About the Author
Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards.
Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.
In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children’s Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
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“You’re the kid who has to put her right shoe on before her left.” The salesman comes up to me with the foot-measuring thing.
“Yup.” I nod. “You remember!”
“How can I forget?” The salesman puts my right foot into the measurer. “The one time I didn’t do it your way, you refused to get any shoes . . . . and you accused me of ruining your day . . . . and you threatened to report me to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Who Need to Put Their Right Shoe On Before Their Left.”
I hold out my right foot and wonder why he’s acting like that’s so strange. I’m sure that I’m not the only person in the whole entire world who likes to have some things done a certain way. With the way my life goes, it’s nice to be sure of some things . . . and I’m sure that I like to put my right shoe on before my left. It makes me feel weird if my left shoe goes on first. In fact, it messes up my entire day.
A little kid comes over and grabs my foot, the left one.
“Foot,” she says.
Her mother picks her up. “Sorry she’s bothering you. She’s learning the names for body parts.”
I’m glad that the foot is the part of the body she decided to name.
All around us there are kids . . . . trying on shoes . . . . blowing up balloons . . . . . yelling, “I want those”; “I hate those.”
One kid is throwing a temper tantrum because his mother won’t buy him sandals for school.
The salesman continues, “And you’ve got that very colorful name.”
My mother looks at her watch.
He thinks for a minute. “Ebony Black. . . . . No, that’s not it. Pearl White. No.”
“AMBER BROWN,” I remind him, “and I don’t like to be teased about it.”
“Isn’t there another family that you always come in with to buy shoes for the new school year?” he asks. “With two little boys, one about your age?”
“They’ve moved away,” my mother says softly.
All of a sudden, I get this empty feeling inside of me.
This will be the first time in my life that I’ll be starting school without my best friend, Justin Daniels.
I try not to think about it.
I’ve been trying not to think about it all summer, especially since I got back from England with my aunt Pam.
My mother puts her hand on mine. “She’d like to see the sneakers with the rhinestones on them.”
The man puts down the measurer and looks up information on a card file. “She’s grown. Up another shoe size. . . . . Oh, well . . . . it could have been worse. She could have grown another foot. Then you’d have to buy three shoes.” He laughs at his own joke. “Just a little shoe-business humor.”
As he goes to the back of the store, he sings, “There’s no business like shoe business.”
I look at my mother.
She looks at me and shrugs. “The shoes are good quality and cheaper here than the other store. I know he drives you nuts . . . but think what you would be like if you had to be with children and their feet all day.”
“It would be a real feat.” I giggle.
“You would have to put your heart into it, body and soles.”
We both start to laugh.
By the time the guy comes back, my mother and I are both singing, “There’s no business like shoe business.”
He joins in.
I try on my new shoes.
Excerpted from "Amber Brown Goes Fourth"
Copyright © 2007 Paula Danziger.
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Entertaining and satisfying, this is a first purchase, whether or not the rest of the series is owned.ö (School Library Journal)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Amber starts fourth grade. Her best friend, Justin, has moved away and she needs to make a new friend. Also, her mom has begun dating again after her divorce from Amber's father.Danziger draws a neat parallel between the two situations. Amber learns that making a new friend doesn't mean you love your other friend less. Also, it might be okay for Amber's mom to have a new friend, too. As long as it doesn't get TOO serious. Gee, I wonder what might happen in the next book...?
The reason why I gave this book a five is because I really enjoyed reading this book, and also I can relate to Amber Brown because when I was her age I had to go through similar things she went through. I was just like Amber, when I move to a new school and grade I had to make a new friend and that was very hard. This book is about Amber Brown going to the fourth grade and she had to make a new friend because her friend Justin has moved away. Amber Brwon had to face situations such as having to make a new best friend, dealing with snotty girls, and facing her parents going through a divorce. All of these situations students or children that are in your classroom may experiences or face. This book can be use in the classroom setting by letting the students in the class write there own stories and also teach them about what protagonist because Amber Brown is a good example because she is the main character in the book.
This story is about a girl, Amber Brown, who goes into fourth grade. Over the last summer, there have been a lot of changes in her life. Her best friend, Justin, moved away. She’s not getting used to her parents’ divorce, and doesn’t want to meet her mom’s new boyfriend Max. She is also starting a new grade and is trying to make a new best friend. You will really see Amber Brown grow up in this book. I would rate this book 4 ½ out of 5 stars. The book has a lot of word play in it. That makes it funny. I also liked that it seemed like real life when she missed Justin and was trying to make a new friend. It would be good for fourth and fifth grade because some of the word play is a little hard to get for younger kids.
I like this book i don't know y but i do i guess cuz i can relate:)
i like this book i dont know y but i do i guess cuz i can relate :)
Amber Brown is going to fourth grade and she does not have a best friend. She is very scared to go to school with out her old best friend Justin Daniels. He moved away and Amber hated it. Her mom and her dad are divorced and her mom meets a guy. I guess you are just going to have to read the book yourself and find out all about it. It was a great book!!!!
This book, Amber Brown Goes Forth, is about a girl that is going to the fourth grade.She is a little scared because she does not have her best friend with her.Her mom and dad are no longer together.Her mom has a boyfriend ,and her dad lives all the way in Paris. She lives with her mom, but she talks to her dad a lot.I like this book because it reminds me about when I was in fourth grade, and my best friend went to a different school.
In Amber Brown Goes Fourth, a delicate, messy, kid named Amber Brown, goes into fourth grade, a very scary grade. Hi, I read this book with my best friend Danielle, when I was in 4th grade. Since I enjoyed it, I bet you will too.
Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger is a funny story about a girl going into the fourth grade. Lots of weird things happen to her. One of the things is her parents get divorced. I liked that because it was interesting to see how she handled it. It seems like many parents are getting divorced, but not mine.
I really really like this book because it tells about a fourth grader having life problems.It is also good because she really describes in detail and you can understand it well!