Gloria's Way

Gloria's Way

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by Ann Cameron, Lis Toft
     
 

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Gloria is best friends with Julian and his little brother Huey, and she has as much to say as they do. There's the parrot that ruins the Valentine for her mother; Huey's dog, who needs to be cured of his squirrel obsession; and what happens when classmate Latisha tricks Gloria, Julian, and Huey-but they don't know until it's too late! Fans of Ann Cameron's

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Gloria is best friends with Julian and his little brother Huey, and she has as much to say as they do. There's the parrot that ruins the Valentine for her mother; Huey's dog, who needs to be cured of his squirrel obsession; and what happens when classmate Latisha tricks Gloria, Julian, and Huey-but they don't know until it's too late! Fans of Ann Cameron's best-selling chapter books about Julian and Huey will love Gloria, too.

"This is where peace begins-in an ordinary neighborhood where children learn to address their problems with the help of wise adults who offer them good counsel while respecting the children enough to let them work out their own solutions . . . . Sparkles with humor." (The Horn Book)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These easy-to-digest vignettes narrated by the affable and resourceful friend of Huey and Julian Bates (who each star in their own series of books) go down like comfort food. The volume offers swift, palpable solutions to a girl's everyday problems. Six self-contained chapters show how Gloria deals with frustrations over friends, school and her career-oriented parents. Toft's engaging chapter openers and full-page drawings cover the range of Gloria's many moods and her winning personality. While the book remains focused on the under-10 crowd--and the author captures the cadences of their conversation perfectly--adults play an important role, too. The parents step in, without seeming intrusive, like guardian angels to smooth out life's little wrinkles. When an agitated parrot ruins the valentine Gloria made for her mother, for instance, patient Mr. Bates plants just enough ideas to help her start a new one. In answer to another, more serious matter, Gloria's mother offers sage advice when Gloria fears that Julian likes their new neighbor better than her. Cameron (The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods) conveys the benefits of effort and high self-esteem while stressing the importance of mothers and fathers taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in their children's lives. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
After appearing as Julian Bate's best friend in many of Cameron's other stories, the author finally gives Gloria six stories of her own. All are told in the first person with warmth and insight. Each reveals another facet of this creative, sensitive, and caring young girl. Readers will sympathize with Gloria when a "pain-in-the-neck" parrot tomato bombs the beautiful Valentine she made for her mother. When she's tricked into making a bet she can't win or when fractions seem like a huge rock in the road that she can't get around, readers will understand. They'll also learn, along with Gloria, that some promises should be broken; obsession can be dangerous, and you always have to be your own best friend. 2000, Frances Foster Books/ Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 5 to 8, $15.00. Reviewer: Ellen R. Braaf—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This beginning chapter book features six stories about Gloria Jones, a friend of Julian and Huey Bates, who were first introduced in The Stories Julian Tells (Pantheon, 1981). In the first story, Gloria hangs the valentine she made for her mother on the front door and it blows away, landing at the bottom of a parrot's cage in a neighbor's yard. Mr. Bates comes to the child's rescue and helps her find material to make a new one. In another story, the friends help train Huey's dog. In the last story, Gloria's father helps her understand fractions and to see that all children and adults face obstacles or "rocks in the road." While some of the situations are improbable, especially Gloria's valentine blowing into the bottom of a giant parrot cage, and all of the parental figures are too good to be true, this book will find an audience with children who like reassuring stories. Fans of this series will not be disappointed.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Karen Carden
While not sentimental, these stories brim with the innocence and emotion that will make youngsters say, "That's just how I feel!" Adulths with keen memories may find themselves thinking, "That's just how I felt."
The Christian Science Monitor

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142300237
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Chapter, Puffin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
404,145
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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