Item description for A Book of Coupons by Susie Morgenstern...
It is the first day of school and the kids of Marie Curie School are getting a new teacher. Everyone arrives hoping for an athletic and handsome specimen, but instead, they find a fat, wrinkly, and incredibly old one. At first, the class is very disappointed. But then each student receives a strange gift-a book of very special coupons-and it becomes obvious that Monsieur Nol is not the kind of teacher you meet everyday. The school year is bound to be anything but ordinary.
Illustrated by Serge Bloch Translated by Gill Rosner
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2003
ISBN 0142501158 ISBN13 9780142501153 UPC 051488005995
Reviews - What do customers think about A Book of Coupons?
Loved It! Jun 15, 2008
I was pleasantly surprised. I was just hoping for a book good enough to read and actually loved this book. Lots of tidbits of great lessons.
Kids would like Monsieur Noel Jun 16, 2007
A fast read, sweet story about the year of schooling with an unusual teacher, Monsieur Noel. Initial doubt turns to understanding and growth by his charges, but his ways also raise eyebrows within the school administration. The book pleasantly reverberates from well-intended divergent-thinking leadership, and sweetly brings home the point that there's no one right way to teach and get good results. Most kids would read this, enjoy it, and wish for such a teacher.
Pleasant Read Nov 10, 2006
Nice bed-time read. Provides examples of why we shouldnt pass judgement on people until we get to know them. Colorful characters entice children to continue to next chapter. Language provides lots of opportunity for parents to ask questions, i.e., Should she do that? What are the consequences if she does make that decision? etc. I enjoied seeing my child think throughout as the plot unfolds. Would buy as a gift for children
Good Life Lessons Feb 6, 2005
I read this book both with my six-year-old and my ten-year-old. Both thought it was delightful and gave us a lot to talk about, as in, "What is a tactless question?" It is sweet and thoughtfully written. We were inspired to write our own book of coupons--and catagorize them for "grandma," "dad," etc... My ten-year-old says it was a great idea for a story. I am giving this book to my daughter's teachers as a gift and a read aloud to the class.
Coupons for living Feb 18, 2002
This book was first published in 1999 in French, under the title of Joker. The class returning to an unnamed grammar school for its final year were happy about finishing a French summer that grown boring, but found their new teacher, Hubert Noel, decidedly alarming.
He sat behind the desk like some unmovable tree trunk, and was so fat that Mohammed wondered if he were seeing double, or triple. He had so many wrinkles that some students thought he resembled "those pictures of God, with messy white hair and reading glasses perched on the end of his nose, not to mention the balloon potbelly." His voice sounded like it came from the bowels of the earth.
But most alarming of all were the first words he spoke. Not, "my name is," or "sit down please" but "I have a present for you." And then the monstrosity gave each student a wrapped package. Inside, the children each discovered a book of coupons. They were not the kind of coupons one could use in a store.
No, each book contained one coupon for activities usually forbidden by schools--sleeping late, skipping a day of school, being late to school, losing your homework, forgetting your books, not listening in class, sleeping in class, copying from your neighbor, not going when called to the blackboard, getting out of trouble, eating in class, making a lot of noise, singing at the top of your lungs when you like, dancing in class, taking a break, clowning around, telling a lie and giving the teacher a kiss.
The children were so startled by what they found that Benedicte, whom Mr. Noel appointed to read the coupons, had to stop, and Mohammed took over. He read six more coupons--one each for hugging whomever you like, taking your own sweet time, taking a never--ending recess, forgetting the books for your assignment, taking a longer vacation and the piece de resistance, one wild card coupon.
At first the students used lots of coupons, but as the year progressed, they found that it was more fun to come to school and use the coupons en masse. This made for some surprising capers.
Everything Mr. Noel offered them was some present. An assignment to read Charles Dickens, for example, began with their receipt of gift-wrapped copies of David Copperfield. Try as they might to avoid reading it, they rather enjoyed the--er, presents--that Mr. Noel had given them. Aside from the pleasant fact that the author had the same name, Charles found he could not put the book down, and stayed up all night reading, which led him to use his late-to-school coupon the next day.
Before long, Mr. Noel got himself into very hot water with the tyrannical school principal, Incarnation Perez. How he extracted himself from that difficulty is but one of the things that makes this book magical.
Another is the priceless lesson that Mr. Noel imparted. "When you're born, you get a whole bunch of coupons."
Which ones? Charles, Laurent, and Benedicte shouted, the coupons for life--for walking, speaking, learning to read, learning languages, learning geography biology and all the other `ologies,' for sports, the coupons for love.
Then the children did something very wild with their 26 collected wild card coupons. But you'll have to read this delightful tale to find out what. Alyssa A. Lappen