Collection GREEN TUCAN


Canals, Cuca. Illustrated by: Castro, José.
Professor Amalia Zapatero begins a new life in a town called Gastón, a remote place located in the south of the country (although it is never specified which country it is). In Gastón time seems to have stopped, he doesn't even have Internet. The houses are also old. Gastón is known only for its artisanal bread that is made with flavored herbs, which gives it a unique and unmistakable flavor. Amalia's dream has always been to visit a snowy, white place, where she can feel the frozen air. On the other hand, in Gastón the heat is unbearable. Since she suffered a heart attack, Amalia cannot stand the high temperatures and the heat is terrible for her. But they had offered her the possibility of retiring or accepting the new position at the Fernando Passo de Gastón school and Amalia could not afford to stop working. On the first day of school, Amalia arrives at her new job on time. He goes right away to meet his new students, because he is impatient, which is why he enters with a friendly smile on his lips. But the fifth graders don't even look at her. When he finally gets everyone to sit in their seats, he sees that two students are missing. A few minutes later they arrive without even apologizing. Everyone also protests when he makes them read a text from the language book. This is how he finds out that he is facing the worst class of his life. The students are not able to understand anything they have read, some even barely know how to read. The teacher goes to complain to the director, but he tells her that he no longer has the energy, that at first he also insisted on teaching them, but when he saw that they were not interested in anything, he got tired and decided to throw in the towel. Amalia is also surprised that the parents do not care that their children do not receive a good education, but Patricio tells her that most of them work in the factories for more than ten hours to earn a miserable salary and that when they get home they They are too exhausted to care for their children. Many of these families do not have economic resources, so most of the children will have to start working when they finish high school. But Amalia, far from giving up, decides to change her teaching methods to capture the children's attention. And he owes it all to Carlo, the owner of the restaurant where he usually goes to dinner, and who is the one who gave him the idea, because by writing the bar menu with a misspelling he had caused the customers to laugh. The next day, Amalia writes some sentences on the blackboard full of spelling mistakes and the students are initially perplexed and then burst out laughing. Then he proposes to the whole class that they write whatever they want in their notebooks, but with spelling mistakes. Another day he tells them that they are going to learn the letters and as he talks about them he draws them. The "h" looks like a chair, the upside-down "u" is a hat, the "A" looks like a snowy mountain, and so on with the entire alphabet. Each child has to draw one or more letters and create their own illustrations (such as an "F" in a horizontal position, which is a machine gun, followed by several "ooo", which are bullets)... In this way, through A very imaginative game, she ends up getting the students to write without spelling mistakes, but her unconventional methods are not liked by the parents and finally the teacher is expelled from the school. Amalia suffers another heart attack but only Carlo finds out about it; Although, when they inform the school that they have won the national drawing contest for their originality and for the “lack” of spelling mistakes in the essays, they all regret having criticized it and publicly admit that they were wrong. They find out about the heart attack and prepare a surprise for him: they simulate a big snowfall in the town, which they achieve by sprinkling the streets with flour. The teacher quickly realizes the deception, but she feels happy for everything they have done for her. Of course Amalia is automatically readmitted to the school, which for her is her true home, and also, at the end of the course, Carlo declares his love for her. This book talks about the importance of education and the essential function that educators perform with our children, as well as motivation. The message is that we must try to find methods, even if they are not so conventional, to attract children to the classrooms and get them to learn while enjoying themselves and, above all, having fun. Therefore, it is a fundamental tool to show interest and make learning enjoyable for everyone. This is a good book to work on in the classroom, especially because of the incredible and imaginative creations that arise from the combination of several letters.
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ISBN: 978-84-683-1229-3
Code: 111662
Publication date: 13/12/2023
176 pages
Size: 13.0cm x 19.5cm. Paperback
Cover price: 10.95 
Recommended subjects:
Language and literature
Theme:Children's / Teenage fiction: General, modern and contemporary fiction
Canals, Cuca

Cuca Canals lives in Barcelona. She worked as a publicist for many years and was also a screenwriter for the film director Bigas Luna. She is also the author of four fiction books for adults that have been translated into seven languages and a number of children´s books some of them published by edebé.

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