Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade

Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade

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by Esmé Raji Codell, Leuyen Pham, LeUyen Pham
     
 

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Like every fifth grader, Esm Raji Codell spent her days within the small world of school, neighborhood, and family. But this small world provides rich material for the often hilarious, always engrossing stories and vignettes in this book. Esm tells us about: the night she and her mother became "egg vigilantes" against an illegally parked car; her freewheeling

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Like every fifth grader, Esm Raji Codell spent her days within the small world of school, neighborhood, and family. But this small world provides rich material for the often hilarious, always engrossing stories and vignettes in this book. Esm tells us about: the night she and her mother became "egg vigilantes" against an illegally parked car; her freewheeling first school, where kids could choose disco dancing instead of math; her dangerous neighborhood, which her father made seem friendly and wondrous; the Passover dinner when she stole a matzoh right out from under a rabbi; the awe-inspiring, life-threatening Chicago snowstorms; and lessons about love from tea-reading gypsies and Popeye cartoons.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The author of Sahara Special returns with this collection of colorfully and carefully detailed anecdotes from her grade-school years, circa 1979 Chicago. Whether she's hurling eggs from her apartment balcony (with encouragement from her mother) onto the shiny car of a "rich schmuck," describing her parents' sometimes loud shouting fights or the fascinating layout of her grandmother Evelyn's apartment, Codell paints a realistic and deeply felt childhood. Her bright, occasionally soft-spoken voice has a youthful tone, which wrings notes of humor, revelation and poignancy from her written words. Listeners also get an extra treat here--two stories not included in the print edition of the book. Ages 8-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Codell's memoir is a celebration of the people, places and moments of her Chicago childhood, a fond reflection upon "what it was like to be a child" in her place, in her time. More than just her story, though, it is meant to be a model for readers and listeners, who are encouraged to pay attention to their lives and relish the little things that become memories. Richly detailed chapters on her neighborhood, a mammoth snowstorm, school life, grandparents, love and religion make for fine reading aloud and superb models for young writers. Each section begins, "Let me tell you something about," and readers are swept into a ten-year-old's urban world to witness mother and daughter egging an illegally parked car, a little brother swallowed up by the snow, Esme begging a friend to beat her up so she won't have to go to piano lessons, men at the basketball hoop, "brown arms gathering underneath like stems reaching for the same orange flower." Her enchanting, evocative writing inspires readers to see the wonder and magic in their ordinary lives, and maybe smile to themselves. (introduction) (Nonfiction. 9+)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786855094
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
12/22/2004
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

ESMÉ RAJI CODELL is the author of the highly acclaimed children's books Sahara Special and Diary of a Fairy Godmother. She is also the author of the bestseller Educating Emsé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year, which won an Alex Award, given for he best adult books for young adults, among many honors. She has worked as a children's bookseller, teacher, and school librarian, and now runs the popular children's literature Webster www.planetemse.com. Esmé lives in Chicago with her husband and son.


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Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only for 'fifth-graders' as they are told by, but for all children who love creative stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi! My name is Anna Kinsley. I'm 15, and (I don't mean to brag) am an awesome reader. So even though this book was a little easy, it really made me laugh, cause it is not about a song or tuna fish! I think anyone who wants a laugh should read it. It was hysterical, and one of the best books I ever read. I do suggest that you should be above 12 to read the story. Sorry youngsters!!!!! Love, Anna K.