Little Miss and I read The Year of Miss Agnes for history/literature in September and the beginning of October and loved it. We had started it at the end of last school year but over the summer we forgot the parts we had read so we started it again this year.
This book opened our eyes to the lives of Native American tribes in Alaska in the 40s and 50s. The book takes place in a fishing village that struggles to employ teachers for their children because many of the teachers don’t understand the culture and aren’t a fan of smelling fish all the time.
Because the teachers who come don’t really know how to work with children whose parents pull them out to help with chores and fishing and who eat a lot of fish, the children haven’t actually been receiving a good education and don’t until Miss Agnes arrives.
Miss Agnes is an anomaly for these children. She’s taught in small fishing villages before, she doesn’t use books or traditional ways of teaching but instead approaches learning in a more Montessori way by matching each child’s learning style with her teaching style.
The book is narrated by Fred, or Fredericka, a 10-year-old girl whose father has passed away and lives with her grandparents, mother, and deaf older sister.
The story captured me from beginning to end and I don’t know if it is because I am getting old and sentimental or what but I ended up in a good cry at the end.
I definitely recommend this book for children from age five to ten and even for adults.
It’s a quick read, but it took a while for Little Miss and me to finish it due to interruptions, life events, and other subjects we needed to study.
*disclaimer: I am not an Amazon affiliate so any links to books or other products on my site doesn’t provide me with anything other than the knowledge I directed you to a good book or product. 😊