"Carolyn, a second grader, is confident, funny, good at skateboarding... and really struggles with cursive writing. She even gets to school early to get a head start practicing her daily cursive assignments. She tries and tries, but is convinced that her cursive writing will never be as neat, as perfect, as Stacey Coolidge's.
"Mrs. Thompson knows that Carolyn is frustrated and wants to help. A good teacher, she explains to Carolyn that cursive handwriting is simply a tool and that writing is really about ideas and creativity. And although Mrs. Thompson encourages Carolyn to keep practicing, she gently instructs Carolyn to cultivate her strengths and not let her struggles define her. A good lesson for all."
"From Mrs. Thompson, the teacher, to Frederick, the class guinea pig, everything about second grade seems good to Carolyn. But when the class starts practicing the slants and curves of cursive writing, she finds it difficult and her happiness evaporates. Detailing her frustrations and contrasting her struggles with a classmate's easy success, this picture book reflects experiences familiar to many young students. Carolyn's sympathetic teacher puts things in perspective, telling her that when it comes to writing, ideas and emotions are much more important than slants and curves. Designed to encourage children, books in the Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series tell stories of students who struggle in some respects, while excelling in others. Bright with colorful washes, the cartoonlike drawings clearly express the characters emotions. Given the pressure to introduce cursive writing to younger students, this picture book will resonate with a growing number of children."