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Not For 9 - 11 Year Olds,
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Beware if you're a teacher hoping to use this book as a read-aloud for your 4th or 5th grade class. Although the publisher suggests this as the target age group, the themes and language are more appropriate for junior high. The book also seems intended to be read individually (instead of as a read-aloud), since the small drawings are important to make the text more understandable. Although I'd known that the book was about a young girl who who was caught in a hardscrabble life, in my opinion the material wasn't presented in an easily accessible way for 9-11 year olds. This book won't help children make sense of things they might actually be seeing in their lives. In fact, some of the rather off-hand sentences (i.e., scratching a scrotum) are distracting, and not the type of thing a teacher would want the child carrying home for dinnertime conversation.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2009 4:44:22 PM PDT
C. J. Attwood says:
It would seem that you have not actually read this book, since there is nothing about "scratching" a scrotum in it. What happens to the scrotum in question (which belongs to a dog) is much more dramatic! There is nothing "inaccessible" about this book, nor are the drawings all that important to understanding the story--cute, but hardly vital. And nothing is candy-coated, either, which I think is ultimately what most of you objectors are objecting to.
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