Missy’s Epic Novel

Dear Readers and their grownups,

A lot of pretty exciting things happened back in the days before Missy and her pack rescued the nameless, homeless hound and her pup, and eventually realized they needed a school for all of the animals living on or near Farther Along Farm. The Times Before Miss Missy’s School is a collection of short stories about episodes from their younger lives– the times before Miss Missy’s School. By necessity, the stories are limited in scene, and in the number of characters, but each short story has the same structure as Miss Missy’s School Book I: A Pack of Farm Dogs Starts a School. There is a story, suitable for middle grade kids, young adults, and their grownups. Each has either “Missy-ism” or “As Someone Once Said” callouts, and a final short “Epilogue: Old Things & Ways Explained.”

The first collection is Missy’s Epic Novel.

In Miss Missy’s School, “Chapter IXX: Good Advice,” Missy asks John for some advice on teaching–which she’s never done before. She is a little anxious about it. John tells her to ignore the various pedagogical theories she’s read about. He says,

The only thing that really matters is that a teacher truly loves her subject and is passionate about sharing that love with her students.

pg. 99

(That’s Caroline’s first ever drawing of Missy!)

He reminds her of how hard she worked on her Epic Novel a few years before. Missy then sees that writing a children’s Epic Novel, and teaching have a lot in common. That makes her feel a lot better!

But when you read that chapter, did you wonder what her Epic Novel was all about? And why she wrote an Epic Novel in the first place? Missy’s Epic Novel answers those questions, and is a very fun story.

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Miss Missy’s School Book I: A Pack of Farm Dogs Starts a School by Marica Bernstein.

Illustrated by Caroline Cooper. Old Schoolhouse Road Publishing.

Ages 7 and up. Grownups love it, too!

#Friendship #Countrylife #Talkinganimals #Animalstories #Familyreading

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If you are a stickler for grammar and are wondering why ‘before’ is capitalized, it’s because even though it is a preposition, it is being used as an adjective.

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