A Library of the School of EducationDPIUW-Madison School Of EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUW-Madison LibraryUW-Madison Catalog
About the CCBC
Authors and Illustrators
Recommended Books for Children and Young Adults
CCBC Calendar and Events
CCBC Podcasts
CCBC Publications
Intellectual Freedom

Support the CCBC
Support the CCBC
Are you a...K-12 TeacherLibrarianEarly Childhood Care ProviderUW Student / Faculty

The John Hancock Club

by Louise Borden
Illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Published by Margaret K. McElderry, 2007
48 pages
ISBN: 1416918132

Ages 6-9

For many children, learning to write in cursive is something they eagerly anticipate. As the school year starts, however, new third grader Sean McFerrin is nervous. School is hard work for Sean, and cursive is one more worry—what if he can’t do it? Luckily, Sean has a terrific teacher—one who keeps him fully engaged from the first day. When Mrs. Tovani finally does start teaching Sean and his classmates cursive, she emphasizes the importance of practice and offers an intriguing incentive—the promise of induction into the “John Hancock Club.” Sean soon has favorites among the letters he’s learning as he works toward mastering the lowercase and uppercase alphabets. In the meantime, he and his classmates are also learning about John Hancock and the Declaration of Independence in preparation for the day when Mrs. Tovani announces they are ready to sign their names—with quill and ink no less—as newest members of the John Hancock Club. Louise Borden captures the realistic anxiety and ultimate pride of a child for whom things don’t always come easily, as well as the excitement of a classroom working toward a common goal in this engaging story.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

book cover
Book of the Week

In accordance with the UW-Madison Accessibility Policy, this site makes every effort to comply with the World Wide Web standards defined in the Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508, specifically subsections 1194.22 and subsection 1194.31. If you need additional resources or have any questions or concerns about this site, please contact the site administrator for more information.
UW crest