A Pony Named Shawney. P.

INFO: Small, Mary. A Pony Named Shawney. P. 1997.

DESC: A boy in a wheelchair befriends a horse and learns to ride with the help of his neighbors.

TAGS: East Franklin, P, friendship, sharing, horses, handicap, dreams, fiction, Level P, Papa


The Relatives Came. K.

INFO: Rylant, Cynthia. The Relatives Came. K. 1985

DESC: When the relatives show up for a visit, this family’s life changes quite a bit. Space is crowded and everyone must learn to share. 

TAGS: relatives, visiting, family, sharing K, Richard Avenue

Jamaica and Brianna. K.

INFO: Havill, Juanita. Jamaica and Brianna. K. 1993.

DESC: Jamaica and Brianna is a classic tale of friendship, fashion, envy, struggle and kindness in elementary school. Jamaica is embarassed to have to wear her brother’s hand-me-down boots to school, while her friend Brianna has fancy white-muffed pink ‘girl’ boots. Jamaica complains – and tears a hole in her brother’s boots – until she finally gets new ones. She rubs her awesome new boots in Brianna’s face – until a surprise ending brings her down to earth, and helps the girls remember their friendship. This is a great and meaningful book for students working up from F&P readers – its themes are real, deep, and resonant, and the characters and situations familiar.

TAGS: girls, friendship, fashion, envy, hand-me-downs, jealousy, kindness, sharing, independence, K

Arthur Rocks with BINKY. M.

INFO: Brown, Marc. Arthur Rocks with BINKY. M. 1998.
DESC: Arthur and the Gang’s favorite band, BINKY, is coming to town! As tickets run scarce, everyone’s daydreams run wild, and the whole gang tries to imagine the best
ways to get close to BINKY. With a surprise ending and a good lesson on friendship and sharing, this book is sure to resonate with 2nd and 3rd graders in the age of big pop sensations!
TAGS: arthur, arthur books, friendship, rock bands, music, concerts, celebrities, siblings, parents, sharing, generosity, fame, M