The Talent Show: A Jackson Friends Book

The Talent Show: A Jackson Friends Book

by Michelle Edwards
     
 

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An overconfident Howie has to face her unexpected stage fright in the third book of the Jackson Friends series.

Jackson Magnet is having a talent show. Howie is excited because everyone—mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, kids, even the Channel Seven News Team—will be there to hear her sing. But at the final dress rehearsal in front

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An overconfident Howie has to face her unexpected stage fright in the third book of the Jackson Friends series.

Jackson Magnet is having a talent show. Howie is excited because everyone—mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, kids, even the Channel Seven News Team—will be there to hear her sing. But at the final dress rehearsal in front of the entire school, she gets so scared she can't perform her song. Will Howie make it through Opening Night?

In the third book of her Jackson Friends series, Michelle Edwards uses gentle humor to transform a familiar experience into a moving and triumphant story that's just right for beginning readers.

Author Biography: Michelle Edwards is the author-illustrator of Chicken Man , winner of the National Jewish Book Award, several other acclaimed picture books, and the first two books in the Jackson Friends series, Pa Lia's First Day, a Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award winner, and Zero Grandparents . She lives with her family in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-An engaging, sensitive story about an African-American child overcoming stage fright. Howardina Geraldina Paulina Maxina Gardenia Smith embraces thoughts of stardom with a passion. On the morning of the Jackson Magnet Talent Show, she dresses herself while thinking about the final rehearsal before the entire school, Opening Night, and the delectable party afterward. In class, the second grader can barely concentrate on her math problems and quickly writes down some answers hoping that they are right. "Good luck," says her teacher as Howie hands in her paper. But when it is her turn to perform, she experiences pangs of stage fright and loses her voice. Grandma comes to her rescue and allows Howie to work through her nervousness and decide whether or not she is going to appear on Opening Night. The author's expressive black-and-white, pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations capture the emotions of Howie and her friends. This fine beginning chapter book concludes with an explanation of stage fright.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152164034
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Jackson Friends Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


MICHELLE EDWARDS has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including Chicken Man, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and the Jackson Friends series. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

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