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Mary Had a Little Glam

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Title:   Mary Had a Little Glam
Author:   Tammi Sauer
Series:   —
Recommended for:   Kids ages 4-8
Pages:   26 unnumbered pates
Call Number/Link:  E SAUER, T.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Mary had a little glam that grew into a lot. And everywhere that Mary went, she wasn’t hard to spot. But on the day she started school, she caught some by surprise. Sweet Mary shrugged and hugged her mom. “I must accessorize.”‘ –Page 4 of dust jacket.

Comments:

This fun variant of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” has Mary the fashionista starting kindergarten. Her classmates were other nursery rhyme characters that children could have fun identifying.  I think kids would need to be at least 4 to understand the humor, and the book would probably work best for students in grades K-2.  It would be a good classroom readaloud, and also work well for independent reading.  I can also imagine it being used for a comparative nursery rhyme project for older students and even college students taking Children’s Lit.

 

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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books

 

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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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