The Blue Ribbon Day

The Blue Ribbon Day

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by Katie Couric, Marjorie Priceman, Katherine Couric
     
 

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Everybody’s a star, a brilliant creation.
The trouble is finding the right constellation!

Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O’Toole, the winning pair of friends from The Brand New Kid, are back in a new adventure. Ellie and Carrie decide to try out for the school team in their favorite sport, soccer. But when only one of the girls is selected, the

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Everybody’s a star, a brilliant creation.
The trouble is finding the right constellation!

Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O’Toole, the winning pair of friends from The Brand New Kid, are back in a new adventure. Ellie and Carrie decide to try out for the school team in their favorite sport, soccer. But when only one of the girls is selected, the inseparable pair faces a challenge(what do you say when your best friend is terribly disappointed?

But while some disappointments can’t be avoided, Carrie learns (with some help from her mother and her old friend Lazlo) that while she may not be good at everything, she has undiscovered talents waiting to bloom, if she has the courage to try something new.

For every reader who has ever set his or her heart on joining a sports team, getting a part in the school play, or winning a class election, and been let down, Katie Couric’s reassuring and inspiring story gives a charming lesson in confidence.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The creators of The Brand New Kid bring back best friends Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O'Toole in this reassuring if clich -riddled tale about dealing with disappointment and discovering one's special talent. After the pals spy a sign announcing tryouts for the school soccer team, "Carrie said, `Great! Hey, let's give it a whirl!/ I'd love to be known as a cool soccer girl!' " In rhymed couplets that range from amusing to corny, the narrative describes the tryouts and the sobering results for Ellie, who fails to make the team. Her mother consoles her, yet delivers a muddled message ("Her mom said, `Don't worry, I know you are sad,/ but you couldn't feel good if you never felt bad' "). Luckily, Ellie excels in academia, teaming up with her lab partner (the no-longer brand-new kid, Lazlo) to enter a project in the science fair. Readers will be pleased though hardly surprised that both girls earn their equivalent of a blue ribbon. Priceman's signature bright hues and whimsical flourishes inject some spirit into the spot and full-bleed illustrations, but the plot does not offer her an opportunity to exhibit her usual range here. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In their latest outing (after Couric's successful The Brand New Kid), Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O'Toole wish they'd been picked for the soccer team. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385501422
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/19/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

KATIE COURIC has been a coanchor of NBC News’s Today since 1991, and in that position she has covered a variety of national and international events and fascinating people. She is also a contributing anchor for the newsmagazine Dateline NBC. Couric has received a number of prestigious awards, including six Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award for her series “Confronting Colon Cancer,” a subject for which she is a major spokesperson and advocate. A native of Arlington, Virginia, she lives in New York with her two daughters.

MARJORIE PRICEMAN is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Her work includes Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, a Caldecott Honor book; Emeline at the Circus, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, an ALA Notable Book and Reading Rainbow Featured Selection; It’s Me, Marva; Princess Picky; and My Nine Lives by Clio. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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