Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up [NOOK Book]

Overview

Keena Ford is so 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 U.S. representative. The only trouble is, mean Tiffany Harris keeps teasing Keena and taking the best place in line. Keena doesn't mean to get into trouble, but trouble seems to find her anyway!
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Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up

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Overview

Keena Ford is so 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 U.S. representative. The only trouble is, mean Tiffany Harris keeps teasing Keena and taking the best place in line. Keena doesn't mean to get into trouble, but trouble seems to find her anyway!
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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
Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
"You won't be bored if you vote for Keena Ford," reads the poster Keena and her friend Eric create for her student council candidacy. Nor will early readers be bored with this second "Keena Ford" adventure. Although Keena does not win the election, she does get to be the alternate and is excited that her all-girl, second-grade class will soon travel to Washington, D.C., to meet a real representative, "which is even more important than a student council delegate." But rules, and the consequences of not following them, turn what was to be the best trip ever into an embarrassing lesson learned. The afternoon before the trip, Keena and Eric defy the no-scissor-snipping-in-the-air rule, with devastating results for one of Keena's braids. Her makeshift solution leads to a confrontation with her nemesis, Tiffany, during the field trip, which results in mayhem on a Capitol stairway. Throughout the book, Keena's spirited, competitive nature shines through in the format of a daily journal. Author Melissa Thomson moves the story briskly along with lots of action and a true-to-life voice that is both funny and poignant. Details—such as brother Brian's nickname for Dad's favorite radio station ("I Know That's Radio"), sibling squabbles, and the logistics of life with divorced parents—portray a loving, realistic family. Frank Morrison's cover and inside illustrations are lively, expressive, and appealing. This book is fun to read or read aloud, with some painless facts about U.S. government thrown in for good measure. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101082232
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Series: Keena Ford
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 756,162
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • File size: 3 MB

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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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    more from this reviewer

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    Field Trip Fun.

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    I'm the real k I'm the real Keena Ford and fuck every one that hates me

    J

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Booooooooo

    Samples horrible 2 pages really

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