Best Teacher in Second Grade (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2)

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With a nudge from Mr. Hopper, Luna shares her idea with the class—which just might save the Family Night program.

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With a nudge from Mr. Hopper, Luna shares her idea with the class—which just might save the Family Night program.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Carter’s colorful illustrations show the classroom play with the best teacher there in the background.”
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Luna has transferred into a new school in the middle of the year. She was concerned, but happily, her teacher Mr. Hopper was wonderful. The two share a common interest—the sky. Luna (great name choice) writes poems, decorates her room, and is just fascinated with anything that has to do with the stars and planets. When the class learns that they are supposed to put on a program for parent's night, Luna suggests a show about the night sky, but the idea gets twisted and it ends up that the kids will put on a circus. All of the ideas that Luna has relate to the sun, stars, and constellations. She is beginning to feel that her classmates think she is a little strange, so she decides to get rid of all her star and constellation pictures. Later in the week, the students in her class learn that another class is also putting on a circus and that they will not be the standouts that they had hoped to be. Readers will enjoy how Luna comes to the rescue and basks in the praise. A Level 2 book in the "I Can Read!" series.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Mr. Hopper's class is planning for Family Night, and Luna suggests a Midnight Circus, a celebration perfectly attuned to her own passion for planets and stars. Instead, her classmates embrace the idea of a traditional circus, dividing into groups of lions, tigers, and bears, while Luna grows even more single-minded in her celestial fascination. As a new student, she has experienced some anxiety; now her adjustment is further compromised as classmates are confused by her obsession. When the second graders are forced to make a sudden program change, Mr. Hopper rallies the children around Luna's creative idea to bring the Midnight Circus to Room 75. On Family Night Luna is beaming, her sense of validation and acceptance reflected back to her wise and gentle teacher. By clearly evoking the discomfort and quirky behavior of the new kid in class, this story offers great discussion possibilities. It is a typical leveled reader with short sentences and chapters and an ample number of engaging cartoon drawings. However, the character development and opportunity for inferential thinking make it more substantial than many books of this type.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This Level 2 reader in the I Can Read series reinvigorates the theme of travail and triumph for the new kid in class. Luna loves stars and planets, but her initial elation with the like-minded Mr. Hopper turns to despondence: Her new classmates find her passion for astronomy odd. During class planning for Family Night, Luna suggests a show about the night sky, since (with shooting comets and animal-shaped constellations) it's "like a midnight circus." The kids are enthusiastic instead about a circus theme: Luna's "good idea had come and gone, just like a shooting star." A lunch-line conversation reveals-horrors!-that Mrs. Mudlark's class is also busy planning a circus. Luna's notion is revived, and after the successful show, she "beamed like the sun." Kenah makes a sparkling array of similes and metaphors accessible to primary students, a nifty feat within the constraints of the reader format. Carter's cheery watercolors extend the apt school details, depicting a multicultural classroom with several biracial children, including Luna herself. A school story that shines. (Easy reader. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060535667
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 136,707
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Kenah's Family Favorite is her grandmother's grandmother's brownies. The recipe for these delicious, fudgy-rich treats has been passed down for generations. Besides these delightful easy readers about Room 75, Katharine has written The Dream Shop, Eggs Over Easy, and many exciting nonfiction books for children. She lives with her family in Granville, Ohio.

Abby Carter loves to bake—especially blueberry pie, her Family Favorite. When she's not making a racket in the kitchen, she stays busy illustrating many beautiful picture books and early readers. Abby lives with her family in Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012


    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Best book

    This book is a great book. I would like to give this to my 2 gtade teacher beause this was true thing. But back to the book u little will ne in love with this book so enjoy littles childrens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2007

    The Best Teacher in Second Grade

    The Best Teacher in Second Grade written by Katharine Kenah(pictures by Abby Carter) is a charming book for children(ages4-6). It is the story of a new kid in school named Luna. She feels left out until she discovers she has something in common with the teacher. They both love the sky. Luna's idea of a 'midnight circus' helps her to be accepted by her classmates when they need help. This is a good book for all children, but it would be especially helpful for new students. This would be a great book for new readers. It has simple sentences, and the pictures are fun and colorful.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012


    It was a great book!

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