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Marvin One Too Many (I Can Read Book 3 Series)
     

Marvin One Too Many (I Can Read Book 3 Series)

by Katherine Paterson, Jane Clark Brown (Illustrator)
 

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It is the first day of school, and Marvin is scared. Everyone seems to know where to go—except Marvin. Everyone seems to have a place in class—except Marvin. And everyone seems to know how to read—except Marvin. Marvin's struggle with reading will ring true to reluctant and eager readers alike, and all will share his triumph in Katherine Paterson's

Overview

It is the first day of school, and Marvin is scared. Everyone seems to know where to go—except Marvin. Everyone seems to have a place in class—except Marvin. And everyone seems to know how to read—except Marvin. Marvin's struggle with reading will ring true to reluctant and eager readers alike, and all will share his triumph in Katherine Paterson's reassuring story, the third about this popular character.

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Publishers Weekly
In his latest adventure, Marvin arrives late on the first day of school and his teacher tells him there's no more room in Marvin One Too Many by Katherine Paterson, illus. by Jane Clark Brown. To make matters worse, he doesn't know how to read and his parents don't have time to help. Colored-pencil illustrations capture the boy's wide-ranging expressions. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Marvin's first day at school does not go well. He feels that he is not wanted because his new teacher exclaims when meeting him, "One more? That is one too many!" He feels left out when the rest of his class learns to read before him, and that he cannot go to his parents for help as they are too busy with the farm. This is an excellent book for all children who have trouble learning how to read, or who think they are on their own in life. With the help of his older sister and his parents, Marvin does learn how to read and fully participate in class. He feels better about himself and learns that his parents do have time to spend reading with him after all. The illustrations are colorful and stimulating and suited to the text. Written in 2001, this is a good buy for any library. It is part of the "An I Can Read Book" series, meant for Level 3: Reading Alone. 2003 (orig. 2001), HarperCollins,
— Jennifer-Lynn Draper
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-From the first day of first grade, Marvin feels as though he's "one too many." He gets lost at school, his teacher doesn't have a place for him to sit, and he's the only one in his class who can't read. Christina Moore uses a variety of voices to distinguish among the characters in this story written by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Jane Clark Brown (HarperCollins, 2001). Moore's narration and the background music effectively reflect the range of emotions the boy experiences. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Paterson and Brown (Marvin's Best Christmas Present Ever, 1997, etc.) continue their easy-reader series about a sensitive boy named Marvin with this latest addition to the "I Can Read" line. This time Marvin is starting first grade-scared, lost, and ready to cry. He feels like the odd man out in many ways, or "one too many," as his teacher inadvertently comments. The other children in first grade are sounding out words and moving on quickly (perhaps a little too quickly) to reading books, while Marvin has yet to make the connection between groups of letters and sound blends. He starts to dread school, and after a fight on the playground and some tears at home, he gets extra help with his reading at home when his big sister makes flash cards, and his father reads humorous poetry to him and recounts his own difficulties in learning to read. After practicing reading at home every night, Marvin learns to read in his own good time, blooming just like Leo. Brown's color-pencil illustrations add a soft, old-fashioned flavor to the story, with warm details in her depiction of Marvin's close-knit farm family. The story functions well as an intermediate-level easy reader, but first-grade teachers and reading specialists will also find this a useful read-aloud to reassure all the Marvins who need a little extra time and help. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064442794
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
I Can Read Book 3 Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.

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