Trouble in the Barkers' Class (Barkers Series)

Trouble in the Barkers' Class (Barkers Series)

by Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola
     
 

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Moffie and Morgie are excited. A new girl is joining their class. But Carole Ann is a bully, pushing Moffie and grabbing Morgie’s dinosaur book, and that’s only the beginning. Then Morgie goes looking for dinosaur eggs on a Saturday morning and finds Carole Ann crying. He discovers why she is so unhappy, and at school, Morgie introduces his new friend.

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Moffie and Morgie are excited. A new girl is joining their class. But Carole Ann is a bully, pushing Moffie and grabbing Morgie’s dinosaur book, and that’s only the beginning. Then Morgie goes looking for dinosaur eggs on a Saturday morning and finds Carole Ann crying. He discovers why she is so unhappy, and at school, Morgie introduces his new friend. Carole Ann tells everyone how sorry she is for being so nasty. Now everyone has a friend, and school is fun again!

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
DePaola's familiar softly colored illustrations feature wonderfully expressive characters. The shapes and positions of the ears among this canine crew form a subplot of their own. Tomie dePaola's books should be a mainstay in any collection for young children. — Marigny Dupuy
Publishers Weekly
Morgie and Moffie and their classmates welcome a new student until it turns out she's mean to everyone, especially Morgie. But Morgie finds a way to be her friend. Ages 4-up. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Barker twins are excited when their teacher tells them that there will be a new girl in their class starting the next day. All the children make plans to welcome Carole Anne; Morgie Barker makes a Welcome Card. The next morning, however, they find the new classmate is not friendly, and even is nasty. She sticks out her tongue, pushes to get to the head of the line, and throws the card on the floor! She unties someone's hair ribbons, takes another child's book, and scribbles on Morgie's drawing. The children caucus, and decide not to play with her and their teacher notices. She asks Carole Anne if she'd like to talk about it, and when the youngster says, "No," tells the class they should all think about it over the weekend. While out looking for dinosaur eggs to bring to school for Show-and-Tell on Monday, Morgie hears crying, and finds Carole Anne has lost her way. While they hunt for more eggs, Carole Anne confesses that this is her second new school this year, and she thought she had to be a bully to be accepted. The children accept her apology, and a happy ending follows. De Paola's wonderful drawings of the dog characters are as charming as ever. This is a useful book about bullying. 2003, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 4 to 8.
— Candace Deisley
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Ms. Shepherd announces that a new girl is coming to school the next day, twin pups Morgie and Moffie and the other students immediately begin to plan a swirl of welcoming activities. When Carole Anne arrives, she will not smile, is unreceptive to friendly gestures, and shows no respect for her classmates. Disappointed and frustrated, the children devise a plan to combat this bully. One day when Morgie finds her alone, he discovers the reason for her hostility. This is an excellent book to teach conflict resolution, dealing with bullies, and making friends. DePaola successfully captures the world of primary school with his colorful, yet soft acrylic paintings on handmade watercolor paper. He also effectively conveys the emotions of a new student on her first day. Pair this title with Meet the Barkers (Putnam, 2001).-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A scowling, aggressive new classmate quickly wears out her welcome in this third episode featuring the Barker twins. Smiles greeting Carole Anne's arrival turn to frowns as she pushes her way to the head of the recess line, scornfully rejects Morgie Barker's handmade Welcome Card, pulls out the bows in Maria's hair, and exhibits other antisocial behavior. That weekend, however, Morgie breaks the ice when he finds Carole Anne in tears, and invites her along on a rock-hunting expedition; on Monday, she apologizes to the class, saying that it's her second new school in a year. That admission may raise more questions from young readers than it answers, but dePaola's all-canine cast is as engagingly expressive as ever, and reflective children, at least, will applaud Morgie's willingness to extend the paw of friendship, even after it's been (figuratively) bitten. (Picture book. 5-7)
From the Publisher
"The situations here will strike a chord with young children and their parents, and dePaola's sunny, gently humorous acrylic paintings are as winning as ever." -Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399241642
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/25/2003
Series:
Barkers Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile:
AD400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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"The situations here will strike a chord with young children and their parents, and dePaola's sunny, gently humorous acrylic paintings are as winning as ever." -Publishers Weekly

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