Miss L'eau, teaching children how they can be a part of an environmental action movement, is one of the best paperbacks written for pre-teens. The book begins by describing a typical elementary school teacher, Miss L'eau. She's short, has her hair in a bun and wears glasses. Does she remind you of anyone perhaps? Well, I am thinking of my 6th-grade teacher who would always make good eye contact with us, especially if we became a bit unruly! Now with Miss L'eau, there is something extra -ordinary about her eyes!
Then we meet James and David who are two elementary school boys that live near the ocean and often hang out at an abandoned lighthouse. T. Katz is a brilliant writer who takes us on an adventure with the love of the sea, the building of a student- teacher relationship and finally a changed perspective of inspiration and hope for a better cleaned-up environment.
If you're looking for a bit of a mystery, then you will love joining with David in discovering the first clue, her eyes. Miss L'eau's eyes are as blue-green as the sea, and if you could get up the courage to stare right into them, you'd swear you could see angel fish, sea plants, coral beds, and even sea anemones.
You will find adventure in this easy to read paperback book. T.Katz visually paints a picture of Miss L'eau pedaling furiously towards the sea. James is shocked when she deliberately goes into the ocean and does not surface. If you love the ocean as much as I, then you'll find yourself taking deeper breaths continually and smelling the salty air while eagerly turning pages. It's very easy to finish the book in one sitting.
The author concludes with a passionate and encouraging note to one of her students, "I've seen great things in your science reports and ultimately, I know that your heart will point your mind in the right direction." For more information regarding T.Katz,
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The heart of this fun loving book is that children can change the world and protect our planet!
What I like: educational and inspirational love of the sea!
What I dislike: nothing
Rating: 5 + stars... excellent
Age Appeal: 8 - 11
* Product Description
James and David had always known there was something unusual about their elementary school teacher, Miss L'eau, but they could never quite put their finger on it. David discovered their first clue, was in her eyes-- Miss L'eau had the most unusual pair of eyes! She wore glasses when she taught, but when she had to deal with just you--she would lean over your desk, move her glasses down to the end of her nose . . . and there they were! Miss L'eau's eyes were as blue-green as the sea, and if you could get up the courage to stare right into them, you'd swear you could see angel fish, sea plants, coral beds, and even sea anemones! It was the most wonderful, yet frightening, experience when she would talk to you face-to-face. The boys lived their whole lives near the ocean but never thought about how it was important or how vulnerable it might be. Through Miss L'eau and her unexpected relationship with the sea, they develop a love and understanding of the ocean and become involved with the nearby aquarium and organize an annual clean-up.
* Perfect Paperback: 100 pages
* Publisher: Windstorm Creative; 1st edition (June 1, 2008)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1590924045
* ISBN-13: 978-1590924044
This wonderful author is also a blogger!
* Helpful links listed by T.Katz:
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I highly recommend Miss L'eau to you. If you love mermaids and the wonders of the sea then this is the book for you... truly a very educational and inspirational book. And if one of your goals, a very important goal is to preserve and protect our planet, then pick up a copy of this great paperback book today!
Happy summer reading,
P.S. Perhaps you are planning to visit our beautiful city, San Diego, and Sea World is on your list of summer tour spots. Why not bring along a copy of the book to read for the kids? Plus, you'll want to visit Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. It is one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean and earth science research, graduate training, and public service in the world.