Zack in the Middle

Zack in the Middle

by Dia L. Michels, Fred Bell

Seven-year-old Zack loves being surrounded - by a big sister and a little sister


Seven-year-old Zack loves being surrounded - by a big sister and a little sister

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Children's Literature
The story of Zack, middle child between two sisters, seems to be a well-intentioned attempt to provide relevant reading matter for newly independent readers. But it's hard to imagine a child's interest being caught by such a bland, going-nowhere tale in the limited vocabulary and stilted sentences of Dick and Jane. Even beginning readers—rather, especially beginning readers—deserve some wit and literary flair to feed their imaginations. The equally bland illustrations, portraying a happy generic family, add little to the text. Although recommended for ages 6 to 9, second and third graders would surely find this below their level of interest. For a brother and older sister relationship, compare, for example, Judy Blume's The Pain and the Great One. For the youngest readers, Rosemary Wells's Noisy Nora is the classic child in the middle story, told with verve and a even few big words. More Zack titles are apparently being planned for this "Newly Independent Readers" series. Teachers and librarians would do better to save scarce resources for one of the many fine books which allow readers' imaginations to soar a bit, whatever their level of reading accomplishment. 2001, Platypus Media, $16.95. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer:Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

Platypus Media, LLC
Publication date:
Newly Independent Reader Series
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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