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My wife teaches elementary school and I’ve been in to visit a few times.

One of the things that impresses me most is her ability to hold a book one-handed, read it aloud while showing it to the class, and perform it so enthusiastically that her students can’t help but pay attention. It got me thinking about how I could use this overlooked experience that we all share in a cartoon.

I let it sort of marinate in my head for a few days, but couldn’t quite figure out how to do it until I was reading to our own children the familiar ending “…and they all lived happily ever after.” Then it all fell into place for the above cartoon.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

4 Reactions
  1. I never thought of that! You’re right, the ability to hold a book one-handed is a serious skill that I now admire. Plus, you have to read the thing at a distance and keep the ever-roving eye on the kids to shush the troublemakers in class.

  2. How does she turn the pages?

  3. Andy, you have join the Union before they tell you the secret of one-handed page turning!

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