The old mania shows through. This obsession with all things Beethoven only grows over time, until it becomes perhaps Schroeder's most endearing characteristic. I don't think the teacher is going to buy it as an absence excuse though.
According to Wikipedia, we're not actually sure when Ludwig Van Beethoven's birthday is, but it does say that December 16 is our best guess.
Concerning the art:
How about that jacket Charlie Brown is wearing? Is that leather? Denim? Or just (yawn) corduroy?
Those are some pretty well-thought-out poses for Schroeder on the fence there. Schulz draws him having to lift himself up to see over the fence, which is exerting, so he braces himself against his feet in a couple of ways. Very nice!
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