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Anna, the One and Only

Anna, the One and Only

by Barbara M. Joosse, Gretchen Will Mayo (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anna, who was born on a Wednesday, is convinced she is a (according to the old saying) child of woe. So when she starts third grade in a new town, she decides to be a Sunday child``bonnie and blithe and good and gay''like her sister Kimberly. She tells her teacher to call her Chocolate, but forgets to respond to the name; she borrows Kimberly's best shirt and spills brown paint on it; she opens her pencil box and drops her dead fly collection. When Anna's father discreetly clears up the misunderstanding about her name, Anna is happier, but she still wants to be perfect like Kimberly. Later, when Kimberly has to take over Anna's role in the class play (which involves flying across the stage), Anna realizes what a tremendous sacrifice her sister is making in order to help her out, since Kimberly is afraid of heights. Joosse ( Jam Day ) has taken the common theme of sibling rivalry and added some heartwarming touches that will cheer readers in similar straits. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Nov.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4 Third-grade Anna seems to have a penchant for getting herself involved in troublesome situations. The first thing that happens when the Skoggens family moves into an old house in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, is that Anna gets stuck in the milk chute. Anna is jealous of her older sister, Kimberly, who, Anna feels, isn't such a disappointment to her parents. Anna is an interesting character akin to Ramona, and readers will enjoy the antics of this lively girl who, among other things, is a collector of dead flies. A light, humorous chapter book for in-between readers who relish family/school stories similar to those written by such authors as Johanna Hurwitz, Barbara Park, or Nancy Robinson. Rita S. Padden, Lassen County Library, Susanville, Calif.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
A Trophy Bk.
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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