon
This story is about Miss Nelson and her classroom of children who disrupt everything and are rowdy. A substitute teacher comes in one day, and she is really mean and gives the kids lots of work. The children miss their teacher and try to find out where she is. Eventually, Miss Nelson comes back and
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the children learned to behave because they did not want her to ever leave again.
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LibraryThing member mel2209
In the begginning Miss Nelson is a sweet and caring teacher, but her students keep misbehaving in the most terrible of ways. Until one day when Miss Nelson is replaced by Miss Swamp, the meanest teacher of all. By the end of Miss Swamp's visit to the classroom the students appreciate the caring
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nature of Miss Nelson.

This book is very enjoyable. I believe the most appealing features are the "witch" Miss Swamp and the way the students react to her. Also, although the pictures are primarily duller in color they depict the story in a humorous manner.

This book would also be a great start to the school year to show what behaviors are proper for the classroom. After reading this book, the students could help make a set of classroom rules to be posted up for the year. Another idea is to have the students think of a time they misplaced something, and write a story on what they did to find it, comparing their work to the detective work of Detective McSmogg.
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LibraryThing member aelambert
This book begins with a class that is misbehaving. Their teacher, Miss Nelson, goes missing and leaves them with an extremely strict substitute. The students actually begin to miss Miss Nelson and go out looking for her. When she came back the children were so happy and they were very well behaved.
LibraryThing member slblack2
Miss Nelson is Missing is about a book where the sweet Miss Nelson is being mistreated by her classroom. They are rude, rowdy, and out of control. When Miss Nelson doesn't come to class and the children have a substitue teacher the children start to have second thoughts on their behavior while
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Miss. Nelson is there. The substitute gives the children lots of work and is very mean. The children begin to miss Miss.Nelson and decide to find her. When Miss. Nelson returns the children's behavior changes and are glad Miss. Nelson is back.
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LibraryThing member EmilyAnnSp
Miss Nelson is a sweet teacher with an out of control class of students. They do not pay attention to her at all and when they do pay attention they are being very rude. One day Miss Nelson does not show up to school. They students were so happy because they knew they could act up even worse now
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that Miss Nelson is gone. But the students were very wrong. They were stuck with a mean, wicked substitute name Miss Viola Swamp. She was very mean and very ugly. She made the students of room 207 do all kinds of work. The students wanted to find Miss Swamp and started to look for her and even went to her house but she was not there. Soon Miss Nelson came back and the students were so grateful to not have Miss Swamp they were very nice and respectful students.
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LibraryThing member raspringrose
This book is about a teacher that is constantly getting run all over by her students. She has lost control over an aspect of her classroom. The students do not listen to her at all, so she decides to play a trick on them. She dresses up as a substitute teacher. None of the students knew it was her,
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and when she came into class she acted as mean as she could, and all the students were very scared of her. They decide to find Miss Nelson, but she is no where to be found. By the time Miss Nelson came back the students did not misbehave again. I think this would be a great book to read if the students were beginning to act up.
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LibraryThing member kefoley
The kids are all misbehaving in Miss Nelson's class. She tries to tell them to be quiet in a nice voice but nothing works. The next day in class Miss Viola Swamp is the teacher and she means business. The kids are to be quiet and there will be no story time. The kids missed Miss Nelson. When Miss
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Nelson returned they were well behaved. Miss Nelson never said where she was those days she wasn't in school, it was her secret she said.

This book is entertaining for children and I loved reading it when I was in second grade.
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LibraryThing member bcbias
This is a very good book to read for teachers with students who like to misbehave. The students in Miss Nelson's room act up all the time and Miss Nelson must do something about it. The next day she isn't there for class but they have a mean substitue named Miss Viola Swamp. She gives them a lot of
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homework and the students hate her. They decide to search for Miss Nelson but can't find her anywhere. They are worried that they will be stuck with Miss Swamp forever. But MIss Nelson returns and the class acts like the best class in the whole school. They don't know the secret: Miss Nelson is Miss Viola Swamp.
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LibraryThing member Madalyn333
This is a really cute story about a class who is always misbehaving. The teacher, Miss. Nelson has a hard time controlling them so she decides to leave one day. A really mean, ugly substitute teacher comes in and the students really miss Miss. Nelson. At the end of the story we find out that the
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substitute teacher is Miss. Nelson dressed up as someone else. This story is the most appropriate for intermediate readers.
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LibraryThing member Necampos
Reading Level 2.6

This is a fun mystery book. The misbehaving kids were rude and uncontrollable so Miss Nelson decided to pretend she was a mean witch to get the kids attention. There are clues throughout the text that kids can pick up on and guess that the witch really is Miss Nelson.
When Miss
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Nelson does return to school, the children are sweet to her and obedient.
A good lesson to kids would be to respect your nice teachers and obey them or they could have someone liek Viola Swamp who is mean.
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LibraryThing member michelleknudsen
One of my favorite picture books, although I’d never before realized it had the group-mind POV thing going on. This book is what made me more interested in exploring the group-mind topic, because I seem to keep wanting to write picture books with group-mind characters, and common wisdom seems to
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be that you need one (individual) identifiable character to create a successful picture-book story. Since I doubt anyone can argue that Miss Nelson Is Missing! is anything other than a successful picture-book story, it seemed to present the beginnings of a very good counterargument.
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Edgar Award (Nominee — Juvenile — 1978)
Georgia Children's Book Award (Winner — Picturebook — 1980)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Winner — 1981)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — 1985)


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10.5 inches


0395401461 / 9780395401460


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