Wood, Douglas Miss Little’s Gift, illustrated by Jim Burke. Candlewick, 2009. PICTURE BOOK. When Douglas Wood was in second grade, he had a hard time paying attention and an even harder time learning how to read. Even though he didn’t want to, his teacher, Miss Little, kept him after school every day so that they could work together on his skills. It wasn’t until he was older that Mr. Wood realized the sacrifices that Miss Little made to help one little boy learn to enjoy reading. This is the kind of book which is more a gift to a special teacher than one that children will enjoy on their own. EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.