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 "Teacher Man: A Memoir"
Book Review

For several decades, the reviewers taught English and Speech in the New York City School System as did Frank McCourt. That is why we entered into the reading of " Teacher Man: A Memoir"  (Scribner, $26.00, 272 pages) with high expectations knowing we would be involved with very familiar territory.

The author of "Angela's Ashes" traces his teaching time from its beginning at McKee Vocational and Technical in 1958 through its ending almost 30 years later at Stuyvesant High School.  

The prose is funny, lyrical, moving, never pedestrian. No one could ever say that F. McCourt lacked the gift of gab and the knack of turning a phrase.

In "The King and I," Mrs. Anna tells her young pupils that "If you become a teacher, by your students you'll be taught." Frank McCourt agrees. This is a book to enjoy and go back to from time to time to realize just how priceless the art and craft of teaching is, and how important it is for of us to savoir our times in the classroom - as teachers or students.

NOTABLE: "Curious George's First Words at the Zoo" (Curious George Board Books, Houghton Mifflin, 12 pages, $3.95,) by H.A. and Margret Rey is a must for those of reading level ages 4-8.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

 
 

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