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Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book) Paperback – March 4, 2010
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She's a third grader with "wild-crazy hair" and who happens to be "skinnier than half a toothpick." She's also brilliant and fun, but Dyamonde Daniel has a definite problem on her hands. What she really wants and needs is a best friend, and there don't appear to be any takers in her new school. Then, one day, another new kid comes to her class, and his name is Free. The problem? Free is just the grumpiest, mopiest, rudest kid Dyamonde has ever met. Before she knows it, she's interested in what his problem is. And in a mere 74 pages she has not only cheered him up, she's found herself an unexpected new friend.
I don't mean to make broad generalizations, but when reading early chapter books there are certain ideas and themes that just don't make an appearance all that often. What I like about "Dyamonde Daniel" is that this isn't a story about some girl who lives in the suburbs and has her own room and puppy. Dyamonde has slept on the couch ever since her parents split up and her mom had to move to Washington Heights. The book deals with issues like unemployment, divorce, lack of apartment space, and having to move in with relatives.Read more ›
Dyamonde is also new to her school, and despite her obvious intelligence and outgoing personality, she has yet to find a new best friend. Sure, Tanya, Tylisha and Tameeka (a group of girls Dyamonde refers to as the "Three T's") are nice enough to her, but she just doesn't fit in with their little social group.
Reed Freeman, who calls himself "Free" for short, is also a newcomer at the school. He doesn't have any new friends either, but that's because he's so mean to everyone. He walks around all the time with his head down. If anyone speaks to him, he either ignores them, growls at them, or simply glares at them. He keeps to himself and doesn't want to socialize with other students.
Dyamonde doesn't like Free's attitude. One day during lunch, when Free is picking on a smaller kid in the lunchroom for no good reason, Dyamonde decides to confront him. She walks right up to him and asks, "What is your problem?" Free is startled by her question and responds, "Who says I got a problem?" Dyamonde reads him the riot act about the way he has been treating the boy. She demands that Free apologize to him, which he does.
But that's not good enough for Dyamonde. She keeps an eye on Free after that. Every time he growls at someone, she glares at him. Whenever he yells at someone, she steps in front of him and stares him down until he apologizes. After a few days of this, Free does his best to avoid everyone, especially Dyamonde.Read more ›
UPDATE 4/4/13: I want to give a more balanced review. I did actually read this book last night. It is very sweet and teaches our young readers compassion and perspective. The entire Dyamonde Daniel series most likely offers children many more positive ways to handle the ups and downs of life. Recommended reading even without the wonderful uplifting bright colors of Mr. Christie's art.
The discussion questions at the end were great!!
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This is my second purchase from this series. My daughter loves Dyamonde and all her friends. If the author reads these I'd like her to know that we need more Dyamonde!!Published 3 months ago by keisha P.
My daughter loves the Dyamonde Daniel series. These books are great for kids 7-10. Very interesting plots and kids will enjoy it.Published 24 months ago by Vasilios Melidoneas
I am a Caucasian mother who seeks the TRUTH for her family. EVERY book by Nikki Grimes is wonderful!!! Keep up the excellent work!!!Published on August 2, 2013 by TJ
Great book that I read with my third grade students. There is a matching unit to go along with it on Learn Zillion covering the new common core standards.Published on June 30, 2013 by The Donz
I did do a lot of research before I purchased this book. My young friend is reading a book a week and writing a report. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Barb
I bought all four books in the series. Great for teaching "characterization" with my third graders. I would highly recommend this book!Published on March 3, 2013 by Peg
Dyamonde is a likable and irresistable character. This book packs a lot of energy into a short format. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by M. Heiss