Our Class Pet. I.

INFO: Hastings, Jack. Our Class Pet. I. 2004.

DESC: This book follows a class as they pick out a class pet. It also shows how they take turns caring for their pet rabbit.

TAGS: class pet, rabbit, taking care of animals, responsibility, I, Richard Avenue

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Marvin Redpost: Alone in his Teacher’s House. M.

INFO: Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Alone in His Teacher’s House. M. 1994.

DESC: This installment of Sachar’s immensely likeable Marvin Redpost series starts off with a bang – one that every 2nd or 3rd grader would ogle over: our hero, Marvin Redpost, gets the chance to dog-sit for his teacher, Ms. North, while she goes out-of-town. Translation: Marvin Redpost, in his very own hand, holds the key. To his teacher’s house. The rest of the developments in this shockingly mature book come truly as surprises, and I won’t spoil them here. But, suffice it to say that this book winds up being a bit more serious, touching, and realistic than one would ever expect from a level-M early children’s book. It’s probably worth it to read, but be prepared to counsel your sad kids when it’s all said and done!

TAGS: responsibility, teachers, dogsitting, dogs, old animals, life, the circle of life, mortality, shocking surprises, guilt, fear, shame, catharsis, fiction, chapter, louis sachar, marvin redpost

Ramona Quimby, Age 8. O.

INFO: Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Quimby, Age 8. O. 1981.

DESC: Cheerful, spunky, off-beat Ramona is always a hit with our kids – she’s funny, funky, and Cleary writes her in an easy-to-identify-with, inimitable style that elementary schoolers will love. Here, Ramona bears the brunt of her great ‘responsibility’ as her mother takes on full-time work and her dad returns to college. This is a great, solid mid-level chapter book, and takes on all the big issues: school, friends, family, community, and the perils and joys of being young!

TAGS: ramona quimby, beverly cleary, family, siblings, 3rd grade, beginning of school, new school, moving, responsibility, bravery, courage, classics, chapter, fiction, O