How to Survive Third Grade

How to Survive Third Grade

by Laurie Lawlor
     
 

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Ernest Clark is not exactly Lincoln School's most popular third grader. But it isn't his fault. Can he help it if he is small? Or if his mother gives him weird haircuts? No.

There must be some way to survive third grade. Making a friend would help. And Ernest sees his chance when Jomo Mugwana from Kenya -- all the way from Africa! Jomo doesn't speak English,

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Ernest Clark is not exactly Lincoln School's most popular third grader. But it isn't his fault. Can he help it if he is small? Or if his mother gives him weird haircuts? No.

There must be some way to survive third grade. Making a friend would help. And Ernest sees his chance when Jomo Mugwana from Kenya -- all the way from Africa! Jomo doesn't speak English, but he seems to like Ernest. The other kids aren't easy on Ernest and Jomo, though. So it's several months before they become friends. And by that time, something so wonderful has happened to Ernest that everyone wants to be his friend.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ernest, who is small for his age, suffers peer pressure at school; he's ridiculed, bullied and friendless. His hardworking mother hasn't replaced or repaired last year's ripped raincoat and Ernest is obliged to wear frayed hand-me-downs. He finds relief from his grim ordeal of third-grade life in his model airplanes: he builds jets, bombers, gliders, prop planesa basement full of models (how his mother can afford to support such a relatively expensive hobby is not explained). Enter Jomo Mugwana, a new third-grader from Kenya, to whom Ernest reaches out in friendship. When Ernest unexpectedly wins a prize, he risks being publicly humiliated by asking Jomo to share it with him. Readers will wish there were easier ways to survive peer rejection than through the improbability of winning a contest, but the messages about standing up to bullies and taking risks for friendship come through clearly. Ages 8-10. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807534335
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
07/01/1988
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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