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Shakeeta is the new girl and is hesitant about making new acquaintances, but comes off as somewhat hostile to the other girls, who also are apparently intimidated by a class leader who rejects Shakeeta.They start off by being curious and friendly but soon fall into line behind D.J., who fortuitously also rejects Mia, the narrator who wants to be friendly but feels rebuffed, and fearful of Shakeeta's pet iguana, Igabelle.This isn't enough of a connection to overcome their shyness with each other, but with humor and patience gradually the distance is breached (both visually and emotionally) and Mia and Shakeeta become companions.There is a poignant picture in which the two sad little girls are shown at opposite ends of a lo-o-o-ng bench, followed by another illustration two pages later in which they are smilingly close together.Unlike some other reviewers, I think the children's behavior is pretty characteristic (like Mia, I was always the last chosen for a team sport).The teacher, Ms. Becky, never intervenes, and that too is rather typical.Bullying in school is all too prevalent, and teachers often fear that interference may just make the matter worse.Or they may find it expedient to look the other way.
I'm not sure how this would be used in a classroom setting.With careful teaching, it might stimulate discussion about outsiders or bullying or fitting in.No Lexile measure is available.
I do like the lively watercolor and pencil illustrations in unobtrusive colors (compare to last year's Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee,. My favorite is the double spread which shows the girls doing various outdoor activities in the playground, with their figures coming closer to the foreground until they head companionably back into the school.
All in all, a serciceable oo

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  • Publisher:Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • File: 7.6 Mb
  • Ganre: Childrens
  • Release: 01.07.2006
  • ISBN: 9780689864681
  • Pages 32
  • Rating: 4.08 (95 votes)


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