Gloria's Way

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By the author of The Secret Life of Amanda K Woods and The Stories Julian Tells

In six spirited stories, Gloria has a confrontation with a loquacious parrot; helps Julian and Huey train their dog and cure him of his squirrel obsession; faces her fear of fractions; and learns that some promises shouldnt be kept, some bets arent fair, and, most important, you cant put a measuring stick to friendship. Ann Cameron's stories about brothers Huey and Julian have captured the hearts of ...

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Overview

By the author of The Secret Life of Amanda K Woods and The Stories Julian Tells

In six spirited stories, Gloria has a confrontation with a loquacious parrot; helps Julian and Huey train their dog and cure him of his squirrel obsession; faces her fear of fractions; and learns that some promises shouldnt be kept, some bets arent fair, and, most important, you cant put a measuring stick to friendship. Ann Cameron's stories about brothers Huey and Julian have captured the hearts of millions of readers, and Julian's best friend, Gloria, has joined them on every adventure. Now Gloria gets to have her own adventures, with Julian and Huey along for the ride! Presenting truly lovable characters engaged in situations that are immediate and fresh, these stories are perfect for reading aloud or alone.

Gloria shares special times with her mother and father and with her friends Julian, Huey, and Latisha.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 253,124
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Cameron is the author of many books for children, including The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods (a National Book Award Finalist) and four other books about Gloria, Julian, and Huey that have sold over half a million copies. She lives in Guatemala, Central America.

Lis Toft lives in England on the Isle of Wight.

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