- Age Range: 10 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 7
- Series: Best Shorts
- Hardcover: 342 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 25, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618476032
- ISBN-13: 978-0618476039
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing Hardcover – September 25, 2006
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up–Unlike most collections, there is no integrating theme in the 24 short stories included here–just fine writing, cultural diversity, and timeless creativity. With such strong writers as Richard Peck, Natalie Babbitt, Lloyd Alexander, and Rafe Martin, one would expect nothing less. Strategic placement of genres sustains reader interest. Animals as heroes, time machines as homework helpers, along with Washington Irving's timeless classic Rip Van Winkle and Frank Stockton's highly provocative The Lady or the Tiger? offer many powerful, instantly engaging choices, especially appealing to reluctant readers. Scatterings of the supernatural appear throughout, such as in Patricia McKissack's The Woman in White, in which a desperate ghost propels readers into the injustices of the pre-Civil Rights era. Others are sure to elicit a shiver, like Robert San Souci's The Caller. Brief biographical sketches of the contributors are included. Katherine Paterson offers a persuasive afterword in favor of sharing, discussing, and reading these selections aloud as well as exhorting the dire need for more quality writing in short fiction.–D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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The other story I used was The Night of the Pomegranate. I used it the week of the science fair and it launched a great discussion about the merits of experience and communicating your experience in ways the teacher can evaluate. The students produced an art project showing the Milky Way, Big and Little Dippers, Polaris and Mars in response to the story. We were also studying constellations in science so we were able to tie multiple subjects together and explore information from different angles.
One of my non-readers was so excited by the book that he asked his dad to buy him a copy!