Adventures from the Book of Virtues

Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Unknown Mar 29, 1998 on PBS

Episode Recap

Annie has volunteered to tooter a new school student, Josh, at three o'clock. She is helping him with his math. As soon as Josh arrives, he tells Annie he is not so good at fractions. As much as Annie tries helping him, Josh couldn't understand how to do equations with fractions. After one hour of struggle, Annie loses her patience. She has explained to him how to do problems with fractions over and over again. Josh leaves at once, and Annie begins to regret volunteering as a math tooter in the first place. At Plato's Peak, Zach wonders why Annie isn't at school anymore. Annie says she likes tootering, except when Josh is her student. To Annie, Josh is just so "unteachable". Josh doesn't seem to be the only one who was unteachable. Ari has been having a hard time trying to teach Sock how to roller skate. Annie feels like giving up on tootering. Plato explains to Annie that teaching involves patience. Annie says that she has been patient--well, at least for an hour. Aurora adds that patience sometimes takes some kind of effert. Hellen Keller was a girl who everyone thought was hard to teach. Plato tells Annie the true story of Hellen's life. Hellen Keller was born in Alabama in 1880. When she was just a baby, not even two years old, Hellen had a terrible illness which completely destroyed her senses of sight and hearing. She was in a world of complete darkness and silence. Five years later, before she was even seven, Hellen became a wild and unruly child. Mr. and Mrs. Keller hired a teacher from the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts. Her name was Anne M. Sullivan. Anne began to teach Hellen about how everything has a name. Anne gave Hellen a doll and spelled "d-o-l-l" in Hellen's hand. Hellen just copied the finger spelling back in Anne's hand and gave her a shove. Anne was not the sort to give up that easily. She showed Hellen another object the next day. "M-u-g", mug. It might have been a way for Hellen to ask for a drink. Hellen just through the mug on the floor, and it smashed to pieces. Anne tried again and again, but it always was the same thing. M-u-g, mug, smash! This went on for several days. Anne began to lose patience. But since Anne was partly blind herself do to an eye infection during her childhood, she understood the darkness surrounding Hellen. One day, Anne tried teaching Hellen again. Young Hellen kept trying to break things and push Anne away. But when she felt Anne spell "w-a-t-e-r" in her hand and felt the coolness of the water, Hellen began to realize that everything has a name. A part of her mind began to open which had been asleep for some time. And pretty soon, she started learning the names of everything she touched. Thanks to Anne's patience, the door to Hellen's dark and silent world was finally unlocked. The one word that was most dear to Hellen Keller's heart was "t-e-a-c-h-e-r", teacher. Zach thinks that walking without seeing is pretty hard. But not for Ari. He spends most of his time in his underground tunnels, he is used to the darkness. That's what Plato says to him. Aurora points out that moving about in the darkness is a new experience to some people and can be hard. Zach couldn't imagine not being able to see or hear at all like Hellen Keller. Hellen sure had a hard time learning, and Anne had a hard time teaching her. No one can become good at something overnight. Annie's mother is a baker. Plato asks Annie if her mother's first cake came out perfect. No, her first cake was not so successful. One time, Zach tried putting a toy car together without reading the instructions first. Zach didn't have enough patience. Annie has tried everything she could for Josh to understand fractions and he still doesn't get it. Plato lets Annie take a close look at a beattle during another story. Once upon a time in Brazil, a beattle met a monkey and a lizzard while walking. Suddenly, a rat saw just how slowly the beattle was walking. He couldn't believe her sluggish pace. "You'll never get anywhere at this rate," said the rat. The beattle told the rat that she never thought of herself as "slow". The rat's friend, a parot, suggested he'd have a race with the beattle. To sweeten the pot, the winner will get a bright colored made-to-order coat. The rat wanted his coat to be yellow with tiger stripes. The beattle wished for her coat to be as colorful as the jungle. The parot set a palm tree on the top of a cliff for the finish line. The beattle and the rat got set, and the parot started the race. The rat got a fast start, but the beattle caught up. The rat wondered why he wasn't as fast as her. On ran the rat. But when he got to the palm tree, he couldn't believe what he saw. The beattle won! The reason the beattle won is because she can fly. And since that time, the Brazillian beattle wore a beautiful golden green coat. Annie learns from the story that the rat wasn't patient enough to listen to the beattle and get to know her. Plato assures Annie that she'll find a way to get through to Josh. Plato recites the poem, The Human Touch. Listening to that poem gives Annie an idea. She goes off to help Josh "find his wings". Annie goes to appologize to Josh for being so impatient with him. It turns out, Josh isn't so good at math. However, Josh is great at art. And together, Annie and Josh work on that math problem.