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Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown Paperback – July 28, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in the A is for Amber Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Together Again Beginning readers will welcome the return of several favorite characters. Amber Brown stars in two titles by Paula Danziger, illus. by Tony Ross. In It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown, the heroine and her best friend, Justin, enjoy a vacation with their families. Unfortunately, things turn sour when Amber's parents start arguing and she gets lost at the county fair. Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown focuses on first-day jitters that are quickly quelled. (July)
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Grade 1-3-The characters in these prequels for beginning readers lose nothing from their original portrayals in the longer books for older children. In Get Ready, Danziger effortlessly guides young Amber through an encounter with the unknown as a second grader. The child confesses her fears-will her new teacher give "seven hours of homework?-What if she's an alien from some foreign planet?" A ray of light shines on her as she begins class-Ms. Light. The woman calms worries with ease, and the "Bright Lights" include all of her students, in particular a newly confident Amber. Childlike conversations and humor capture the highlights of the school day. In the second title, a trip to a county fair includes the Browns and the family of Amber's friend Justin Daniels, but all is not well between her mother and father. The author's gift for characterization places Amber's emotions before readers; an escape from the tensions between her parents creates a potentially dangerous moment when she loses her way at the fair. The book's puns and kid-oriented humor target a serious topic with childlike truthfulness and simplified text. In both books, Ross's watercolor-and-pen illustrations emphasize the action and emotions.
Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0300 (What's this?)
  • Series: A Is for Amber
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Reprint edition (July 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014250081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142500811
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Batgirl on September 7, 2005
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My about to be second grader enjoyed this and found it reassuring. I don't think it will be re-read very frequently, but it was a worthwhile shared experience.
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With the start of the school year this week, I read this book to my new second graders. Kids very often have worries about their teacher especially if the teacher is new. The teacher used her name, Ms. Light, as well as a series of play on words to help her class realize how much fun second grade would be. Great way to point out the use of words with double meanings, double entendre, and discuss student interactions. My students liked this book which generated an applause at the end....always a sign of enjoyment!
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This is a Summer reading book for my almost 7 year old heading into 2nd grade. She picked this from a list for fiction. It is a Level 3 or Guided Reading Level K. Transitional Reader; multi syllable & compound words, more dialogue, different points of view, more complex storylines & characters, greater range of genres. Perfect book for my almost 2nd grader! "It's the first day of second grade for Amber Brown! She is excited - but a little nervous too. Second grade had better be ready for Amber Brown!" My daughter was able to read this book with little to no help. We liked the story & the illustrations were good too!
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I was looking forward to reading this to my 2nd graders at the start of the year after reading the reviews. However, with the mention of a scab that's been named and the boy lying about his fake tattoo, I'll pass!
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I just got this book from the library for my daughter (a 5 year old with a 1st-2nd grade reading level) and she has read and REread and RE-REread this book. She wants Amber's backpack and when I mentioned there might be a girl named Hannah in her Kindergarten class, she said she hoped it wasn't Hannah Burton. We said WHO??? and she replied, "The girl who's mean to Amber." Oh. I am on Amazon tonight to buy all the Amber books I can find!
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In this beautifully illustrated novel, children will see that they're not the only ones to experience fear when confronting new situations.

The story is character driven, and will be sure to open up discussion about facing the fears encountered in growing up.

Highly recommended!
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I chose this book for my first graders as an end of the year gift. Of course I have all levels. On the last day of school when they each got their book, they were reading it to each other! :)
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By stitch9 on July 8, 2013
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my 2nd graders will love it! Fun story for my class, kids love these kinds and a great value for me!
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