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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5–The reputation of the fifth graders of Aesop Elementary School precedes them and no one wants to teach this rowdy group. Luckily, Mr. Jupiter, their intrepid, world-traveling, fourth-grade teacher, is willing to step up to the challenge. As the other teachers breathe sighs of relief, Mr. Jupiter revels in exposing this exuberant group to unusual and exciting information. From singing Burmese guinea pigs to ancient texts such as The Babylonian Book of Babble, which actually produces a thunderstorm, Mr. Jupiter has all that it takes to keep their attention. Just when it seems that the over-the-top silliness and slapstick humor are going to overtake the story, the chaos is put into perspective by a moral at the end of each chapter. These morals highlight a lesson learned by the class or, in some cases, a particular student, and provide readers with the realization that something special and noteworthy has taken place. Kids will appreciate the teacher's efforts on his students' behalf and wish they had one like him. Suggest this title for reluctant readers and those who enjoy the humor of Sarah Weeks's Oggie Cooder (Scholastic, 2008) and Dan Gutman's "My Weird School Daze" books (HarperCollins).Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL
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In this follow-up to The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School (2007), the students are not so much characters as single character traits; it serves as revelation at book’s end when a few of them act outside of their usual modes. The incidents are mostly exaggerated school-day circumstances, including amusing interactions with the art and music teachers, but a few episodes veer awkwardly into the supernatural, as when one boy stumbles upon The Babylonian Book of Babble, which summons storm clouds. Fleming’s story won’t disappoint fans of the previous book, but the determinedly zany humor is not for everyone. Grades 3-5. --Abby Nolan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aesop Elementary School
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375863346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375863349
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale. And I told them all the time. As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three-legged cat named Spot. In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic. And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family's trip to Paris, France.

I told such a good story that people always thought I was telling the truth. But I wasn't. I didn't have a three-legged cat or a ghost in my attic, and I'd certainly never been to Paris, France. I simply enjoyed telling a good story... and seeing my listener's reaction.

Sure, some people might have said I was a seven-year old fibber. But not my parents. Instead of calling my stories "fibs" they called them "imaginative." They encouraged me to put my stories down on paper. I did. And amazingly, once I began writing, I couldn't stop. I filled notebook after notebook with stories, poems, plays. I still have many of those notebooks. They're precious to me because they are a record of my writing life from elementary school on.

In second grade, I discovered a passion for language. I can still remember the day my teacher, Miss Johnson, held up a horn-shaped basket filled with papier-mache pumpkins and asked the class to repeat the word "cornucopia." I said it again and again, tasted the word on my lips. I tested it on my ears. That afternoon, I skipped all the way home from school chanting, "Cornucopia! Cornucopia!" From then on, I really began listening to words--to the sounds they made, and the way they were used, and how they made me feel. I longed to put them together in ways that were beautiful, and yet told a story.

As I grew, I continued to write stories. But I never really thought of becoming an author. Instead, I went to college where I discovered yet another passion--history. I didn't realize it then, but studying history is really just an extension of my love of stories. After all, some of the best stories are true ones -- tales of heroism and villainy made more incredible by the fact they really happened.

After graduation, I got married and had children. I read to them a lot, and that's when I discovered the joy and music of children's books. I simply couldn't get enough of them. With my two sons in tow, I made endless trips to the library. I read stacks of books. I found myself begging, "Just one more, pleeeeease!" while my boys begged for lights-out and sleep. Then it struck me. Why not write children's books? It seemed the perfect way to combine all the things I loved: stories, musical language, history, and reading. I couldn't wait to get started.

But writing children's books is harder than it looks. For three years I wrote story after story. I sent them to publisher after publisher. And I received rejection letter after rejection letter. Still, I didn't give up. I kept trying until finally one of my stories was pulled from the slush pile and turned into a book. My career as a children's author had begun.

For more information visit my website: www.candacefleming.com.

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By HelpfulReviewer on June 28, 2014
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The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School is a book that I really did enjoy. I loved this sequel to the Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School. I loved all the different character's qualities and how different one student is from the other. This is a truly well written story that I couldn't have enjoyed more. Although I gave it five stars, if I could have, I would have given it 6+. I truly and sincerely enjoyed this piece of quality literature and I know for a fact that you will, too!
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By Mrs. Max on June 20, 2014
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I first read The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary several years ago when it was on the Sunshine State Reader book list put out by the Florida Library Media Association. Being a fourth grade teacher, I thought it was an obvious choice for a read aloud. Since then I've read it every year to start off the year. I had to buy the follow up because the kids beg for it every year.
Both of these books are charming and unique. I really appreciate them for the balance they strike being both totally innocent while still keeping their appeal to older elementary kids. The books are also a nice balance of funny focused on witty rather than goofy. Great addition to my read aloud list and classroom library.
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By Go Book Read on December 20, 2013
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I love this book. is there going to be another on? I want to hear all about there story's in middle school.
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By Esha Patel on November 6, 2013
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I loved it I wish there was a fabled sixth graders but I really liked it that's really all bye.
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It was so good! I was wondering what happens to them next, like you know about the futures of the students, Mrs. Tuner and Mr. Jupiter
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