The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

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by Judy Blume, Debbie Ohi
     
 

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Quintessentially funny Judy Blume!Second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life seems lonely when you're the middle kid in the family. Freddy feels like "the peanut butter part of a sandwich," squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now for the first time it's Freddy's chance to show everyone, including himself, just how

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Quintessentially funny Judy Blume!Second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life seems lonely when you're the middle kid in the family. Freddy feels like "the peanut butter part of a sandwich," squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now for the first time it's Freddy's chance to show everyone, including himself, just how special he is!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Squeezed between a big brother and a kid sister, Freddy employs newfound histrionic abilities to escape being ``the peanut butter part of a sandwich.'' Ages 5-8. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- First published in 1969 with turquoise and yellow pictures by Lois Axeman (Reilly & Lee, 1969; o.p.), this was substantially updated and revised in 1981 (Bradbury) and reillustrated in black and white by Amy Aitken. That same text has now been reillustrated by Trivas in bright watercolor washes and black crayon line. The multiracial cast of fifth- and sixth-graders still welcome the second-grader; Freddy still proudly sheds his resentment over being ranked as the ``one in the middle'' of his siblings; and the theme of being glad to be you is still validly presented. Trivas's lively renderings depict contemporary children and settings in an edition sized to match her reillustrated version of Blume's The Pain and the Great One (Bradbury, 1984). --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
Blume’s classic, originally published in 1981, is reissued with a new cover and new illustrations. Freddy Dissel is the middle child. Freddy has to wear his older brother’s hand-me-downs while his little sister gets to have her own room. Freddy hopes being the ignored middle child will finally end when he gets a part in the school play, even though it’s supposed to be for older kids. To his older brother’s dismay, Freddy is cast as the Green Kangaroo! He practices jumping like a kangaroo until the day of the play. But, on the day of the play, he comes down with a case of stage fright. Readers will discover how the play changes Freddy’s perceptions of his situation and his place in the family. Blume’s story remains a timeless testament to valuing one’s own accomplishments rather than comparing oneself to others. The large font and illustrations on every page make this manageable for readers in the suggested age range. Lauren Rille designed the eye-catching new jacket with jacket illustrations by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo; Ages 6 to 10.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553513318
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/27/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
98,662
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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