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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Julian's Glorious Summer

    ISBN 0394891171 - Any book that wins the Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year gets my attention and Julian's Glorious Summer took that prize in 1988. The lesson of Julian's story is one that all parents can appreciate. Julian's summer takes a nosedive from the beginning, when his best friend Gloria rides up on her bicycle. She thinks it's great - he thinks it's scary. Not that he's about to say that! Instead, when Gloria invites him over to her house, Julian claims that his father will be forcing him to work day and night for the entire summer. His lie snowballs and, perhaps worse, his father seems to think this is a good idea and puts Julian to work immediately. One day, however, the work runs out - it's payday and Julian is in for yet another surprise this summer. The back cover says Reading Level 2.8. This book is a nice way for a kid to learn how lying can backfire, but at the same time Julian ends up with quite a payoff for his lies, so the lesson can be a little vague and might merit further discussion. Julian's fear of riding a bike is not uncommon and might help your child face his or her own fear - of bikes or anything else. The illustrations, by Dora Leder, are black and white pencil sketches and the lack of the vibrant colors usually found in books for very young readers is a positive here, because they don't distract from the text but enhance it. Race is most certainly not an issue in this story, but it might be worth knowing for some that the characters are black (it's never said, just in the images). This might make the book even more appealing to black families who have, in my reading experience so far, been under-represented in childrens' books. Julian's summer is glorious, the book is all right and the messages in it are worthwhile. - AnnaLovesBooks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    Five Stars for a Good Book! Julian┬┐s Glorious Summer

    Julian is a fibber. Julian said he wants to work instead of play with Gloria because he¿s afraid to ride a bike. Gloria rides her bike by herself. Julian told Gloria that his dad made him work so he could not play with her. Julian told his dad he wants to work to save money for a racecar. I liked this book because it was fun to read because it was about kids riding bikes. I remember when I was afraid to ride my bike. If Julian had training wheels on his bike he wouldn¿t feel so worried because he wouldn¿t tip over because training wheels keep you up. He wouldn¿t be a fibber because he would be happy to ride a bike instead of telling a lot of fibs. I don¿t think that Gloria and Julian were best friends because when he said I want to work instead of play with you, it hurt her feelings. Risa 3rd grade

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    Posted January 18, 2013

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