From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3--Elisa and company return in this appealing chapter book that describes the trials, adventures, and good times experienced by the second grader. Through her interactions with friends and family, she learns about caring, sharing, and taking responsibility. From her patient and loving parents to her slightly domineering older brother, Russell, to her adorable younger brother, Marshall, all of the characters are likable and realistically drawn. Elisa's special relationship with her grandmother, who lives far away, is eloquently expressed when the two share breakfast together over the telephone. Other scenes deal with a last-minute and less-than-perfect baby-sitter who ignores Marshall and eats all of the snacks, and the unexpected results when Elisa is allowed to eat only chocolate for an entire day. Filled with moments of humor and small revelations, the writing is clear and inviting. Each chapter focuses on a particular scenario and reads like a complete story. The black-and-white sketches capture the essence of the events and the characters.--Leanna Manna, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY
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Gr. 2-3. Picking up where Summer with Elisa
(2000) left off, the saga of eager-to-please Elisa Michaels continues with the ups and downs of being Russell's little sister as well as big sister to two-year-old Marshall. Now in second grade, Elisa is anxious for more responsibility and independence, but she's a little unnerved when she gets it, as the funniest scene in the book proves: Elisa is pleased when her mother asks her to keep an eye on Marshall for a few minutes while she goes to the adult section of the library, but she comes unglued when she can't stop him from tearing into some wrapped boxes in a Christmas tree display. Elisa's biggest test of courage comes when she's offered an opportunity to visit her grandmother in Florida--by herself. As in previous Elisa books, each chapter tells a complete story, making the book more attractive for reluctant readers or kids just beginning to take on longer chapter books. Elisa's fans will enjoy these sometimes funny, always engaging new adventures. Final art not seen in galleys. Lauren PetersonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved