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Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport (Reading Rainbow Book) Paperback – March 30, 1990

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About the Author

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat has been called "a shining star as a storyteller" by Publishers Weekly. Her many popular books include I Don't Care and What Are We Going to Do About Andrew? for young children; Griselda's New Year, Mitchell Is Moving and Sophie and Gussie for beginning readers; and several novels for older children. After many years in New York State (one of them at 165 East 95th Street, New York City) she now lives in Tucson, Arizona. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reissue edition (March 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689713835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689713835
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marjorie Weinman Sharmat has written every Nate the Great book. Here she collaborates with her husband, Mitchell Sharmat. They live in Tucson, Arizona.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Gila Monsters" has to be one of my favorite children's books. It addresses the fear of a young boy from New York, whos "parents are moving out west." His friend told him that "Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport," and he knows it's true, because he read it in a book.
When he finally arrives at the airport, he meets another young boy who is moving to New York and filled with fears, because there are alligators in the sewers. He knows it's true, because he read it in a book.
This book is a great way to defuse a child's fear of an upcoming move. And it's a fun read for adults as well!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Jenson on August 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Gila Monsters at the Airport is a great book (even for older children up to age 10) because it discusses how kids think about different parts of the country and how they think people live. It's a nice effort at trying to explain how people (Westerners and Easterns) describe each other in backward ways. This teaches kids that they have more in common with people in new places that they move to than they think. A nice lesson that can be learned at any age.

A great book to help kids adjust to moving to the other coast of the United States and realize that alligators really don't live in the Eastern city sewers and that the West isn't just a dessert cactus village.

I loved this book on Reading Rainbow with good old Levar Burton. I still remember the song they sang with this book on the show. It was really cute. Enjoy this one with your kids!! They will love the illustrations and the way it is written (from a kid's vocabulary and point of view).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Raymond on June 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for some friends who were moving out west from the east coast. The book compares the pains of the city (NYC in this case) with the pains of living out west (cacti, hot, dry, etc). Very funny; we love it.
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A recent issue of Bookbag magazine presented lesson plans on the topic of gila monsters, which immediately brought this book to mind. It is an entertaining means of linking fiction texts with non-fiction fact sheets, while addressing the issues of commonly held beliefs which may not be true, stereotyping, and the transient nature of the American family. This book makes a great read-aloud, and is also appropriate for reading circles and DEAR reading time.
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When we moved from NY to NM, this book was very helpful. We read it to our children, to give them a chance to share their feelings about picking up and moving across the country to a completely new region, climate and culture. One was preschool aged, the other in Kindergarten. They related well to the boy as he had preconceived notions about his new location.
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By Gary Courtney on January 2, 2013
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I'm a retired first grade teacher. I used to own this book, but it's been lost. This story is hilarious to me. I loved reading it to my classes, and now I have a copy to read to my grandchildren and the students I help in our local school. It addresses the fears a child has about moving to a different part of the country.
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I love Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's books. "Mitchell is Moving" still cracks me up as an adult. I'm always happy when my nieces ask me to read them that one.

This one wasn't as funny as I expected. It's okay, but I wish I had checked this one out at the library instead of buying it.
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By sassy lashes on June 12, 2014
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At a recent family gathering, my brother and I were discussing books from our childhood. This was one of our favorite books, and we loved the story and all the stereotypes about living in the southwest. Afterwards I had to go online and buy us each a copy. Such a cute story, and I love the artwork.
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