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The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo (Dell Picture Yearling) Paperback – June 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Picture Yearling; Reissue edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561374156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440406686
  • ASIN: 0440406684
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Squeezed between a big brother and a kid sister, Freddy employs newfound histrionic abilities to escape being "the peanut butter part of a sandwich." Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

Lately second-grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life can be lonely when you're the middle kid in the family and you feel like "the peanut butter part of a sandwich," squeezed between an older brother and a little sister. But now for the first time it's Freddy's chance to show everyone how special he is and, most of a all, prove it to himself!

More About the Author

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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It is a fun, easy to read chapter book.
T. M. Hammond
It is a wonderful story and a good reading level for 1st or 2nd graders.
mary
Both of my grandsons, ages 5 and 3 enjoyed this book.
Betty

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The following reviews were written by four 7-year-olds in a classroom book club I led. We studied reviews from Amazon.com before they wrote theirs to see how there can be many different opinions on one title:
Annie says: I would recommend this book to you because it is neat how Freddy Dissel started out having nothing special and ended up doing something all of his own. He gets to be the green kangaroo in a school play.
Ashleigh says: I think this book is funny because my 4-year-old brother is the middle child and me and my sister boss him around like Freddy. I think everyone should have this book!
David says: This book is about a boy named Freddy who plays the green kangaroo in the school play. I think it is stupid because he hops all around saying, "I'm the Green Kangaroo." I would not recommend a friend read this book because it is stupid.
Rachel says: I think this book is funny because when Freddy's teacher, Ms. Gumber, told him "break a leg" he thought he should really fall off the stage and break a leg. I would recommend this book to you because it is neat and I think it is neat because the illustrator really expressed what the words described.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ck on January 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There are books to thrill you, and there are the books that warm you throughout your life. This is one of them.
Judy Blume has a broad stroke, writing for ages from elementary to Adult life. And with each book, she captures all the humiliation and comedy that those years offer. Though I was "too big" for this book when I read it, I don't regret doing so. Though I am not a middle child, I understand how it feels when, as a child, you feel that you don't matter, at that stage "not-old-enough-and-so-not-important-enough". Having read a wide scale of Blume throughout childhood, I know which books touched me, made me angry, and made me shout: "Hoooray!"
Judy Blume puts as much feeling into her books' titles as she does into her stories, and so even the most disaffected can only become interested because of her colorful titles. This is one of my favorite Judy Blume stories, and my favorite title by her. There are stories to challenge, books to think, fables that make you laugh out loud and novels to make you weep.
And there is "The One in the Middle is the Green Kangeroo". Even if you have not heard of Judy Blume or haven't read one of her titles, I won't hold it against you. It is a short life and we can't read them all, but doesn't the title sound curious enough for you to give this book a try?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed The one in the middle is the green kangroo. It had comedy, fussing, and problems. The main chacters is Freddy Dissel and his brother Michel and his sister Ellen. Freddy didn't like being small beacuse he did not like being out of the fun. One day at school there was a poster in the hall that said MEETING FOR SCHOOL PLAY Fifth AND SIX GRADERS ONLY. He went to class and told his teacher he wont's to be in the play but his teacher told him that it was only for the big kids.But she told him that she would ask Ms. Matson about a special part for him. If you want to hear the ending of the story read the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo was a very good, funny book. It showed us that every kid in the family is special - oldest, youngest and yes, even the kid in the middle. We were glad that Freddy went from sad to happy and that he was the best green kangaroo in the play. We would recommend this book for first grade to fourth grade.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a 2nd grader named Freddy.He is a middle child, and sometimes feels a bit lonely. He wants to show everyone how special he is.He has a brother named Mike who is in 6th grade. Mike is going to be in his 5th grade class play. When Freddy found out that his brother was in a play, he also wanted to be in it. Freddy went to Miss Matson, the plays director, and asked if he could be in the play. Ms. Matson told Freddy that there was one more part left,the part of the green kangaroo. Freddy was thrilled and took the part. On the day of the play Freddy did his part perfectly. The audience applauded loudly. Freddy was proud of himself. He finally fit in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Davis on March 3, 2014
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I bought this for my middle child, as we were having trouble making "one on one" time for him. We really enjoyed reading this together, and every now and then, I will say, "you're Mommy's Green Kangaroo, aren't you?" and he loves that.
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This book is especially helpful for any middle child and their family. It will help them understand what the middle child feels like and where they are coming from as well as the need to feel important.
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Very cute book where a middle child finds his specialness and identity, driving home the point that everyone is unique and needs to find their own path. I didn't relate to it much personally because I was an eldest child, not a middle child, but I thought about my sister sometimes while reading it and wondered whether being a middle child was ever like this for her. (Though I knew she didn't really have the hand-me-downs problem because we were about the same size for our entire lives.) I think the book does strike that very good balance between highlighting the problems of a middle child (so middle children can relate) and showing the solutions (striving for individuality and deserving it).
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