Miss Brilliant is full of ideas. With her students she celebrates everything: teeth, corn, mummies, spiders -- and plays!
Only José isn't interested in "Mary Had a Little Lamb," or being a Brilliant Player, or even his surprise role. But as José learns about drama and tension and working with his classmates, he finds that he, too, has his own special place in Miss Brilliant's class and in her heart.
Aliki has created a memorable teacher and a class full of personalities that all readers will want to join.
A Play's the Thing By Aliki
Illustrated by Aliki
Published by HarperCollins, 2005
ISBN 0060743557, 9780060743550
... ' college as Ms. Frizzle, announces to her class that they are going to put on a play based on "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Her multicultural cast hops to with a will, except for José, who bears a passing resemblance to a certain Pierre who didn't care and who spends almost the whole story acting out against everyone else. They write the script—Miss Brilliant assigns them their roles (Bandana, whose English isn't big yet, is a musician; Steffi, who uses a wheelchair, is the narrator)—lines are written and learned, costumes and scenery prepared. The parents are invited, and it's a great success even for José, who not only plays the teacher but whose mom leaves work early to see him. The children are a rainbow of the American classroom, and the lessons gently taught. (Picture book. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)