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PreSchool-Grade 2–Stanley Birdbaums delight over his designation as star of the week–his turn to share his favorite things–fades quickly. His classmates dont like his tofu bologna, cream cheese, and pickle sandwiches. His toy robot falls apart as Stanley tries to display its tricks. Polly Seedeaters negative comments so unnerve him that he almost cant demonstrate his artistic talents. Fortunately, some heartening words from his best friend give Stanley the encouragement he needs to turn a squiggle into a funny drawing and start a class fad. Saltzbergs amusing illustrations and clean design enhance the books read-aloud potential. The spread of Stanleys panicked expression before he has to draw in front of the class perfectly captures the stage fright that almost everyone has experienced. Those who enjoyed Stanleys first outing, Crazy Hair Day (Candlewick, 2003) will welcome this return visit to Mr. Wingers classroom. However, this new book can also stand on its own as an exploration of familiar school interactions.–Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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K-Gr. 2. Stanley rejoices when his turn finally arrives: as "star of the week," he will share his favorite food, his favorite toy, and his favorite activity with the class. But sadly, no one shares his enthusiasm for tofu bologna, cream cheese, jelly, and pickles on pumpernickel, and his decrepit toy robot is a flop. The third day looks like another disaster when Stanley begins to draw on the blackboard and suddenly freezes up, but he earns his classmates' admiration with his imaginative squiggle drawings. The emotional arc between high-flying expectations and low-riding reality is familiar territory to elementary-school students, who will empathize with Stanley's plight and enjoy his hard-earned success and acceptance. Varied in size and perspective, Saltzberg's simple but expressive artwork in pencil, ink, and acrylics creates Stanley's world with warmth and keen attention to detail, while the satisfying story creates a believable dilemma for this highly sympathetic character. Great for reading aloud, this will inspire plenty of creative "squiggle drawings" among its audience. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

BARNEY SALTZBERG is the author-illustrator of the successful Kisses series, Beautiful Oops, Crazy Hair Day and his most recent title Arlo Needs Glasses, he also writes and performs music for children.

www.barneysaltzberg.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LLM on May 14, 2009
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I ordered this book because my first graders do squiggle pictures then write about their pictures. This book was perfect to teach that with. They loved the story and I loved the idea the book presented. It went right along with their squiggle pictures! Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Perrin on July 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very nice story. It's fairly short but has a great message. It is wonderful for kids who love to draw, especially ones that might not be the most popular kid in the class.
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By Cindy B on June 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great book. I love books with lessons. This book has many ideas to talk about. Stanley is so excited about being star of the week. He gets to share many things about himself that he enjoys. But, he finds disappointment with his class when they don't share his passion for things. Great lesson about being unique and that's okay. One little girl has a particular bad attitude about the things Stanley shares. This is disappointing for Stanley until he finds out not everyone feels the same way. Great lessons to be learned that there are negative people out in the world, but you don't have to let them discourage you. Also, just because you find a negative person doesn't mean everyone feels the same way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Garneau on April 28, 2008
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sweet story to show kids how hard it is to be excepted at a little one. NICE message
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