Miss Caroline seemed unaware that the ragged, denim-shirted and floursack-skirted first grade, most of whom had chopped cotton and fed hogs from the time they were able to walk, were immune to imaginative literature.

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 2. Scout’s teacher Miss Caroline doesn’t know her students. She reads them stories about animals talking and doing human activities which are boring to youngsters who experience the harsh realities of farm life every day.