# A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

## Contents

page 1 of 3

#### Chapter 21

Although school is a mean place, Francie still enjoys it, especially because of twoteachers, who each come once a week: Mr. Morton, who teaches music, and Miss Bernstone, whoteaches drawing. All the teachers dress nicely the days Mr. Morton comes; he is a jolly man who made good music fun and accessible. The teachers are all jealous of Mrs.Bernstone, who is beautiful and does not spend all her nights alone. Both these teacherslove the poor, unwashed children better than the cared-for ones. The narrato r says schoolwould have been pure heaven if all teachers were like these two.

#### Chapter 22

Francie learns to read. She all at once sees words on the page, instead of just sounds, anddecides she will read a book a day as long as she lives. Francie also makes a game out ofarithmetic, imagining each number as a member of a family. The numbers th at are theeasiest in terms of arithmetic are the nice family members. When she has a number with manydigits, she imagines those family members together. In this way, Francie puts arithmeticinto human terms.

#### Chapter 23

Francie goes out walking one fall day, and ends up in a beautiful neighborhood with no tenements. Eventually, she happens upon a school, made of old brick, with grass and a field across from it. She decides that this is the school she wants to go to, and

waits for her father to get home to ask him about it. He promises to go with her to see it the next day.

This unfamiliar neighborhood is filled with families who have lived in America for five and six generations, unlike Francie's neighborhood, in which few people can say that they themselves were born in the United States. Francie's teacher at one point ask

ed the children their lineage. Francie impressed the whole class, as she was the only one whose parents were not born in another country.

Test Your Understanding with the Chatpers 21–24 Quiz

Take a quiz on this section
Test Your Understanding with the Chatpers 21–24 Quiz

TAKE THE QUIZ
+
#

#### CHATPERS 21–24 QUIZ

What does Mr. Morton teach?
History
Gym
Test Your Understanding with the Chatpers 21–24 Quiz
TAKE THE QUIZ

+
TAKE THE QUIZ

Previous Next

### by jessiedude64, July 22, 2012

Mr. Seigler
-owns a cheap, dry-goods store

16 out of 46 people found this helpful

### by sidneywright, July 11, 2015

This book has touched me in so many ways. Im speechless!

1 out of 1 people found this helpful

### by LeonMcMillen, August 08, 2017

My experience with essay services has generally been very positive. I requested a writer from

to write my English essay on Jane Eyre because I was really short on time (that week my family had to move houses unexpectedly and I had no time whatsoever to sit down at a computer and do work.) Needless to say the services were good and my essay was done really quickly. The writer that I picked followed directions well. Of course, if you can do it yourself, th... Read more