Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-up

Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-up

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by Melissa Thomson, Frank Morrison
     
 

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Keena Ford doesn't mean to get in trouble. In fact, she is very excited to go on a field trip to the United States Capitol with her second-grade class. At school, she is running for a spot on the student council, and on the field trip she's going to meet a real live US Representative. She's trying to be on her best behavior. It's just that mean Tiffany Harris keeps

Overview

Keena Ford doesn't mean to get in trouble. In fact, she is very excited to go on a field trip to the United States Capitol with her second-grade class. At school, she is running for a spot on the student council, and on the field trip she's going to meet a real live US Representative. She's trying to be on her best behavior. It's just that mean Tiffany Harris keeps teasing Keena, and Keena does not like to be teased.

Award-winning artist Frank Morrison has once again created spot-on illustrations to perfectly compliment this new laugh-out-loud Keena Ford adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
Keena Ford is a likable new addition to the grade-school class of characters that includes Ramona Quimby and Junie B. Jones…Readers will be happy to accompany Keena on more outings.
—The New York Times
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2–Spirited Keena Ford, who lives in Washington, DC, goes on a field trip with her second-grade class to the Capitol. During the outing, Tiffany pulls Keena’s scarf off, revealing an accident the child had in a snipping-the-air-with-scissors session. Representative Thomas shows Keena that he has a toupee so she’ll know she’s not the only one with hair trouble. As the class is walking down the steps, Keena is determined to get to the back of the line, the most fun position, and stomps on a foot in her way. It belongs to Representative Thomas. Keena writes an apology to him and learns a few lessons, including an effective approach in dealing with Tiffany. Keena tells her story in journal format, and includes information about the Capitol, senators, and representatives in an entertaining manner. Distinctive illustrations depict a quirky African-American girl and her episodes. A solid series for early chapter-book readers.–Debbie S. Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Keena Ford's second-grade class is taking a field trip to the United States Capitol. This good-hearted girl works hard to behave, but her impulsive decisions have a way of backfiring, no matter how hard she tries to do the right thing. In this second book in a series, Keena cuts off one of her braids and later causes a congressman to fall down the stairs. The first-person journal format is a stretch-most second graders can barely write, let alone tell every detail of three days of her life. Children will wonder how Keena can cut one of her "two thick braids" all the way off by pretend-snipping in the air. They will be further confused because the cover art clearly shows Keena with a completely different hairdo on the field trip than the one described. Though a strong African-American heroine is most welcome in chapter books and Keena and her family are likable and realistic, this series needs more polish before Keena writes about her next month in school. (Fiction. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803732643
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Series:
Keena Ford Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa Thomson is an elementary school teacher in New York City where she lives with her husband, Pete, and their three plants. Melissa began her teaching career at Emery Elementary School in Washington, DC. Her students at Emery inspired her to write about Keena Ford.

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Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Keena Ford is a great protagonist. Her version of her field trip is a riot, and rather comical and entertaining. This was a delight to read. Most young girls ages six to eight will probably enjoy this novel and be able to relate to the protagonist and see either themselves as Keena or one of their classmates as Keena. *Great for silent-sustained reading time.