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Among Schoolchildren

reviewed by Aaron M. Pallas - 1990

coverTitle: Among Schoolchildren
Author(s): Tracy Kidder
Publisher: Avon, New York
ISBN: 0380710897, Pages: , Year: 1990
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In Among Schoolchildren, Tracy Kidder applies his formidable storytelling skills to a case study of a year in the life of an urban fifth-grade classroom and its teacher. Writing for the general public, he weaves an engaging story peppered with revealing anecdotes that ring true to educators and lay readers alike. Anyone who has survived the fifth grade can relate to Kidder’s description of life inside Christine Zajac’s classroom—the story resonates to the reader’s memory of sights, sounds, and feelings. Most readers will wish that they had had a string of such teachers through their formative years; Zajac is committed, caring, reflective, a whirlwind of energy. Kidder’s portrayal is sympathetic and unrelentingly nonjudgmental. The few criticisms of Zajac that do slip through are so subtle as to almost evade the eye. The prose is wonderfully evocative, capturing at once the wonder of childhood and the grit of a run-down city. Part of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 1, 1990, p. 123-125
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 361, Date Accessed: 11/30/2020 8:48:44 AM

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