Book Review: Educating Esme’


I had the chance to read and review the book Educating Esme’ – Diary Of A Teachers First Year by Esme’ Raji Codell. I read the book start to finish and I highly recommend it.

Educating Esme’ was first published in 1999. Esme’ Raji Codell has won three awards for this book. The awards are: American Library Associations Alex Award, Forward Magazine’s Memoir of the Year, First Place for National Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association.

I couldn’t stop to put this book down once I started reading it. It was fantastic. I always had to find out what was going to happen next. I love how honest and spunky Esme’ is. She is also very creative in how she taught the kids. I thought it was amazing and wished I had that kind of teacher for my son.

I love how everyone calls her Madame. It’s also Esme’s nickname. I like how she kept at keeping it even though the principal didn’t like it. I liked her spunk in standing up for herself.

Esme’s first year was taught in an inner city school in Chicago. It was a newly built public school. She taught fifth grade.

While reading I thought at first how is she going to teach a bunch of kids with bad attitudes. You will be amazed at her charm with the kids. The kids respected her and the parents loved her! I am truly amazed at the difference she has made in the kids. That really says to me what wonderful teacher she is. When someone can impact a child’s life like she does..ahhh I don’t want to spoil the book for you…LOL So your going to have to pick it up and read it for yourself.

I loved the supplementary guide to help new teachers. When I was homeschooling some of the tips could have came in handy for me. I know had I read this book back then I would have been truly inspired and may have done things differently.  The tips are very useful!

I really enjoyed the forward and aftword. The forward was written by Katherine Paterson author of Bridge to Terabithia and the aftword was written by Jim Trelease author of The Read-Aloud Handbook.

I have recommended this book to friends here in town and I think they are going to be just as hooked as I was. I know I went into detail about the book and it caught their interest. So it will be interesting to find out if they agree with me.

Thank you for letting me review this book. I really enjoyed it.

If you would like to purchase Educating Esme’ – Dairy Of A Teacher’s First Year just click the link. Really you won’t be disappointed by the book at all!

2 Responses to “Book Review: Educating Esme’”

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    Tammy says:

    Sounds like a great book. I wish all teachers were like that. School is difficult enough for children these days without having a teacher that doesn’t care. When your child has a great teacher, it is such a wonderful thing to watch your child blossom.
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..Autism Mom Thursday =-.

    admin Reply:

    That’s exactly true Tammy. I would love to see a teacher like this work with our kids! I bet she could make a difference! It’s so inspiring when you have teacher that actually cares about the kids and what they learn. I mean she was so creative I really admire her.

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