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The Best Teacher in Second Grade (I Can Read Level 2) Paperback – June 26, 2007
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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Mr. Hopper's class is planning for Family Night, and Luna suggests a Midnight Circus, a celebration perfectly attuned to her own passion for planets and stars. Instead, her classmates embrace the idea of a traditional circus, dividing into groups of lions, tigers, and bears, while Luna grows even more single-minded in her celestial fascination. As a new student, she has experienced some anxiety; now her adjustment is further compromised as classmates are confused by her obsession. When the second graders are forced to make a sudden program change, Mr. Hopper rallies the children around Luna's creative idea to bring the Midnight Circus to Room 75. On Family Night Luna is beaming, her sense of validation and acceptance reflected back to her wise and gentle teacher. By clearly evoking the discomfort and quirky behavior of the new kid in class, this story offers great discussion possibilities. It is a typical leveled reader with short sentences and chapters and an ample number of engaging cartoon drawings. However, the character development and opportunity for inferential thinking make it more substantial than many books of this type.–Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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K-Gr. 2. In a nice take on the outsider story, this lively chapter book in the I Can Read! series uses a classroom setting to open up ideas not only about the new kid who is different and interesting but also about science and language. When Luna suggests that the class do a show about the night sky for Family Night, all the kids look at her as if she were "the new kid from outer space." But the wonderful teacher quietly supports her idea, and the classroom performance with stars in a midnight circus proves a great success. The puns are part of the fun, and Carter's colorful illustrations show the classroom play with the best teacher there in the background. Pair this with Kenah's The Best Seat in Second Grade (2005). Hazel Rochman
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Top customer reviews
The I Can Read books are great for pre-readers, kids just learning to read or those who are a little more confident. Stage 2 for kids who need a little help or those who can use them to keep the skills they already have.
The proper names can be tough some times because they use weird names. But I'm not going to take any stars off for that.