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!


  • Minimum recommended age: 6 
  • Instructor: Ms Eve Babb
  • Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • 4 classes
  • May 3, 10 17, 24