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Loved Best

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Who Is Loved Best?
Because she's the oldest and can do the most, Carolyn is sure she is loved the best. But then she begins to have doubts: Her mom spoils her little sister when she's sick, her parents post her little brother's perfect math quiz on the fridge but barely notice her own perfect paper, and they make a bigger fuss over her brother's and sister's small parts in the spring play than they do her speaking part. But when things don't happen exactly as Carolyn expected, ...

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Overview

Who Is Loved Best?
Because she's the oldest and can do the most, Carolyn is sure she is loved the best. But then she begins to have doubts: Her mom spoils her little sister when she's sick, her parents post her little brother's perfect math quiz on the fridge but barely notice her own perfect paper, and they make a bigger fuss over her brother's and sister's small parts in the spring play than they do her speaking part. But when things don't happen exactly as Carolyn expected, she learns an important lesson about what it means to be loved best.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Nine-year-old Carolyn tries to get her parents and grandparents to say that they love her best, but she doesn't get the response she had hoped for. The plot revolves around a drama production in which Carolyn totally freezes on stage. Later, Mom tells her that she loves her anyway, that she loves her three children the best she knows how, and life goes on. This offering feels like a picture book that has been stretched into a chapter book. It is heavy on dialogue, which sometimes interferes with early readers' comprehension. Carolyn does not come across as a likable protagonist; she is too self-centered to notice that she is hurting other members of her family. Marshall's realistic full-page illustrations of this African-American family are a welcome feature. There were opportunities in this story to redeem Carolyn with some humor or kindness, but it just doesn't happen.-Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689861512
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/6/2005
  • Series: Ready-for-Chapters Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,387,822
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia C. McKissack is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, including Goin' Someplace Special, a Coretta Scott King Award
winner; The Honest-to-Goodness Truth; Let My People Go, written with her
husband, Fredrick, and recipient of the NAACP Image Award; The Dark-Thirty, a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner; and Mirandy and Brother Wind, recipient of the Caldecott Medal and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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