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The Straight Line Wonder Hardcover – June 1, 1997
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3?This disappointing offering from Australia has a '50s look and a very pointed moral. Three lines are the best of friends. On a whim, one of them starts "jumping in humps, twirling in whirls, pointing his joints," and "creeping in heaps," much to the mortification of the other two straight-arrows. One day, a famous film director discovers the expressive line and makes him a star. That's it folks. The repetition is monotonous and there are no surprises. The India ink and dark watercolor cartoons are lively, but cannot salvage this tired story line. There are so many other picture books about the value of being true to oneself that this one is unnecessary.?Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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From Kirkus Reviews
The illustrator of Daniil Kharms's First, Second (1996) rises ingeniously to the challenge of a story Fox (Feathers and Fools, 1996, etc.) published in Australia ten years ago. Weary of being straight, a line goes off ``jumping in humps, twirling in whirls, pointing his joints, and springing in rings.'' Friends chase after, begging him to ``Stay straight, silly!'' because ``People will stare!''--but when his gyrations blow the beret off a famous film director, off he goes to fame and fortune. In a style reminiscent both of 1930s cartoons and 1960s underground ``comix,'' Rosenthal populates uncrowded streets with straight, black lines, cleverly differentiated by height and headgear, posed either stiffly upright or at casual angles. Fox and Rosenthal make a lively pair--and, is there a subtext here? Let readers decide. (Picture book. 6-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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A fellow teacher shared this book with me. She fell in love with it at the Florida Reading Association conference last month and just had to buy it. We are studying intersecting lines, parallel lines and perpindicular lines in my fifth grade classroom. I thought this would be a fun book to read to the class so that we could discuss different types of lines.
After I read the story to my class we listed all of the verbs in the story and believe me, they are original! I don't want to spoil it for you by directly quoting from the book. We also talked about being different, of being true to yourself and not being afraid to think outside of the box. These were univesal themes the books touched on as well.
I recommend this book, you can certainly use it to teach "across the curriculum."