My Great-Aunt Arizona, by Gloria Houston, is one of my favorite books, probably because it expresses my love of teaching. Although Great-Aunt Arizona taught in times past, Houston’s story remains timeless because it catches the essence of what teachers want for their students. Miss Arizona teaches her students about the far away places they will go while she dreams of those far away places.
This book is a great one to read as children start back to school. The beauty of Gloria Houston’s voice shines through in this tribute to her great aunt. I think a parent’s conversation about this book can open children’s minds to begin to recognize what teachers are doing in their classrooms. We hope you enjoy Great Aunt Arizona’s story!
*How is Great Aunt Arizona’s childhood different than yours?
*Why do you think Great Aunt Arizona became a teacher?
*How does her classroom look compared to yours?
*What things do you think your teacher is doing to help you this year?