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Lola Levine Is NOT Mean!

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Title:   Lola Levine Is NOT Mean!
Author:   Monica Brown
Series:    I think it will be called Lola Levine, but am not sure
Recommended for:   kids in grades 2-4 for independent reading.  It works best as a read-aloud for grades 1-3, although it could probably used for kindergarten and fourth grade classes.
Pages:   88 pages
Call Number/Link:   J FICTION BROWN, M.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.

Comments:

Lola Levine is half Hispanic and half Jewish.  She has many opinions, communicates best in writing and loves to play soccer.  Sometimes she is too aggressive a competitor during recess soccer games.  One day she injures her classmate Juan when playing goalie at recess.  The other kids in her class nickname her Mean Lola Levine.

Lola has one best friend in her class, Josh.  The other kids, especially some mean girls, are not friendly (or even pleasant) to her.  But Lola primarily focuses on having one good friend.  She doesn’t spend an excessive amount of time talking or thinking about the mean girls.

I can imagine Lola being good friends with Clementine, Ramona,, Judy Moody and other feisty females.  I think her books will appeal to kids who enjoy those series.

 

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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Juv, Realistic

 

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Rosa and the Water Pony

rosaTitle: Rosa and the Water Pony
Author: Katy Kit
Series: Mermaid Mysteries
Recommended for: 1st-3rd grade
Pages: 91
Call Number/Link:  J KIT

Synopsis:  Mermaid Bay’s annual carnival is here, and the best performance at the parade will win a pretty pearl necklace! For the mermaids’ act, Rosa plans to perform amazing tricks on the back of a magical water pony. But the pony is stolen! Is someone trying to ruin the friends’ chance of winning?

The beauty of this book is not in its writing.  It is not a feat of literary genius nor is the plot riveting for adults.  However, this book pushes all the right buttons for kids who are just starting chapter books.  It is long enough to be a chapter book without being overwhelming.  There are lots of line drawings to break up the text.  The cast of mermaids is multicultural, and the plot is easy to follow.

I wanted to add this book to the blog so that I could remember the title, as I recommend it frequently to parents and children.  This is the first short chapter book that Bethany was willing to read independently–VERY high interest.  David asked if the book was written by a 6 year old girl, because it has mermaids!  princesses! horses! jewels! adventures!  Don’t ask me why they have a pony underwater–just come along for the ride.  I recommend this for kids who are just starting chapter books and anyone looking for mermaid stories.  The only downside–no glitter on the cover.  They missed a big marketing ploy there!  🙂

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Juv, Mysteries, Readers

 

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