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Bracelet, The [Hardcover]

By Elizabeth Ballard, Miriam De Rosier (Illustrator), Joy Cowley (Editor), Georges Jeanty (Illustrator), Yishan Li (Illustrator), Kwang-Ching Liu & David Mungello
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2003
Publisher   Gibbs Smith, Publisher
ISBN  1586850504  
EAN  9781586850500  
UPC  082552020507  

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Item Description...
Miss Thompson has a change of heart about a student after he gives a her a gift that belonged to his deceased mother.

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Teddy is not Miss Thompson's favorite student. He doesn't focus in class, his homework is never complete, and he comes to school unkempt. When, at Christmas, Teddy gives Miss Thompson a bottle of cheap perfume and a rhinestone bracelet with half the stones missing, Miss Thompson is confused-until she discovers that these items had belonged to his recently deceased mother. Miss Thompson's profound realization changes her attitude and behavior forever; in turn, young Teddy begins to truly blossom. The Bracelet is a heartwarming story of how one person can deeply affect another person's life, and it will touch everyone who reads it.

Miriam de Rosier is a native of Washington State. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University. Ms. de Rosier works as a freelance illustrator; her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Absolutely charming story!  Jan 18, 2008

This is a delightfully charming story of how one caring, understanding teacher made all the difference in the world to a sad and misunderstood young boy. My wife, who oversees several early childhood centers, loved it so much that she purchased multiple copies as Christmas gifts for her teachers!
Everyone deserves kindness, Miss Thompson  Oct 28, 2005
I work at a bookstore and our entire staff is in agreement: this book is exactly what children need if you want to send them on an emotional rollercoaster. The message this book sends is horrible. We can understand that teachers don't like every student, but this book makes a point of showing just how much his teacher doesn't like him. Despite the fact that Miss Thompson has Teddy's school records, showing his poor family, situation, then his mother's illness, eventually her death, Miss Thompson doesn't waver in her dislike of Teddy. She doesn't show one iota of understanding or sympathy for this boy who is so obviously struggling. She is horrified at the gift he brings her. She totally overlooks the fact that he didn't have to bring her anything at all. He puts everything he has into this gift and she shuns it. True, she does put the bracelet on when the other students laugh, but she's not doing it out of any affection for the boy, or any interest in the gift he has given her. It is only after he reveals the significance of the gift that she shows any interest in it or him. Miss Thompson is shamed. After the encounter with Teddy and his gifts "she helped all the children, but especially the slow ones, and especially Teddy." This moment is horrible. As a teacher she should already be helping the 'slow ones', and she is still treating Teddy differently - he's not even part of the 'slow ones'. Then the book fastforwards through Teddy's life. He sends a letter to Miss Thompson telling her that he is graduating high school, he sends a letter that he is graduating college, finally he sends a letter that he is getting married and wants her to come sit where his mother would sit. Miss Thompson goes because she DESERVES recognition for what she has done for him. She hasn't done anything. She didn't know he was graduating high school, she didn't know he was graduating college, she didn't even know he was getting married, so why exactly does she feel deserving? Teddy goes about his life and Miss Thompson feels that she is the cause of everything good that he has made of himself. She may have shown him some kindness, which is only what any human should receive, but she also caused him just as much harm through her initial neglect.
one tacky Christmas gift leads to a lifelong impact on two lives...  Sep 14, 2005
Miss Thompson teaches a 5th grade class. She is a tad judgmental if not very human as we all are. Sometimes, for no specific (or at least legitimate) reason, we find people in life we just don't care for and it's hard to always put on a poker face.

Jean Thompson tells her students that she loves them all the same, but her behavior is quite transparent to everyone but herself. She finds one student in particular, Teddy Stallard, unkept, unattractive and frankly unlikable.

When Christmas comes along, all the students bring presents to her and Teddy's is the most ugly and tackiest of all - a cheap perfume bottle and a cheesy bracelet with missing rhinestones - and it looks like a monkey wrapped them. Miss Thompson is very professional and politically correct, so when the students laugh at his gifts, she puts on the bracelet and dabs on some perfume.

After class, Teddy talks to her about the gifts, revealing the sweet heart of gold beating in this unlikable boy. His revelation to her changes her, humbles her and enables her to be an unforgettable influence on Teddy's future life choices. A boy that could have easily grown up to be a loveless and self-absorbed thug is clearly changed by the attention and affection from his teacher and in the end, they heal each other in ways neither of them, especially Miss Thompson, can ever imagine.

The book is short (a bit shorter than this review, I imagine!), but deep. It can be read once in just a couple of minutes, but will be read over and over again by any child. It's sweet, it's moving and it is moral. I can't say enough about how awesome this little book is for all children to have.

Teddy's mother suffers a major illness and then dies and is left with an ineffectual father - so for real young children who may suddenly freak out with the possibility of losing a parent, this should be given to a child with discretion - but like all books for youngsters, it's ideal for parents to read the books with their kids and talk about what they think about the story.
A Teacher's Heart Changes  Aug 1, 2004
I don't remember when I first heard this story, but I remember the significant meaning and it definitely touched my life. The Bracelet is adapted from a story by Elizabeth Ballard and is now illustrated by Miriam de Rosier who is a native of Washington State. She now works as a freelance illustrator and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

This is a story about how we often fail to see a person's heart because we are so consumed with how they are living their life. Miss Thompson's student Teddy was a boy who was not well liked and had a poor home situation. Even when Jean Thompson tells her entire class that she loves them all the same, she definitely has favorites.

When Christmas arrives, all the children give Miss Thompson presents. Teddy's present is all wrapped in crumpled brown paper and held together with tape. In the package, she finds a rhinestone bracelet and a bottle of cheap perfume. The story continues and soon we find out what a profound effect Miss Thomson has on Teddy's life when she makes the choice to show love instead of disappointment for the gift.

This story reminds me of a student I once knew who was an absolute terror in class, but would stand waiting for his ride home and talk to me as if he was an angel in disguise. I realized that the children who acted up the most, needed the most love. This tiny book has a profound message and I can't imagine anyone hearing this story and not remembering it for the rest of their life.

~The Rebecca Review
A teacher's dream  Dec 3, 2003
This book will tear at your heartstrings if you are a teacher. Another teacher read it at a faculty meeting and we all loved it. It would be a great gift for a student teacher or a friend who is a teacher.

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