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~"To Sir, With Love" is a rare teaching story that compares with "Lean against the Wind."~

Updated on October 31, 2014

Sidney Poitier was the caring teacher in the British film.

This film cost $600,000 and was a box office hit that brought in over $42 Million making it one of the most profitable movies ever.
This film cost $600,000 and was a box office hit that brought in over $42 Million making it one of the most profitable movies ever. | Source
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Part one of Seeds from Heaven
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Special Needs Children are a Joy

Anyone who has been around Special kids understands what a joy they are to have around. Has anyone written a book about special ed. people at all? I’ve have viewed a few TV shows over the last three decades and only one came close. It told a tale where a teacher organized a music review with her students and took it around the world. Cool!

Other than the cute teen movies about boy/girl relationships designed to appeal to teens, few serious books approach the subject. “To Sir, With Love” and “Up the down Staircase” come to mind. Reading these now, they seem dated and “To Sir, With Love” was very British—somewhat stuffy.

“Lean against the Wind” is a five star reading experience for general readers, suitable for young people too. Most anyone with a special member in the family will want to read this novelette. It will bring the reader closer to understanding them. Senior citizens will enjoy this too as much of the story involves a senior who is up against a gang of shysters who steal his estate. This part of the story is torn from today’s headlines.

Take a peek at some of the reviews, give it a read, and then add your own review. Thanks for stopping by. RJ

Purchase Lean against the Wind at Amazon.

Critcal Reviews of Fantasy books by Jenny (including Lean against the Wind & Watchdogg)



Available in Paperback, eBook, and Large Print

RJ talks about the characters in "Lean against the Wind."

To Sir With Love and Lulu Sings the Title Song

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      Reynold Jay 23 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you Billy. You put a smile on my face.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the suggestion. I was a teacher for twenty years and I will definitely check it out.

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      Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Yep--and Lulu sang the song too. I haven't seen it in years, however it is firmly implated in my brain! Thanks for stopping by and the comment.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      To Sir With Love is my favorite movie of all time! Glad you incorporated the title in your piece! Voted up!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Gail, and thank you for that review! I took a look at all your reviews at Amazon and can can see you enjoy all kinds of reading, even vampire novels! I do appreciate the five stars and the support you have given a fellow HUBBER.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I purchased the Kindle version of "Lean Against the Wind" a few days ago and have just finished writing a 5 star review on Amazon.com. This book was a heartwarming and inspiring read and held my attention from the very first page straight through to the end.

      Anyone who has a "special" family member or works with this population, or has benefited in their own lives from a dedicated teacher will love reading about Raymond Lancaster and his students at Jefferson Special School. And the subplot about the senior citizen scam artists added another layer of depth to the book. I would highly recommend purchasing a copy of the book to other hubbers who have enjoyed the above mentioned hubs about some of the book's characters.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      It is best for the author not to divulge various aspects of his writing. Ambiguity rules. However, I am always interested in what readers would say about it.

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      PoweroftheCross 6 years ago from Above and Beyond...

      Lean against the wind..I love all your titles. Titles are very important. How on earth does one lean against the wind? Ah! we must get your book to find out...Great Hub here my friend.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      You have no reason to tell an untruth! Your comments match what I hear from my niece, Melissa. Yep--not much fear these days.

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Tell your niece she has all the empathy she could possibly need from me! Things have definitely changed since you and I were young! Second-graders were still afraid of their teachers--and their parents!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I have a niece who resides here and subs ( because she can't get a job)She has a elementary certificate and a day with 2nd graders was all she could take! She wants fouth or fifth grade. She still tells hair raising stories of her day with the 2nd graders.My stint was 45 years ago!

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Has its moments, but even the 'cut-n-paste crowd' (as I call K-2) has changed! One day of 'em and I went to high schoolers: think they only get dropped from heaven one or two at a time these days--not in packs of 25 or more!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Sub work is a lot of work. I did a short stint of that when I was working my way through college and I can still remember some the great kids and teachers I ran across. I did find a group of second graders that must have dropped in from heaven one day! Wonderful!

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      I'm w/Rachelle. If nothing else, you've chosen an excellent title for such a story, and since I sub teach high school in a large metro area, I will be able to relate! Wish I had it in me to work full-time again--I might try teaching. Never wanted to, but even substituting for 7 yrs has brought a lot of experiences and satisfaction.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Rachelle, IF you have any problem hunting this down, please write to me and I can see that you get your copy. The book is in the process of world wide distribution, and whether it is a Nook item yet, I would not know. RJ

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      Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      To Sir With Love, is one of my favorites. Lean Against the Wind sounds like an interesting read...is it available on Nook? I'm going to check to see right now.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I do know that all of these do not come close to my work and that is one of the reasons I wrote the book. I do remember that there wasn't much of a story to it other than the students were lethargic until the teacher got involved in their lives. In my story the students are great although they have many defects. They want help and the teacher is there to bring them to their full potential. It reads very differently. RJ

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Like you, I don't remember the book as well as the movie--but even the movie could be used to bring on some thoughts/ideas/etc. At least kids seem more willing to watch a movie than read a book!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I'd need to go back and re-read it to be sure. I must have read it about the time the movie came out and I remember that I was not that impressed with it. If there are other serious books about teaching out there, I'm not aware of it, but I bet there are. I do know the Hallmark station has run a few movies over the years. One about a teacher dropped into the Bayou swamps comes to mind. "Goodby Mr. Chips" may well have been one of the best, but here we go with that "British" side of things again. RJ

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Now that you mention it, Reynold, I'm slightly surprised that it isn't in most school media centers. To Sir would be an excellent "old classic" to include. I certainly don't want in politics anywhere, but as a lowly (if creative) substitute, I've come up w/several ideas for some areas--your reminding me of that classic gets added to my list!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Yep. It has been many years since its release. It was a big deal then, and seldom seen anywhere now. RJ

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      angie ashbourne 6 years ago

      Hi! Reynold

      Good Hub! When I was a teenager, I saw the movie To Sir, With Love. Angie

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Ddraigkoch--I took a look at the Harry Brown video ad and I know I would enjoy this. Thank you for posting the link!!! I love Michael Caine. It's not anything like "Lean against the Wind."

      Teylina--I know what you are going through from what you describe. Thank you for the positive commetns. RJ

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Me, too. Got to keep up w/this because I often work with kids who are challenged and, as a senior w/a couple of brain injuries, I've discovered I can be quite 'challenging' as well as 'challenged' in many ways! I appreciated what you had to say about 'To Sir, With Love' RJ, and have every intention of tracking down 'The Carrot and Publishing Your Novel' - now I've a movie to check out!

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      Hope you do not mind. I took the liberty to find this for you. I always find this place great for movie information. I hope you do enjoy the film if you watch it. It is fantastically brave.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289406/

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I'll take a look. You have me curious as I'm trying to imagine M Caine being in a similar story. RJ

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      Sounds like a fabulous read. I am economising but will bear this in mind when I treat myself. I love old and stuffy nostalgia. I think you would love Harry Brown starring Michael Caine as Harry Brown. Fabulous story about a seemingly vulnerable old man with spirit.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you for the comment, Teylina!! RJ

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Good write--and needed! Thanks.