by Moira Fain
New York: Walker and Company, 1996
This is an older picture book (1996) that I came across at my local library, but it is definitely one worth checking out. Sr. Agatha Ann was the "toughest teacher in the whole school" and Maggie has gotten into trouble with her. As punishment, she needs to write a poem and read it in front of the class. Unable to complete the assignment, she goes to bed scared, but then she gets a reprieve. The next day is a snow day and there is no school! She and her siblings take off to go sledding, but who should be there but Sr. Agatha Ann. They end up sledding together and Sister inspires her to write. This is a beautiful story about a Catholic sister cultivating the gift of poetry in a child. Set in 1961, it will appeal to anyone who has gone to Catholic school with the "nuns."