Where the Steps Were

Where the Steps Were Class With Miss D Gives The Students At Pleasant Hill Elementary The Confidence They Need To Move On To Their New School The Third Graders Are Sad That This Will Be Their Last Year At Pleasant Hill Elementary Before Their School Is Torn Down Poems Narrated In The Voices Of Five Different Students Dawn, Kayla, Jonathan, Anthony, And Carmen Relate The Events Of Their Last Year Together With Their Teacher, Miss D The Year Is Busy As The Students, Each Facing A Challenge At Home, Prepare To Put On A Play, Take Field Trips To A Local Farm, And Do Experiments In The Science Lab They Are Studying The Civil War And Key Figures In The Civil Rights Movement When The Students Go To A Play In A Real Theatre, They Are Kicked Out For No Good Reason Miss D Helps The Students Write Letters To The Theater Manager, Demanding To Know Why They Weren T Allowed To See The Play Is It Because Their Skin Is Black

Andrea Cheng is a Hungarian American children s author and illustrator The child of Hungarian immigrants, she was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof Her family spoke Hungarian and English at home After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, she went to Switzerland, where she apprenticed to a bookbinder, attended a school of b

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  • Hardcover
  • 144 pages
  • Where the Steps Were
  • Andrea Cheng
  • English
  • 15 November 2018
  • 9781932425888

10 thoughts on “Where the Steps Were

  1. says:

    In this novel in verse by Andrea Cheng, third graders at an underperforming elementary school move through their final year in the school before the building is torn down The kids have a variety of family situations and personal problems, but they all love their teacher, who is a stable and loving presence in their lives Though the book refers frequently to the fact that the school will be torn down, this story is of a portrait of an inner city school than a story about saying goodbye to a beloved school The characters, though interesting, are not very three dimensional Rather, each one is defined according to the situation he or she lives in, making them all seem like stereotypical representations of the author s impressions of this type of school The emotions do ring true I felt terrible for the kids in the scene where they are thrown out of a theater on a field trip for spitting, when none of them actually spit The things the kids worry about their parents health, their own futures, their weight, etc are also realistic, but the characters who have these worries do not have distinct personalities.Where the Steps Were is definitely timely, but I question whether the intended audience is really children To me, it felt like the story was trying to convince adults that keeping schools like this open is important because of kids attachments to their teachers and because kids like these have a lot of disappointments in their lives already I think that is a perfectly fine message to send, but I wished the story was focused on the development of individual characters than on this almost clinical analysis of what is lost when a school closes I think teachers might be able to use this book as a read aloud to prompt discussions about school community and fairness, but overall, it doesn t strike me as especially kid friendly.Andrea Cheng is a talented writer, and I see hints in this book of the style that made me fall in love with last year s The Year of the Book, which is written in prose, but with very lyrical and poetic language This book is not my favorite of hers, but for kids who attend a school in danger of closing, this might be the story that will help them cope with their feelings of confusion and loss.

  2. says:

    Pleasant Hill Elementary School will be torn down after this year This novel in verse tells the story of that final year as experienced by the third graders in Miss D s class From learning about how to get along with one another to learning about great figures in history, we get to experience life in their world Some of the students are dealing with problems of jealousy and friendship while others grapple with pressing issues like homelessness Cheng excels at writing poetry that children will immediately relate to and understand She moves skillfully from humor to seriousness and back, weaving her poems into the experience of a year There are also small glimpses of Miss D s personal life as she struggles with her own son This deft humanizing of a teacher is also important for children to see.Highly recommended as a classroom read, this book may not fly off the shelves on its own, but will be appreciated by any student who opens it Appropriate for ages 8 10.

  3. says:

    I m really surprised and disappointed this one isn t getting attention or at least better reviews on GoodReads.Based on the author s sister s third grade classroom and told in verse, the book concerns a group of children from a low income area who attend a school that is about to be demolished All the children have their own issues obesity, homelessness, reading difficulties and, at times, lose faith in themselves But they all have a champion in their beloved teacher Miss D.Very touching and, at times, crushing after successfully doing the school announcements, a boy, with pride, says I sound just like a white boy now , the book has many sad moments but never becomes desolate.While wildly different in tone, the book reminded me of Morgenstern s Book of Coupons since both deal with an inspirational teacher s influence on his her students.

  4. says:

    I did not find this book emotionally engrossing It seems to me that those poems do not amount to poetry I had a hard time identifying different children by their voices , only by what s happening in their lives and also by the identifier of names attached to each entry.If this was supposed to be a verse novel, it did not quite contain much of an arc, except for the advancement of time Nor does it contain a true conclusion.If this was supposed to be a tribute to an extraordinary teacher to this group of elementary students, I failed to see how the teacher is exceptional and or how the children grow and know each other at the end of the year with the help of this teacher.The atmosphere presented feels not like a 2006 class of 3rd graders, like distant echoes from decades ago.

  5. says:

    While the poems are beautiful, I have conflicting opinions about this book It is written for ages 4 8, according to the listing The book is far too advanced for this age group, in my mind I am in my 20s, and I had a difficult time following the characters stories, as there were five main characters, and once I learned about a character, I had to read four poems and then remember his her story I felt that the way the poems were set up took away from the intimacy that I felt with each character, and it didn t flow well for me I think an older age group could understand the poems, but I doubt a child in the 10 12 age group would want to read about third graders, as kids often like to read about characters that are equal in age or older.

  6. says:

    Interesting format..a series of poems written from the POV of 3rd graders in a school that is about to be closed down The students come from difficult circumstances but they have an amazing teacher It is a fast read and enjoyable and sad and hopeful It left me with questionswhy is the school being torn downit sounds as if it may be because the building is old and needs to be replaced yet the students are very upset by the need to go to another school the next year Will they have to be bussed to this new school Is the closing of the old school about test scores and so called poor performance rather than the need for a new building It was interesting to note that the author wrote this based on her younger sister and classmates experiences.

  7. says:

    Really good story about at third grade class written in free verse novel format Cheng also includes her own art what looks like woodcuts to illustrate the story At first I thought the format would be confusing for 3 5th grade but the individual poems are grounded in a child s life This would be a fantastic read aloud with a third fourth grade, where you could stop and create a character map for the story Set in inner city Cincinnati, Ohio with a predominant African American culture The students in the school are dealing with the fact their school is going to be torn down before the next year Also, the students experience discrimination at a theater performance This is based on a real third grade class I think the issues are easily fourth grade, too.

  8. says:

    Story told through poems by five students from a third grade class at a school on its last year before closing The voices of the students could have been from students in our school they felt authentic and true to their age group Although I initially did not like the ending, as I write this and see the title again, I accept Andrea Cheng s rendering and will change my rating from 3 stars to 4 The story is really a vignette from a place no longer there, a place where the steps were Maybe the lives of these five children were shared with us with the purpose of our being understanding, caring, and less prejudicial to children who deserve better.

  9. says:

    This was a pleasant story, told in verse, about a third grade class whose school is scheduled to be torn down at the end of the school year It was good as far as it went, but it didn t really have a climax or proper ending The children each had issues and family problems, but nothing was resolved by the end with any of them Even the teacher had a problem, which went unresolved This book needs to be reworked to include a better ending.

  10. says:

    I loved it It s a whole year of third grade, full of friendships, hurts, prejudices, dreams, distilled in the children s poems I found myself in tears toward the end I know some other reviewers mention not liking that lack of any conclusions to the problems presented, but few of the problems can be solved in a year s time It s like real life Most things are out of the kids hands, they are just coping with them the best they can.

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