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Strip For 090386
ID: 1085
Publication Date: 1986-09-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais welcomes the Grade One class to their first day. She asks all of the children to turn to their neighbor and shake hands, but every kid is equally terrified of the others. Too shy.
Caption: I know you just can't wait to make friends — so, to help us get acquainted, I want you all to turn to your neighbors and shake hands! No Caption
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Strip For 090686
ID: 4669
Publication Date: 1986-09-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: First day of Grade One, Miss Blais takes attendance. When she gets to Elizabeth she asks if she would like to be called Lizzie. The helpful boy sitting next to her rhymes out Dizzy, Fizzy, Tizzy, Bizzy Lizzie! Elizabeth would like to use her proper name.
Caption: I think I'd like to be called "Elizabeth."
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Strip For 102486
ID: 1097
Publication Date: 1986-10-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais catches Elizabeth using her fingers for adding two and seven. She scolds Elizabeth telling her that arithmetic is to be done in our heads. Elizabeth then tries to visualize her fingers rather than use them where the teacher can see.
Caption: No, Elizabeth. When we do our arithmetic, we don't use our fingers, we do our work in our heads. Two an' seven arre…
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Strip For 102586
ID: 1098
Publication Date: 1986-10-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais calls for a pencil check. She scolds Elizabeth for chewing on her pencils, the mark of a "Germ-Spreader!" She further embarrasses Elizabeth, who thinks that some days, you just feel like biting something.
Caption: Some days you just feel like biting something.
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Strip For 120286
ID: 1231
Publication Date: 1986-12-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais hands back homework. Good work got a scratch and sniff sticker. Elizabeth thinks she's the only one who isn't scratching and sniffing.
Caption: Everyone in the class is scratching an' sniffing but ME!!
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Strip For 120386
ID: 4724
Publication Date: 1986-12-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth didn't get a sticker on her work and asks why. Miss Blais tells her that her work needs improvement and she'll have to pull up her socks. Elizabeth takes her instructions literally.
Caption: I'd like to give you a sticker, Elizabeth, but your work needs improvement. You'll have to pull up your socks, dear. No Caption
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Strip For 021387
ID: 4763
Publication Date: 1987-02-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais tries to keep control in the classroom on Valentine's Day. After someone pours glue into her file drawer she is reduced to weeping on her desk. Elizabeth tells her friend Paula their teacher is lamenting her four years of teacher's college.
Caption: She keeps saying "four years of teacher's college... four years!!"
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Strip For 090215
ID: 13321
Publication Date: 2015-09-02
First Published On (if retro): 1986-09-03
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais welcomes the Grade One class to their first day. She asks all of the children to turn to their neighbor and shake hands, but every kid is equally terrified of the others. Too shy.
Caption: I know you just can't wait to make friends — so, to help us get acquainted, I want you all to turn to your neighbors and shake hands! No Caption
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Lynn's Notes: This is what I call the "DUHhhh moment"; that frozen space of time between, "You want me to do what?" And… "Maybe I’ll do it."

Strip For 090515
ID: 13324
Publication Date: 2015-09-05
First Published On (if retro): 1986-09-06
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: First day of Grade One, Miss Blais takes attendance. When she gets to Elizabeth she asks if she would like to be called Lizzie. The helpful boy sitting next to her rhymes out Dizzy, Fizzy, Tizzy, Bizzy Lizzie! Elizabeth would like to use her proper name.
Caption: I think I'd like to be called "Elizabeth."
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Lynn's Notes: The names in the first panel are all names of people with whom I went to elementary school.

Strip For 102315
ID: 13373
Publication Date: 2015-10-23
First Published On (if retro): 1986-10-24
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais catches Elizabeth using her fingers for adding two and seven. She scolds Elizabeth telling her that arithmetic is to be done in our heads. Elizabeth then tries to visualize her fingers rather than use them where the teacher can see.
Caption: No, Elizabeth. When we do our arithmetic, we don't use our fingers, we do our work in our heads. Two an' seven arre…
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Lynn's Notes: I had a terrible time with math. I used my fingers until I was stopped. Then I learned that if I kept my ruler on top of my desk, I could use it to help me add and subtract.

Strip For 102415
ID: 13374
Publication Date: 2015-10-24
First Published On (if retro): 1986-10-25
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais calls for a pencil check. She scolds Elizabeth for chewing on her pencils, the mark of a "Germ-Spreader!" She further embarrasses Elizabeth, who thinks that some days, you just feel like biting something.
Caption: Some days you just feel like biting something.
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Lynn's Notes: This was my grade two teacher. She actually rapped me on the head with my pencil, calling me "Germ spreader!" The thing which really got me down was that I hadn’t bitten my pencil. I liked to keep my stuff in good shape. They were my brother’s teeth marks she’d discovered.

Strip For 120115
ID: 13412
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
First Published On (if retro): 1986-12-02
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais hands back homework. Good work got a scratch and sniff sticker. Elizabeth thinks she's the only one who isn't scratching and sniffing.
Caption: Everyone in the class is scratching an' sniffing but ME!!
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Lynn's Notes: When scratch and sniff first appeared in books and magazines and other fun places, I thought it had great cartoon potential. Imagined a dog sending another dog a greeting card, which was, naturally, scratch and sniff.

Strip For 120215
ID: 13413
Publication Date: 2015-12-02
First Published On (if retro): 1986-12-03
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth didn't get a sticker on her work and asks why. Miss Blais tells her that her work needs improvement and she'll have to pull up her socks. Elizabeth takes her instructions literally.
Caption: I'd like to give you a sticker, Elizabeth, but your work needs improvement. You'll have to pull up your socks, dear. No Caption
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Strip For 021216
ID: 13486
Publication Date: 2016-02-12
First Published On (if retro): 1987-02-13
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Miss Blais tries to keep control in the classroom on Valentine's Day. After someone pours glue into her file drawer she is reduced to weeping on her desk. Elizabeth tells her friend Paula their teacher is lamenting her four years of teacher's college.
Caption: She keeps saying "four years of teacher's college... four years!!"
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Lynn's Notes: I can’t say it enough: If it wasn’t for my teachers, I’d have been a lost soul. I owe so much to the men and women who gave me challenges and encouragement, and materials to work with. Most of all they gave confidence and a real sense of worth.


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