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Bravery, Optimism, and Unlikely Friendships

Bravery, Optimism, and Unlikely Friendships


The Year of Miss Agnes, by Kirkpatrick Hill:

Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard. But Miss Agnes is different—she doesn't get frustrated with her students, and she throws away old textbooks and reads Robin Hood instead! For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write—but will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came?


Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren:

In our very funny second book, Pippi Longstocking, Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson. Whether Pippi’s scrubbing her floors, doing arithmetic, or stirring things up at a fancy tea party, her flair for the outrageous always seems to lead to another adventure. 


As we read these books, we will learn about how to brave the unknown, make unlikely friends, and hold on to optimism when all hope seems lost. On this journey, you will need your best smile and lightest heart! Time to set your best foot forward!


  • Recommended for: Ages 6+ / Grades 2-3 
  • Instructor: Mrs. Eve Babb
  • Day and Time: Wednesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • Duration: 4 classes
  • Dates: May 8 - 29, 2024
  • Required Materials:
    • The Year of Miss Agnes, by Kirkpatrick Hill
    • Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren


Eve Babb is a student at Southern Virginia University majoring in Business Management and Leadership. She has had a life-long passion for both British royalty and traveling. Over the years, Eve has deepened her knowledge of the British royalty’s history—palaces, pets, fashions, political policies, scandals, security, etc.—through countless documentaries, books, research, and culminating in a visit to the Mother country herself, England. When she was ten years old, she moved to Italy for two years, allowing her to travel the Western coast of Europe. Her opportunities to travel throughout Western Europe didn’t end there, and her passion for and appreciation of the different cultures of the world has led her to hope for a career in international development.


Teaching style: hands-on activities, storytelling, problem-solving activities, group discussion, explore different cultures


Student & Parent Reviews:

  • Ms. Eve is so nice and I really like having class with her. I loved making a paper bunny and learning how to write my own story. —Johnny, student
  • I am so glad that my son had Mrs. Eve as a teacher. She does a wonderful job making sure all of her students get involved and she really helps her students understand the literary themes. —Evelyn, parent
  • She is a delightful teacher! I am so happy with everything my kid has learned from her. She does a great job making sure that every student is heard and participates. Bethany, parent