Best Teacher in Second Grade (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2)by Katharine Kenah, Abby Carter
With a nudge from the teacher, a little girl shares her idea of a midnight circus with the rest of Room 75—and saves the Family Night show!
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotLuna 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 interestthe 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 JournalK-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 ReviewsThis 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)
ALA Booklist“Carter’s colorful illustrations show the classroom play with the best teacher there in the background.”
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date:
- I Can Read Book 2 Series
- Sold by:
- NOOK Book
- Sales rank:
- 560L (what's this?)
- File size:
- 20 MB
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- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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