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The Problem with Pelly (First Graders from Mars) Hardcover – February 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: First Graders from Mars (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439266327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439266321
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,627,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Poor Pelly. After moving with her family from Phobos to Mars, she is ridiculed for the fuzzy topknot or "fluffernobbin" on her head. Snooty classmate Tera flaunts a drawing of her own family with matching tentacles and a two-headed baby. "This is what normal families look like," says Tera. "Your family is weird." Desperate to be normal, Pelly takes some drastic measures, only to learn from a visiting opera star that her fluffernobbin actually makes her quite special.

Anyone who has ever felt like an alien will immediately relate to Pelly's woes, and cheer at her victorious realization that it's not so bad to be different. Author Shana Corey makes the problems of Martians seem as familiar as Earthlings', and illustrator Mark Teague's chartreuse, purple, and orange first graders are adorable in sweaters, skirts, and blue jeans. Don't miss the first in the series by this creative pair: First Graders From Mars: Horus's Horrible Day. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

The space age series continues with First Graders from Mars Episode 2: The Problem with Pelly by Shana Corey, illus. by Mark Teague. Pod 1 is expecting a visit from a famous Martian opera singer, and pals Tera and Pelly draw pictures to decorate the classroom. "Your family is weird," Tera says, eyeing Pelly's family portrait; with "fluffernobbins" on their heads instead of tentacles, Pelly's family is unusual. But the appearance of the fluffernobbined diva helps Pelly to accept his differences.

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More About the Author

When I was little, I loved stories about olden-day girls--my favorites were Betsy-Tacy, All-of-a-Kind Family, Little House On the Prairie. Imagine my delight when I went to college and discovered that I could take ENTIRE classes on olden-day girls! I learned to call it women's history, but really--it was the exact same topic I'd been interested in since I was five. Now, I have the great pleasure and honor of editing books for children myself. I also write picture books, most of them true stories about brave women and girls in history. When I'm not writing or editing, I'm usually reading with my two little boys.For additional resources, including lesson plans, book lists, and information on school visits, check out www.shanacorey.com.

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Format: Hardcover
We picked this book up from our public library.

This is episode 2 in the series of First Graders from Mars. Me and my son read book 1 where we met Horus and of course Pelly was introduced to us as being the new alien in town.
In this episode you read about Pelly and how she thinks she is weird, her family is weird. It doesn't help that another alien named Tera is a bully. Who likes to stay mean things. Me and my son both enjoyed how Horus stood up to Tera for Pelly. My son doesn't like bullies and kept letting me know he would give that alien a wedgie for being mean. While Pelly and her family have fluffernobbin's on their head she eventually learns that being different is a good thing and this lesson comes to her from the diva that is coming to their classroom.
Not everyone wants to be the same even though it may seem that way, but with everyone being different it shows that everyone is unique in their own special way.
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