Just Grace Goes Green (Just Grace Series)

Just Grace Goes Green (Just Grace Series)

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by Charise Mericle Harper
     
 

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Grace can do a lot of things...but can she save the planet???? Or at the very least, can she help her best friend Mimi get her favorite stuffed animal back?

Lots of exciting things are happening to Grace and her friends. Most exciting of all, Mimi's older cousin Gwen is coming to stay with Mimi, and Miss Lois's class is GOING GREEN! For their "green" project,

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Grace can do a lot of things...but can she save the planet???? Or at the very least, can she help her best friend Mimi get her favorite stuffed animal back?

Lots of exciting things are happening to Grace and her friends. Most exciting of all, Mimi's older cousin Gwen is coming to stay with Mimi, and Miss Lois's class is GOING GREEN! For their "green" project, Grace and Mimi aim to inspire their friends and classmates to conserve plastic bottles. But a far more important issue is that Gwen has taken a strong liking to Mimi's favorite stuffed toy, Willoughby. Just Grace uses her empathy superpower to figure out ways to make her best friend feel better, and she makes a difference for the environment too. Yard sales, toy owls, decorated plastic water bottles, flaming onion rings, and a very entrepreneurial Sammy Stringer make this another winning entry in the Just Grace series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Just Grace returns in her fourth outing, which features an environmental theme. When her class begins a unit on "Going Green," (according to Grace, this does not mean "studying frogs" or "dressing up as Irish leprechauns"), Grace's take-charge attitude and "empathy powers" gain momentum, and she becomes a "superhero of conservation." Practical information is sprinkled throughout (Grace learns that conservation can also mean holding onto what's important). Sure to please Grace's fans. Ages 6-10. (Feb.)

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Interesting well-written chapter books for youngsters moving from picture book to longer stories are at a premium. This title, printed on recycled paper, is the fourth one about an entirely realistic third grader named Grace and it definitely fills the need. She is now known as Just Grace because her teacher, Miss Lois, needed to distinguish her from the other two Graces in her class. Grace is not really happy about this but accepts it as something she cannot change. The class is involved in a project to help save the planet by recycling, conserving and spreading awareness about going green. Grace and her best friend, Mimi, are working together for their class presentation about the endangered red panda. Gwen, an older cousin of Mimi's, comes for a visit and provides good ideas for the girls. Cartoon-like pen and ink illustrations are found on almost every page and add greatly to the enjoyment of the story as they illustrate such varied items as decorated plastic water bottles, super hero costumes, a flaming volcano made out of an onion and a toy called Wee Tiny Mee Mee. Readers who love Judy Moody and Amber Brown will be happy to discover Just Grace. Put this one on the first-purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

In this installment in the series, Grace and her friends are learning about recycling. Their teacher, Miss Lois, has challenged the third graders to work in groups and present a project on how to "go green" in some way. Many valuable ideas are presented, such as turning off lights, conserving water, and reusing and recycling. A subplot involves Grace's best friend's cousin coming for an extended stay and the trouble it causes. Narrated by Grace, the story is simple, yet informative and fun. Childlike drawings are interspersed throughout. This is an appealing book for early chapter-book readers. Fans of the series are sure to enjoy it, but it can stand on its own.-Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ

From the Publisher
"With short, snappy sentences and lots of small black-and-white cartoons, the book features young grade-schoolers’ realistic talks about feeling mad, jealous, and happy with classmates and family (“How to make a bad day worse”).Grace is also concerned about pollution and what kids can do about it, and Harper offers specific suggestions, from recycling and decorating plastic water bottles to saving endangered red pandas, switching off the lights at home, and holding a yard sale. Instead of boring arithmatic, Grace wants exciting lessons about how to save the planet, and readers will want them too after finishing this enjoyable read."—Booklist

"Girls who are settling into chapter book series featuring Clementine and Judy Moody will love the fast pace and familiar school and family situations. Grace’s amusing lists and headlines such as "How to Make a Bad Day Worse" and "What I Did That Was Unusual" will keep readers entertained, and Harper’s sketches add interest and break up the text, leaving the new reader time to pause and smile."—Horn Book

"This is an appealing book for early chapter-book readers. Fans of the series are sure to enjoy it, but it can stand on its own."—School Library Journal

"A fun read for kids and adults."—BookPage

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547391649
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/17/2009
Series:
Just Grace Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
402,696
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
File size:
24 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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WHAT GOING GREEN DOES NOT MEAN:

1. Studying frogs.
2. Dressing up as Irish leprechauns.
3. Getting free money.
4. Eating lots of spinach or salad.

WHAT GOING GREEN DOES MEAN
Learning about new ways to save energy, recycle, and save the planet and it’s inhabitants, which means all the plants and animals and us. Miss Lois said our planet needed our help and we were all going to be superheroes of conservation and save the earth! Then she did something that was totally like Mr. Frank and not at all like Miss Lois. She asked us to each design our own superhero costume.
   When a project is fun people sometimes want to do even more work than they are supposed to. This doesn’t happen very often, so Miss Lois smiled when she said it was okay to design two different costumes if we wanted.
   It was hard to get everybody to stop doing the fun part of saving the earth and concentrate on the learning part of saving the earth. Jane Dublin was especially unhappy when she found out that Miss Lois was not going to take our designs home and make us all real costumes to wear. Her costume was a pretty cool butterfly kind of thing. She would have sure looked great in it because she’s got long, skinny legs kind of like a bug. Other people, like Owen 1, didn’t really do a very good job of thinking about their design as a real costume. It would have been really hard for him to even fit in his.
   Miss Lois tried to make everybody feel better by saying that all our designs would make great Halloween costumes. She just doesn’t know that most boys would never wear superhero costumes when they could wear gross masks and creepy clothes dripping with fake blood instead.

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From the Publisher
"With short, snappy sentences and lots of small black-and-white cartoons, the book features young grade-schoolers’ realistic talks about feeling mad, jealous, and happy with classmates and family (“How to make a bad day worse”).Grace is also concerned about pollution and what kids can do about it, and Harper offers specific suggestions, from recycling and decorating plastic water bottles to saving endangered red pandas, switching off the lights at home, and holding a yard sale. Instead of boring arithmatic, Grace wants exciting lessons about how to save the planet, and readers will want them too after finishing this enjoyable read."—Booklist

"Girls who are settling into chapter book series featuring Clementine and Judy Moody will love the fast pace and familiar school and family situations. Grace’s amusing lists and headlines such as "How to Make a Bad Day Worse" and "What I Did That Was Unusual" will keep readers entertained, and Harper’s sketches add interest and break up the text, leaving the new reader time to pause and smile."—Horn Book

"This is an appealing book for early chapter-book readers. Fans of the series are sure to enjoy it, but it can stand on its own."—School Library Journal

"a fun read for kids and adults."—BookPage

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