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FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY

Author: Julianne Moore

Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

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Publisher: Bloomsbury,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Meet a seven-year-old girl who is almost like everyone else. Her red hair and freckles set her apart from her friends. When it becomes an issue for them, it's an issue for her, too. Since she can't get rid of them and she can't hide them, the youngster must learn to live with her freckles. This is a picture book that reminds us that being different is what makes us alike.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, easy reader, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read to a class of second graders.

Young Reader Reaction: Overall, the reaction of the class was positive.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the story. It had a few interesting "twists," like how a very young child reacted to the girl's freckles.

Pros: The story offers a good way to address the issue of "being different" and how a child might deal with that situation.

Cons: The illustrations were just Okay, not great. The color was somewhat "washed out."

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Although the issues raised by the book are important I think the only one who will read this book over and over is a teacher who might wish to use it with his/her classes every year.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I WISH I HAD FRECKLES LIKE ABBY / QUISEIERA TENER PECAS COMO ABBY   HOKEY POKEY: ANOTHER PRICKLY LOVE STORY   REGULAR LU

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, self esteem

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.




                 

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